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Twilight of the TigersPeace Efforts and Power Struggles in Sri Lanka$
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G. H. Peiris

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195699456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699456.001.0001

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Peace through War Responding to the Eelam Challenge

Peace through War Responding to the Eelam Challenge

(p.201) 8 Peace through War Responding to the Eelam Challenge
Twilight of the Tigers

G. H. Peiris

Oxford University Press

This chapter spans the first two years of the presidential tenure of Mahinda Rajapaksa, a period of dramatic change in the main configurations of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. At the commencement of the period there was, on the one hand, a new president who was tentative about his policy stances in respect of both national security as well as the secessionist challenge, and, on the other, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leadership who has contributed substantially to Mahinda Rajapaksa's electoral victory. Following Rajapaksa's election, the LTTE leaders launched a series of military offensives. The relentless intensification of Tiger belligerence in the early months of the new regime should be understood in the context of the remarkable success Rajapaksa achieved in consolidating his grip over the politics of Sri Lanka's south.

Keywords:   Sri Lanka during November 2005 to November 2007, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, economy, ethnic conflict, Mahinda Rajapaksa, national security, military offensives, politics, terrorism

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