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Centre for Strategic Studies – Trincomalee

Research. Outreach. Events.

The Centre for Strategic Studies — Trincomalee was launched in 2018 and strives to be a non-profit and non-partisan institution. The decision to launch it in Trincomalee is because of the area’s strategic importance. After all, Trincomalee has been a contested site for centuries. During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Trincomalee was fought off its coast. The Trincomalee Garrison has been occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch, French, and British. During World War II, the East Indies Station was moved to Trincomalee after the fall of Singapore.

The institution has been incorporated under the laws of Sri Lanka. The political analyst, Mr. A. Jathindra, is the founder with Prof. K. T. Ganeshalingam, the Head of the Political Department of the University of Jaffna, serving on the board. Mr. Jathindra was selected by US State Department in 2019 to participate in a regional program titled “US Foreign Policy in the Indo – Pacific.” 


CSST is dedicated to conducting research and reporting on issues of geopolitical significance in relation to Sri Lanka and the South Asian Region. The institute seeks to promote understanding of these issues and to converse knowledge and insights about it to policy makers, the business community, academia, and civil society in Sri Lanka and beyond.



The objectives of the Centre for Strategic Studies — Trincomalee include the following:

  • To provide a free and open forum for the discussion and debate of critical national, regional, and global issues.
  • Serve as a hub for shaping public opinion with liberal principles.
  • To build a meaningful bridge between Think Tanks based on mutual understanding and interest.
  • To help develop the necessary tools and ideas needed to face modern challenges including politics, human rights, globalization, and environmental challenges


  • Analyse issues and disseminate findings through articles on its website.
  • Monthly briefing.
  • Political education and training to journalists and other stakeholders in international relations.
  • Publications
  • Facilitate the development of media and public engagement training programs.
  • Mentoring young people who are studying politics and international relations.
  • Conferences.
  • Facilitate investments from the diaspora to the North-East of Sri Lanka.


In-depth discussions on the latest developments in the Indo–Pacific.



CSST welcomes well-researched papers, evidence-based analysis, thoughtful arguments, and constructive critical views. Authors are responsible for the content of their papers. CSST encourages authors to submit papers written in Tamil for publication in the Tamil section and where deemed necessary endeavour to have them translated into English for publication in its English section.

Articles submitted to CSST must comply with the following:

  • Author's original work based on solid analysis
  • In a language that can be read with ease and pleasure by professionals and non-specialists.
  • Offered exclusively to CSST.
  • Between 800 to 1,200 words.
  • Accompanied by a brief bio of the author

CSST shall, occasionally commission articles between 1,200 words and 3,000 words exploring issues in depth.


CSST shall, from time to time publish interviews with political personalities, academics and activists.

Projects and Publications

CSST shall from time to time publish well-researched papers covering a range of issues and implement projects across various subjects.



The views and opinions expressed in this site are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the institution.