Research Activities

Research Projects 2023

Family Politics in Sri Lanka


In Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapakse won the 2019 presidential election. Gotabaya not only appointed his brother Mahinda, who conducted authoritarian politics as president during 2005-2015, as prime minister, but also filled the administration's leading post with his family. How did the Rajapakse clan, who lost power in 2015, regain power? Why did the people reinstate the Rajapakse family? In this study, the structure and dynamics of authoritarian politics in Sri Lanka will be elucidated through analysis of the power base and political methods of the Rajapakse family.


April 2022 - March 2024

Role Member
[ Organizer ] Arai, Etsuyo
[ Co-researcher ] Imaizumi, Shinya
[ Co-researcher ] Kawashima, Koji(Kokushikan University Professor)
[ Co-researcher ] Masuda Rika(Teikyo University Associate Professor)
[ Co-researcher ] Funatsu, Jun(Kagoshima Prefectural College Associate Professor)

*Affiliations are as of April 2023.

Expected Outcome
  • Book published by IDE (Japanese)