n Conflict Trends - The path to economic and political emancipation in Sri Lanka

Volume 2009, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Sri Lanka is slowly, but surely, emerging out of a vicious civil war that has lasted over 25 years (July 1983-May 2009), armed conflict since 1972, and general conflict since independence in 1948. The amount of human, material, environmental and psychological destruction caused by this long, drawn-out civil war - especially in the conflict-affected Eastern Province and Northern Province - is immeasurable and will last for generations, though some quantitative and qualitative estimation does exist.

The purpose of this article is to set out the contours of a broad political-cum-economic policy framework for rebuilding the conflict region (Eastern and Northern provinces) in Sri Lanka. It does not intend to get into specific sectoral or sub-sectoral strategies, policies, programmes or projects. Instead, this article charts out a political and economic path for the conflict region, and an enabling environment that the national government should create and foster for speedy recovery from the conflict ruins. Economic resurrection of the conflict region, undoubtedly, would have a spill-over effect on the national economy as well.

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