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Peace through War Responding to the Eelam Challenge

G. H. Peiris

in Twilight of the Tigers

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699456
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080229 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699456.003.0009
Peace through War Responding to the Eelam Challenge

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This chapter spans the first two years of the presidential tenure of Mahinda Rajapaksa, a period of dramatic change in the main configurations of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. At the commencement of the period there was, on the one hand, a new president who was tentative about his policy stances in respect of both national security as well as the secessionist challenge, and, on the other, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leadership who has contributed substantially to Mahinda Rajapaksa's electoral victory. Following Rajapaksa's election, the LTTE leaders launched a series of military offensives. The relentless intensification of Tiger belligerence in the early months of the new regime should be understood in the context of the remarkable success Rajapaksa achieved in consolidating his grip over the politics of Sri Lanka's south.

Keywords: Sri Lanka during November 2005 to November 2007; Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; economy; ethnic conflict; Mahinda Rajapaksa; national security; military offensives; politics; terrorism

Chapter.  12343 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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