Creating Peace in Sri Lanka: Civil War and Reconciliation by Robert I. RotbergCreating Peace in Sri Lanka: Civil War and Reconciliation by Robert I. Rotberg

Creating Peace in Sri Lanka: Civil War and Reconciliation

EditorRobert I. Rotberg

Hardcover | October 1, 1999

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Sri Lanka, one of the most promising states in Asia following independence in 1948, has been torn apart for the past fifteen years by a vicious civil war. The majority Sinhala and minority Tamils have killed each other with increasing ferocity. The Tamils, who are primarily Hindu, fear losing their identity and being overwhelmed by the majority, who are Buddhist. The Sinhala, in turn, fear that the Tamils, with the backing of their ethnic kin in the Indian province of Tamil Nadu, will destabilize and take over control of the Sri Lankan government. Colonial-era rivalries and deep-rooted distrust fuel the tensions. What will bring about an end to this destructive conflict, and how will the island nation heal its physical and psychic wounds following a peace? How will a sustainable peace be arranged? Can mediation help? This book of essays by Sri Lankan and Western authors examines the causes of war and the possibilities for peace. Contributors are Chandra R. de Silva, Old Dominion University; Rohan Edrisinha, University of Colombo; Saman Kelegama, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka; David Little, United States Institute of Peace; Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, Columbia University; Teresita C. Schaffer, former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka; David Scott, Johns Hopkins University; Donald R. Snodgrass, Harvard Institute for International Development; Jayadeva Uyangoda, Sri Lanka Foundation; William Weisberg and Donna Hicks, Harvard University. A World Peace Foundation Book

Robert I. Rotberg is director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Resolution at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and president of the World Peace Foundation. Rotberg is the author or editor of numerous books, including State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror ...
Title:Creating Peace in Sri Lanka: Civil War and ReconciliationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.84 inPublished:October 1, 1999Publisher:Brookings Institution PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0815775784

ISBN - 13:9780815775782


From Our Editors

Like many regions in the world, Sri Lanka has faced bruises and battery by the conflicts between the predominantly Hindu Tamils and the Buddhist Sinhala. In the last decade, the violence in the region has escalated to tragic proportions. In Creating Peace in Sri Lanka, editor Robert I. Rotberg gathers essays examining the reasons why each community feels threatened culturally by the other group. Rather than simply discussing cause and effect, the writings also offer potential solutions that might bring about lasting peace in this Asian state.