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Sri Lanka Steps Carefully in Shaping Courts to Try War Atrocities

Sri Lanka Steps Carefully in Shaping Courts to Try War Atrocities

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

By: James Rupert

The Sri Lankan government expects to decide within six months the shape of special courts to address war crimes committed in the country’s 26-year civil war, its foreign minister said at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The courts will include “international participation”—with foreign professionals perhaps serving as investigators, judges or prosecutors—said Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. But in a reflection of the political sensitivities of the post-war reconciliation effort, Samaraweera...

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Democracy & Governance

Reconciliation as the Road to Durable Peace

Reconciliation as the Road to Durable Peace

Thursday, September 24, 2015

By: Fred Strasser

Apology. Confession. Truth-telling. Forgiveness. These are elements of reconciliation, perhaps the most important underpinning for turning a violent conflict into durable peace. Yet building peace is complicated by a reality that human cultures have no agreed definition of reconciliation. Indeed many may resist it as an imposed Western value, USIP scholars said.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Religion; Reconciliation

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia

Friday, January 17, 2014

In Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia, ten experts native to South Asia consider the nature of intrastate insurgent movements from a peacebuilding perspective. Case studies on India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka lend new insights into the dynamics of each conflict and how they might be prevented or resolved.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

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