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WEBCAST: SRI LANKA BRIEFING #3
The End Of The Tigers: What's Next in Post-War Sri Lanka
SAJA presents the third in a series of webcasts about Sri Lanka (recordings of previous sessions below).
The war in Sri Lanka has drawn to a close in terms of military operations—but serious humanitarian and political questions remain. Will there be a return to armed conflict, or is it really over? How will the issues of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people be addressed? How will the human rights situation be addressed? As the international community and Sri Lankan government officials talk about a political solution, what process is likely to take hold? How far will that solution go? What will be the relationship between rehabilitation, reconstruction, development and the political process? What are the possibilities of a transitional process to provide democratic space? How can demilitarization and democracy move forward in Sri Lanka? What role will the powerful Tamil diaspora play?
Featuring: Ahilan Kadirgamar, spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum; Alan Keenan, senior analyst of the International Crisis Group; Jayampathy Wickramaratne, constitutional lawyer.
Moderator: V.V. Ganeshananthan, former SAJA vice president and author of "Love Marriage," a novel set in Sri Lanka and the diaspora.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
11:30 am-12:30 pm NY time
9 pm-10 pm Colombo time
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Listen live or to a recording: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saja/2009/05/21/SAJA-Sri-Lanka-Briefing-3
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Please post your questions in the comments section below or e-mail saja[at]columbia.edu (subject=webcast). You can also call into the show live.
Ahilan Kadirgamar is a spokesperson of the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum, an international network of Sri Lankan activists formed in 2002, and is committed to democratization, human rights and a political solution in Sri Lanka. He is also a contributing editor of Himal Southasian magazine.
Alan Keenan is the International Crisis Group's Senior Analyst based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He coordinates all aspects of Crisis Group research and publications on Sri Lanka, the dynamics of its conflict, and the possibilities of its peaceful resolution. He is also responsible for the Crisis Group's advocacy work on Sri Lanka, which involves consultation with government officials, diplomats, international NGOs, academia, the media, and policy think-tanks in Sri Lanka, as well as briefing foreign ministries, UN agencies and concerned civil society organisations in Europe and the U.S.
Jayampathy Wickramaratne, constitutional lawyer; former senior advisor, Ministry of Constitutional Affairs; member of the team that drafted the 2000 Constitution Bill; member of the panel of experts to assist the All Party Representative Committee and signatory to the "majority report" that proposed a strong power-sharing arrangement with extensive devolution and power-sharing at the center.
You can listen to previous webcasts here and here:
BRIEFING #1: http://www.sajaforum.org/2008/12/webcast-sri-lanka-the-.html
BRIEFING #2: http://www.sajaforum.org/2009/01/webcast-sri-lanka-briefing-2.html
Kadirgamar and Keenan also appeared in this discussion, co-sponsored by the Asia Society:
Post your comments or questions below.