Could Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's former defense secretary (and brother of previous president Mahinda Rajapaksa), bring the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) together?
Last year proved to be an unpredictable year for Sri Lankan politics. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the man who ended the country's civil war in 2009 was booted out of office by an unanticipated challenger, Maithripala Sirisena.
Last week was historic for the island nation of Sri Lanka, as the electorate repeated the "January 8 revolution" and voted, once again, for momentous change in the country's style of governance.
The defeat looks set to scupper his planned political comeback.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently dissolved parliament. The election will be held on August 17; a new parliament will gather on September 1. Yet what happens next is still far from clear.
Richard E. Hoagland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, recently spoke at the Washington International Business Council.