Ethno-Political Conflict in Sri Lanka

Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 135-152, Fall 2008

25 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2008

Date Written: October 30, 2008

Abstract

This study examines ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. The major thesis is that politicization of ethnic distinctions by major political parties has fuelled an ethnic violence and conflict in Sri Lanka. The study employs an interactive approach to understand violence of both parties. Each party's violence against the other increases the sense of distrust between them. Political elites then use ethnic emotions in their quest for power, reinforcing ethnic tensions. This paper also discusses some fundamental historical factors that play a role in understanding Sri Lanka's ethnic violence. It finally suggests solutions to the protracted ethno-political conflict -- partition or power-sharing.

Keywords: democracy, violence, ethnic outbidding, and consociational solutions

Suggested Citation

Abdul Razak, Mohamed Imtiyaz and Stavis, Ben, Ethno-Political Conflict in Sri Lanka (October 30, 2008). Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 135-152, Fall 2008 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1292357

Mohamed Imtiyaz Abdul Razak (Contact Author)

Temple University ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Ben Stavis

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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