Sri Lanka A Victor's Peace, Ana Pararajasingham
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Ana Pararajasingham

Sri Lanka A Victor's Peace

In Sri Lanka A Victor’s Peace, Ana Pararajasingham, provides a perspective on events as they unfolded following the end of  Sri Lanka’s  civil war  in May 2009.
This book is a collection of articles by the author published between September 2009 and August 2019 in various journals covering events in Asia and the Pacific.
Ana Pararajasingham was Director Programmes with the Switzerland based, Centre for Just Peace and Democracy (CJPD) between 2007 and 2009. He is the editor of Sri Lanka: 60 Years of “Independence” and Beyond  published in 2009 and author of Sri Lanka’s Endangered Peace Process and the Way Forward published in 2007.
Events in post-war Sri Lanka have been underpinned by three distinct themes:  Colombo’s pursuit of a ‘victor’s peace’; Beijing’s determination to strengthen the Beijing-Colombo axis and New Delhi’s and Washington’s attempts to re-assert their influence over Colombo.
Ana Pararajasingham has  scrupulously followed the oft-quoted dictum “Comment is free, but facts are sacred” .
Damien Kingsbury, Professor of International Politics at Deakin University, Australia has provided a powerful foreword to the book. identifying identifying the raison d'être   for these articles written over a ten year period.
According to Professor Kingsbury, "“The author has documented these events and issues in his articles, retaining a clear eye for fact where so many have been persuaded by a regrettable, often confrontational, emotion. For anyone wanting to understand post-LTTE war Sri Lanka, these articles offer invaluable insight. For anyone wanting to understand Sri Lanka’s place in the wider geo-strategic field, and to get a glimpse of how global politics can play out in a corner of the world, these articles are enlightening.”
According to Associate Professor Jake Lynch of the University of Sydney, this astute and informative collection of articles by Ana Pararajasingham help explain how the Sri Lankan government and military were able avoid meaningful accountability for their copiously documented war crimes in the early months of 2009 through  “Duplicity, delay and defiance” in its political positioning, together with exploting rival geostrategic designs by global powers.
160 printed pages
Original publication
2019

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