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By S. Holt

As one in all South Asia’s oldest democracies Sri Lanka is a serious case to check the bounds of a liberal peace, peacebuilding and exterior engagement within the payment of civil wars. This e-book is based on 9 years of study, and greater than a hundred interviews with these laid low with the battle, NGOs, and native and overseas elites engaged within the peace process. A serious review of peacebuilding and the effect of financial restoration programmes at the peace technique in Sri LankaTimely research – coming one and a part years after the conflict resulted in Sri Lanka.Based on over 9 years of specific study and over a hundred interviewsA severe evaluation of the liberal peace thesisAddresses hole within the literature on peacebuilding - assessing the effect of peacebuilding-type programmes at the flooring and difficult the frequent assumption that those actions hyperlink to peace.Includes a first-hand account of the location in Sri Lanka in the course of the ceasefire within the war-affected district of demeanour

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The following discussion will look at the definitions of peacebuilding and try to determine the kind of peace that is being attempted in the peacebuilding experiment, it will look at the dominant theories that underpin peacebuilding as it evolved during the twentieth century up to the present. 9 Definitions of peacebuilding tend to go from the general to the specific; ranging from a normative approach to conflict resolution encompassing every possible endeavour that may bring about sustained peace, to more programme-driven definitions which identify achievable sets of objectives, believed to make peace more likely.

Whatever the means, the kind of peace that we would strive for is one beyond the mere absence of war, or ‘negative’ peace toward a ‘positive’ peace. In the same way, when trying to determine what peacebuilding is, the discussion invariably focuses on what kind of structures and relationships lend themselves to a peaceful society beyond the mere absence of war. The following discussion will look at the definitions of peacebuilding and try to determine the kind of peace that is being attempted in the peacebuilding experiment, it will look at the dominant theories that underpin peacebuilding as it evolved during the twentieth century up to the present.

Field research carried out in 2005, three and a half years after the ceasefire began, found that despite the observable impact of millions of dollars in aid, the causes of the conflict remained untouched by considerable local economic recovery. It details the recovery of the Mannar district, bisected by the frontline between the Sri Lankan Armed Forces (SLAF) and the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam (LTTE), providing a comprehensive overview of the main development sectors. The case of Mannar demonstrates that while it was worthwhile on humanitarian grounds to carry out these programmes, the tangible improvements in the district had no impact on the macro-level politician situation and the structural determinants of the conflict.

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