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Could the Civil War Have Been Prevented in Sri Lanka?: In Comparison with the Swiss and Lebanese Political Models
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The objective of this thesis is to analyse whether Sri Lanka could have avoided the civil war, if changes in the constitution, from 1948 to 1978, offered a political structure guaranteeing the minority rights. Furthermore, the thesis intends to study if the Swiss and Lebanese political models could offer any guidelines for the Sri Lankan conflict.

The stated purpose of the thesis is studied by analysing official documents, literatures and articles. The finding of the study is that Sri Lanka might have prevented the civil war if the constitutional arrangements had guaranteed the minority rights.

The Sri Lankan conflict is a unique case, which probably requires its own resolution model. The Swiss and Lebanese models may be applicable in the Sri Lankan case to some extent. However, a possible solution that could prevent the current political and ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, by avoiding another fatal civil war, is to establish power-sharing political arrangements, under a federal state. Whether or not Sri Lanka can achieve a sustainable peace is a question of political willingness.

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2006. , p. 38
Keywords [en]
Civil war in Sri Lanka, Tamil people’s armed struggle, Right to self-determination, Federal state
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-627DiVA, id: diva2:4344
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