Challenges to Peace and Reconciliation in Post-Civil War Sri Lanka

ASIA FORUM with Professor P. Sahadevan

Challenges to Peace and Reconciliation in Post-Civil War
Sri Lanka

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 10:00 – 11:30

The end of the 26-year long ethnic war in Sri Lanka connotes the dawn of a new political life and qualitatively different challenges facing both the state and nation. The country has entered a ‘post-war situation’ marked by absence of manifest violence, armed resistance movements and open use of military coercion as a state policy. However, post-war Sri Lanka is yet to become a post-conflict society. This underlines the need for a permanent political solution aimed at redressing the legitimate grievances of the Sri Lankan Tamil community. Yet, a political solution is far from the reality. Where is Sri Lanka heading towards? What are the post-war realities? Does the international community have a role to play in the conflict? The presentation will identify the emerging trends and challenges to peace and reconciliation in the island.

P. Sahadevan is Professor of South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Editor-in-Chief of International Studies, a quarterly journal published by SAGE Publications.

Location: ISDP, Västra Finnbodavägen 2, Stockholm-Nacka. For a map and directions, please go here.

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