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Sri Lanka after the Civil War

May 21, 2009

Now that Sri Lanka’s more than 25 year long civil war is over, what should the world expect as that country moves forward? The New Republic has the story here. An excerpt:

After a quarter century of bloodshed and somewhere over 80,000 deaths, Sri Lanka’s civil war didn’t really settle anything. It began in 1983 in a flawed-but-functioning postcolonial democracy whose leaders never seemed quite up to the task of integrating different ethnicities into one nation. It apparently ended on Sunday, in a still-flawed, newly-swaggering postwar democracy where that basic task of integration remains even more elusive.

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