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International Relations Theory and South AsiaSecurity, Political Economy, Domestic Politics, Identities, and Images Vol. 1$
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E. Sridharan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198069652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069652.001.0001

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Re-designing the Architecture of the State?

Re-designing the Architecture of the State?

Sri Lanka's Transition from Civil War to Post-Civil War State

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International Relations Theory and South Asia

Jayadeva Uyangoda

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the possibilities that existed, before the civil war ended in Sri Lanka in 2009, for state reform in Sri Lanka in conjunction with a negotiated settlement between the government and the LTTE. It argues that the protracted ethnic conflict and civil war had made state reform both necessary and difficult in Sri Lanka. Even amidst difficulties, a sustained argument for state remaking had emerged in Sri Lanka along with a state reformist discourse. The chapter then examines different state reform models and approaches available to Sri Lanka and argues for a state reform project of deep federalization. This should bring together the goals and agendas of ethnic conflict resolution, state rebuilding, and democratization. The chapter concludes by highlighting how the ending of the civil war in 2009 has paradoxically made state reform doubly difficult in Sri Lanka.

Keywords:   Sri Lanka's civil war, ethnic conflict, state reform, deep-federalization, LTTE, Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims

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