Sinhala hawks have nothing to lose

The international community’s past policies towards Sri Lanka and its failure to revisit fundamental assumptions is fuelling the slide to renewed war.

Unitary state, united citizens and multiculturalism

Which – ethnic harmony or a unitary state – is more important to Sri Lankans?

India and Sri Lanka’s ethnic question

India has the additional responsibility to meet the expectations of other players in international affairs.

Sri Lanka’s enduring crisis of legitimacy

Sri Lanka is not so much a failed state but a state which, if you are not Sinhala, is so defective as to be beyond repair.

Sri Lanka’s war aim is to take the east

The Rajapakse administration is pushing for a new round of conflict - with specific strategic objectives.

How does rights advocacy fail?

What is the wider impact of selective criticism on the norm of human rights?

JVP, SLFP and ‘Mahinda Chintanaya’

Despite last week’s election, a major shift in the dynamics of the peace process is not in sight.

Hardly a vote for peace

Readings of last week’s election results are overly optimistic.

A stake in waging war against Tamils

Muslims are being coopted into the Sinhala state’s efforts to crush the Tamil struggle.

Southern politics and peace

Why is consensus amongst Sinhala parties so elusive?