Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783606542 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783606559 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Push Back

Sri Lanka's Dance with Global Governance

Judith Large

Push Back

Judith Large

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200 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783606542 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783606559 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only
After decades of conflict, the Sri Lankan government in 2009 proclaimed the decisive defeat of the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam. Since then, the state has proved resistant to attempts by the UN and other international bodies to promote postwar reconciliation. In this incisive new work, Judith Large investigates the ways in which the Sri Lankan government has been able to subvert international diplomatic efforts, and she explores the wider context of rising Sinhalese nationalism, the attendant growth of discrimination against Tamils, and efforts by both the Tamil diaspora and groups within Sri Lanka to lobby the international community.

The implications of Large’s work also extend far beyond Sri Lanka to the larger conversation about the integral role the international community plays in negotiating an end to conflicts and supervising the rebuilding of post-conflict societies. Push Back will be vital reading not only for those interested in Sri Lanka, but for those interested in the wider implications of the conflict for human rights, peacemaking, and geopolitics.
Timeline of Sri Lankan history
Map of Sri Lanka
Introduction: reflections on ‘optics’- Sri Lanka and dilemmas in the study of violence and global governance
1 War’s end and competing models for recovery
2 Executive presidency and the unitary state
3 Non-interference Sri Lankan style
4 The outsiders
5 Majoritarianism or divide and rule
6 Home-grown solution and the quest for accountability
7 Small state in a large system
Review Quotes
Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka project director, International Crisis Group
“Offers a fascinating account of the Sri Lankan government’s tense relationship with the international community. Filled with sharp insights, Pushback will help us all have a better sense of where Sri Lanka may be headed.”
Chandra Lekha Sriram, University of East London

“This important new volume is essential reading for those wishing to understand the decades-long conflict in Sri Lanka, the quest for accountability, and the challenges of building peace in the wake of conflict.”

Sanjana Hattotuwa, Centre for Policy Alternatives (Sri Lanka)
“Incisively interrogates Sri Lanka’s socio-political fabric under the Rajapaksa regime . . . the book sheds new light on how the government got away with outrageous human rights violations, even after the war. It is essential reading for understanding the politics of the period.”
Kevin Clements, University of Otago
“A brilliant exposition of the end game in the Sri-Lankan civil war. This book is essential background reading for anyone interested in how civil wars end and the role of different actors in these processes.”
Frances Harrison, former Sri Lanka correspondent for the BBC and author of Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka's Hidden War
“The first serious academic study of the Rajapaksa regime’s manipulation of the international system, which enabled them to preside over mass atrocities and get away scot free.”
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