Bitter lessons, learnt well

Why has the international community’s extraordinary focus recently on humanitarian standards has been received with such skepticism?

All for one and one for all

Do the Tamils really expect the international community to heed our call? Or is there another reason for the Resurgence events?

Sri Lanka's buttock brouhaha

‘It is the intention of Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe to generate a ‘mod’ farmer without hanging cheeks and whose buttocks are not visible as in the traditional clothing.’ So read a pre-election press release this month by one Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Sri Lankan MP and member of the leading opposition United National Party (UNP), whose leader, the aforementioned Mr Wickramasinghe, hopes to become president when the country goes to the polls in three weeks’ time. There are many important issues being contested: recovery from the tsunami, an uneasy ceasefire in the long-running civil war, arguments over...

Strengths and weaknesses of the campaigns

Each vote, even in the most negligible electorate, counts

Democracy and the Northeast

A mix of paramilitary groups and marginalised politicians are being put forward as the actors through which the project of democratizing the Northeast ought to proceed.

Open door to extremism

What are the possibilities for consensus on a solution to Sri Lanka's conflict?

Whither peace after the polls?

Regardless of who wins the Presidential polls, the prospects for a revival of the Norwegian initiative look slim.

Fear and loathing

Anxiety about terrorism is now shaping Britain’s political debate and redefining allegiances.

An impediment to the peace process

It is unfair and unacceptable to choose one party to the peace talks and penalise it.

Development won’t end Sri Lanka’s war

The strategy being advocated by President Chandrika Kumaratunga today is a derivative of her ‘war for peace.’