dr.vidanage   Dr. Harinda Vidanage

Dr. Harinda Vidanage was formerly Director, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), prior to his assignment at the BCIS he was Assistant Professor of International Relations, St. Lawrence University, New York from 2012 – 2016. He taught courses on International Relations, Global Governance, International Security, Technology & Warfare and global implications of Cyber politics. He specializes in the areas of International Security & Cyber Politics.

Dr. Vidanage graduated from University of Colombo Sri Lanka with first class honors for Political Science. He gained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom in 2009. Among his scholarly and academic achievements are the Senior Fulbright Award of Scholar in Residence 2011. The Prestigious Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) awarded by the British Government 2005. The Principals Scholarship awarded by University of Edinburgh 2005.

He was the Academic Director, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) 2009 - 2011. His professional experiences include appointments as Adviser, International Affairs to the Sri Lankan President 2006 - 2010 and the role of Consultant to the Sri Lanka Prime Minister during 2004- 2005 on International Affairs.

Dr. Vidanage serves as visiting lecturer, MPhil/PhD Program Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) University of Colombo, MA International Relations Program at University of Colombo.

Dr. Vidanage has presented on various local and international academic and corporate forums on themes ranging from cyber security, international security, and geopolitics. He is frequently consulted by the Sri Lanka Army and Air force for the academic advancement and international security related programs. Dr. Vidanage contributes regularly to electronic and print media analyzing current global political developments. He is the author of the biweekly international affairs column ‘Stratsight’ on the Sri Lankan daily newspaper the, Daily Mirror.

  • PhD in Politics, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. 2005 - 2009
  • BA (Hons) Special Degree In Political Science. 2003 (First Class) University of Colombo
  • Vidanage H (2020) Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean Identity in the 21st Century, in Chulanee Attanayake (Ed). Maritime Sri Lanka: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Singapore: World Scientific. (Forthcoming)
  • Vidanage Harinda (2019) Sri Lanka Confronts Islamist Violence. Nikkei Asia
    Link: https://asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/Sri-Lanka-confronts-Islamist-violence
  • Vidanage, H (2017). Weaponization of Cyberspace: Strategic Implication. Defence and Security Journal, Volume 2, pp.56 -69
  • Vidanage, H.(2015). Governance in times of the big data revolution: Sri Lanka's options. Sri Lanka Journal of Development Administration, Vol.5, pp.1-14
  • Vidanage, Harinda (2013) ‘Human Rights 2.0: Between Cyber Liberalization and Militarization. Vol 01 March 2013 New Horizons in Human Rights. CSHR.
  • Vidanage, Harinda (2009) ‘Rivalry in cyberspace and virtual contours of a new conflict zone: The Sri-Lankan case’. In Athina Karatzogiani (Ed.) Cyber-conflict and Global Politics (Contemporary Security Studies) London: Routledge
  • Changing global/regional security architectures and Security Discourse in Small States: Case of Sri Lanka. International Conference on Revisiting International Relations Critical reflection of 100 years (1919-2019). University of Dhaka, January 2020
  • Changing South Asian Politics: Sri Lankan Perspective: 13th International South Asian Conference: National University of Singapore ISAS, September 2019
  • Sri Lanka Indian Ocean identity in the 21st Century: Maritime Sri Lanka reclaiming Indian Ocean Identity (ISAS/NUS) 2018
  • Weaponized Narratives and fake News implications on Sri Lanka seminar at Ministry of Defense Sri Lanka 2018
  • Cyber Power and Cyber Strategy: Airforce Symposium 2016
  • ‘Role of Cyber Space in Soft Power projection’, Colombo Defense Seminar (September 2016)
  • ‘Cyber Crime and Trafficking’ SUNY Canton, April 2014 (Public Lecture)
  • ‘Cyber Security & Super Region 2.0’ INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CHANGING SOCIAL DYNAMICS IN SOUTH ASIA, Colombo Sri Lanka 18th August 2012 organized by BCIS Sri Lanka and ORF India.
  • ‘Bioroid Century: Spectrum of Cyber Security and its Illusions’ University of St Lawrence, New York, The Contemporary Issues Forum talk on 6th March 2012.
  • Director, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (2016 – 2020 Oct)
  • Assistant Professor International Politics, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York (2012 – 2016)
  • Director Academic/Research, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) 2009 – 2011
  • Advisor to the H.E the President of Sri Lanka, International Affairs 2006 – 2010
  • Advisor to The Prime Minister, Sri Lanka 2004 - 2005
  • Teagle Award for designing online hybrid course delivery for New York 6 University Consortium (2014)
  • Fulbright Scholar in Residence (2011 – 2012) St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York
  • Overseas Research Scholarship (ORSAS) UK for PhD program 2005
  • University of Edinburgh, College of Humanities and Social Science, Principal’s Scholarship for PhD study. (2005)
  • Fulbright award for the study of American government (2004)
  • International Politics
  • International Security Studies
  • Cyber Politics, Policy and Security
  • Technology and Society
  • Global Governance