The long civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009. The way the war was fought, and particularly the way it ended, raises serious questions about the kind of peace which now prevails. It also raises questions about the failure of international efforts to mediate the conflict at earlier points.

Were these efforts well-intentioned but doomed to failure? To what extent can international actors -whether in the UN system or bilaterally - effectively constrain violence in conflicts of this kind to prevent the emergence of a 'victor's peace'?

Gunnar Sørbø (CMI) will present the newly published report Pawns of Peace: Evaluation of Norwegian Peace Efforts in Sri Lanka 

Astri Suhrke (CMI) will present her newly published book The Peace In Between: Post-War Violence and Peace building (London, 2011)


Edited Book | 2012

The peace in between. Post-war violence and peacebuilding

This volume examines the causes and purposes of 'post-conflict' violence. The end of a war is generally expected to be followed by an end to collective violence, as the term ‘post-conflict’...
Astri Suhrke, Mats Berdal (2012)
London/ N.Y.: Routledge 335 p.
Report in External Series | 2011

Pawns of peace. Evaluation of Norwegian peace efforts in Sri Lanka, 1997-2009

This evaluation assesses Norway’s peace efforts in Sri Lanka from 1997 to 2009. It tells the story of Norway’s engagement, assesses the effects and identifies broader implications and lessons. The...
Gunnar M. Sørbø, Jonathan Goodhand, Bart Klem, Ada Elisabeth Nissen, Hilde Selbervik (2011)
Oslo: Norad (Evaluation report no. 5/2011) 183 p.