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  • Sri Lanka: Dismounting the Tiger

    A critical appraisal of the national security decision making (NSDM) during IPKF operations is revealing. At every stage, the NSDM was found wanting. The fact that none of the actors possessed the delicate skill or means by which to control events proved that not much thought had gone into the decisions. Involvement of numerous actors made the decision making challenging, which was further complicated by varied and cacophonous inputs and assessments. Overconfidence also created an opaque in the clarity of decisions taken. Lessons from the IPKF involvement are numerous.

    October 2009

    National Security Decision Making Structures in India: Lessons from the IPKF Involvement in Sri Lanka

    A critical appraisal of the national security decision making (NSDM) during IPKF operations is revealing. At every stage, the NSDM was found wanting. The fact that none of the actors possessed the delicate skill or means by which to control events proved that not much thought had gone into the decisions. Involvement of numerous actors made the decision making challenging, which was further complicated by varied and cacophonous inputs and assessments. Overconfidence also created an opaque in the clarity of decisions taken. Lessons from the IPKF involvement are numerous.

    October 2009

    Growing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has achieved military victory over Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). This fight against the LTTE has had different connotations for both India and China. In the current scenario India had to be neutral as this definitely would have had repercussions on Indian soil. The involvement of Tamil’s had put to test the Indian internal security. And thus the Indian government had to decide not to supply arms and ammunitions to the Sri Lankan government in its fight against the LTTE.

    June 08, 2009

    Brief on India’s Neighbourhood

    Terrorism, maritime security and border management are the key challenges in India's neighbourhood

    May 28, 2009

    UNICEF: 150,000-200,000 civilians trapped in war zone; Health professionals worried about the growing rates of suicides; EAM Mukherjee: No military solution to the rights of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka;

    9-15 March 2009
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    The latest UNICEF humanitarian update shows that nutritional levels in the war-affected areas of Sri Lanka were lower than the national average due to the ongoing conflict compounded by a lack of supplies. The report also points out that 150,000-200,000 civilians were trapped inside the combat zone over an area of about 50 sq km.1

    2009
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    Learning the right lessons on the just concluded counter insurgency operations in Sri Lanka

    The death of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (LTTE) leader Prabhakran closes a chapter in the first counter insurgency success of the 21st century by military means. A greater challenge in nation building now faces the Sri Lankan people - integrating the Tamils in their society dominated by Sinhala Buddhists.

    Purely from a military point of view some important lessons and some areas of further inquiry emerge. In brief they are:

    May 22, 2009

    Masses in Flight: The Crisis of Internal Displacement in Sri Lanka

    The exodus from the conflict zone in Sri Lanka as well as the plight of those still trapped in it have not only become a major focus of international attention, but also raise questions about President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ‘peace through war strategy’. The Sri Lankan government’s case for the final assault on a weakened LTTE irrespective of the “human catastrophe” needs to be challenged. Neither is there a guarantee that life for the affected population will change for the better once they leave government-controlled areas, indicating that the war could drag on indefinitely.

    May 05, 2009

    Is it Endgame for LTTE?

    The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) struggle against the Sri Lankan Government has taken different forms at different times since early 1970s. However, developments since 2006 have had an adverse impact on the LTTE and its efforts to seek a solution through violent means. The LTTE's numerical strength has fallen and it is also not doing too well in drafting recruits and procuring arms. The territory under its control is shrinking visibly: from the loss of the East and now with the intrusion of the Sri Lankan troops deep inside Killinochchi.

    January 2009

    Will The Fall Of Killinochchi End Ethnic Crisis In Sri Lanka?

    After nearly four months of intense conflict, the Sri Lankan military has finally taken control of Killinochchi, a key northern Sri Lankan town and the de facto capital of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In fact, in the ongoing fourth Eelam War, Killinochchi is an important milepost, and thus constitutes an outstanding victory for the advancing troops and a big blow to the Tigers. In particular, the capture of the administrative capital of the rebels represents a symbolic victory for the Sri Lankan government, which has been fighting the rebels for over two decades.

    January 12, 2009

    The Muslim Factor in the Sri Lankan Ethnic Conflict

    The Muslims in Sri Lanka have emerged as a key stakeholder in the past decade. Though they have not directly participated in the conflict, their intervention in the recent peace moves and their role in the May 10, 2008 Eastern Provincial Council election, the first in two decades, has underscored the significance of the Muslim factor in Sri Lankan politics. In fact, the increasing profile of Sri Lankan Muslims has raised certain fundamental questions about the efficacy and durability of any final settlement of the ethnic conflict that may be arrived at.

    September 2008

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