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Building Sustainable PeaceTiming and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding$
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Arnim Langer and Graham K. Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757276.001.0001

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Timing and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka

Timing and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka

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(p.418) Chapter 23 Timing and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka
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Building Sustainable Peace
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Oliver Walton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757276.003.0023

This chapter considers the timing and sequencing of peacebuilding interventions during Sri Lanka’s turbulent war-to-peace transition since 2002. The Sri Lankan case demonstrates some of the problematic consequences associated with prioritizing economic over political issues and illustrates how peacebuilding efforts are likely to prove counterproductive if they are not preceded by a settled political consensus around the need for substantive state reform. The chapter also generates some broader insights into how sequencing processes in war-to-peace transitions can be analysed and understood. It argues that historical political divisions surrounding the timing and sequencing of reforms bear heavily on contemporary dilemmas and debates and, therefore, stresses the importance of understanding how and why contemporary discourses and coalitions of interests were formed.

Keywords:   Sri Lanka, peacebuilding, conflict, timing, sequencing

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