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By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera  “It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.” Albert Camus What happens when …

By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera – Executive Director, SAFN “They make you forget your life and push you towards some light. All bourgeois tools …

By Josh Bowes – Research Assistant SAFN With a new Maldivian president to be sworn in next month, the island nation will see …

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November 22nd 2023, Washington DC. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, the Executive Director at the South Asia Foresight Network (SAFN) under the Millennium Project in Washington …

(Pic: SAFN Executive Director Asanga Abeyagoonasekera presents at Chanakya Defence Dialogue) SAFN Executive Director Asanga Abeyagoonasekera was initiated by the Indian Army …

At the 3rd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, SAFN Executive Director Asanga Abeyagoonasekera presented a research paper on ‘Building a Shared …

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Dr. Swaran Singh is Professor for Diplomacy and Disarmament at Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). 


Lily Wangchuk has over 28 years of extensive experience in varied fields as a Writer, Consultant, Former Politician, Former Diplomat, Former Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP; Former Executive Director for Bhutan Media Foundation.


M. Ashraf Haidari is the Director-General of the South Asia Cooperative Environment Program (SACEP), and concurrently serves as the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Sri Lanka


Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Retd) is the President of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies. 


Puruesh Chaudhary is a futures researcher, development and strategic communication professional. She is the Founder and President of NGO AGAHI.

Sri Lanka

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera is an international security and geopolitics analyst and strategic advisor from Sri Lanka. 


Dr. Pramod Jaiswal is a Research Director at Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement.


Ambassador Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed is the Maldives Ambassador to the United States of America.


The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank established in 1996 under the American Council for the United Nations University that became independent in 2009 and has grown to 71 Nodes around the world (an MP Node is a group of institutions and individuals that connect local and global perspectives).

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The first volume, “The baneful existence of Chinese sea cucumber farms in Sri Lanka“ by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera (SAFN and Sri Lanka Node Chair), focuses on....