The Sri Lankan Economic Crisis

Date & Time April 27, 2022 3:30pm - 4:45pm
South Asian Regional Committee

Sri Lanka is in the middle of an economic and political crisis. This is the worst economic downturn that the country has faced since independence in 1948, characterized by crippling inflation, economic mismanagement, a rise in external debt, depleting foreign exchange reserves, a weakened currency, and skyrocketing prices of essential goods. Anger against Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s handling of the economic crisis has spiraled into violence and instability, with hundreds of protesters marching on the streets and government ministers resigning.  Join Tufts SARC for a panel on an analysis of the causes and implications of the ongoing, unprecedented economic and political crisis of Sri Lanka with two esteemed speakers, Tathagata Dutta, PhD Candidate in History, Tufts University; and Aruni Jayakody, PhD Candidate, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts university. Check out SARC’s Instagram @tuftssarc for more info.