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Rain on a Parched Land: Reconstructing a Post-Conflict Sri Lanka.

Misra, Amalendu (2004) Rain on a Parched Land: Reconstructing a Post-Conflict Sri Lanka. International Peacekeeping, 11 (2). pp. 271-288. ISSN 1743-906X

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Abstract

The Tamil insurgency in Sri Lanka is one of the longest running ethnic conflicts in recent years. The ethnic war involving the government forces and rebels, which lasted from 1983 to 2002, claimed some 64,000 lives - most of them civilians. With peace talks held in earnest between the disputants it appears the two-decade long conflict may finally be over. Cessation of hostility, of course, poses even greater challenges - notably in post-conflict reconstruction. What should be the preferred mode of interaction between the Tamil rebels and the Sri Lankan state in the new changed environment? Do international actors have a role to play in post-conflict reconstruction? How do we address the deep-seated animosities existing between Tamils and Sinhalese? This article contends that post-conflict reconstruction is society and context specific. By using several interlinked variables, the article suggests that the best chance of putting the war-ravaged society on the road to recovery depends on addressing the recommendations contained within these variables.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Peacekeeping
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Politics and International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 3212
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 15:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:05
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3212

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