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Stabilizing a Victor’s Peace? Humanitarian action and reconstruction in eastern Sri Lanka

Goodhand, Jonathan (2010) 'Stabilizing a Victor’s Peace? Humanitarian action and reconstruction in eastern Sri Lanka.' Disasters, 34 (3). pp. 342-367.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the ‘Sri Lankan model’ of counter-insurgency and stabilisation and its implications for humanitarian and development actors. The Sri Lanka case shows that discourses, policies and practices associated with ‘stabilisation’ are not confined to ‘fragile state’ contexts in which there is heavy (and often militarised) international engagement—even though exemplars such as Afghanistan and Iraq have tended to dominate debates on this issue. Rather than being a single template, the ‘stabilisation agenda’ takes on very different guises in different contexts, presenting quite specific challenges to humanitarian and development actors. This is particularly true in settings like Sri Lanka, where there is a strong state, which seeks to make aid ‘coherent’ with its own vision of a militarily imposed political settlement. Working in such environments involves navigating a highly-charged domestic political arena, shaped by concerns about sovereignty, nationalism and struggles for legitimacy.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 14677717
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1111/j.1467-7717.2010.01212.x
Depositing User: Jonathan Goodhand
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2010 09:32
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/10929

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