The Mission

To engage in independent research of Sri Lanka’s international relations and strategic interests, to provide insights and recommendations that advance justice, peace, prosperity and sustainability.

The late Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar

The late Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar

The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI), is a multi-disciplinary research forum dedicated to analysing Sri Lanka’s strategic interests in the realm of international relations, within contemporary domestic and global contexts. This Institute functions as a forum for the generation of research and analysis, with a view to providing input into national policy formulation.

The Institute is named after the late Lakshman Kadirgamar, P.C., M.P., three-times Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, who served in this capacity from 1994-2000, 2000-2001 and 2004-2005. The Institute is the realisation of a goal relentlessly pursued by the late Foreign Minister, to fulfill the need in the country for a centre dedicated to the study of its strategic interests and international relations in a broader and holistic context. The Institute also reflects the late Minister Kadirgamar’s vision for Sri Lanka, by promoting the country’s intellectual profile and seeking to achieve the right balance between its strategic interests and changing global realities.

Housed at “The Lighthouse”, the Institute occupies a building steeped in contemporary Sri Lankan history, having been built by Mr. D. D. Peiris in Cinnamon Gardens. The building and surrounding land was acquired by the British Board of Trade in 1933 and housed the Imperial Lighthouse Service of Ceylon and Minicoy until 1976, when the ownership was transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy. It has belonged to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1977.