JANUARY 13, 2016 - Book Launch - To End a Civil War

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre, the Centre for International Policy Studies, and the School of International Development and Global Studies invite you to the launch of the book:

To End a Civil War
by Mark Salter

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
4 to 6 p.m.
Fauteux Hall – FTX570
(57 Louis Pasteur)

A reception will follow.
This event will be in English.
RSVP at HRREC@uOttawa.ca



  • Mark SALTER | Journalist, Analyst and Writer
  • Erik SOLHEIM | Former Norwegian Minister for International Development and for the Environment and currently Chairperson of the Development Assistance Committee for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

About the book:

Between 1983 and 2009 Sri Lanka was host to a bitter civil war fought between the Government and the Tamil Tigers, which sought the creation of an independent Tamil state.

In May 2009 came the war’s violent end with the crushing defeat of the Tamil Tigers at the hands of the Sri Lanka Army. But prior to this grim finale, for some time there had been hope for a peaceful end to the conflict. Beginning with a ceasefire agreement in early 2002, for almost five years a series of peace talks between the two sides took place in locations ranging from Thailand and Japan to Norway, Germany and Switzerland.

To End a Civil War tells the story of attempts to bring peace to Sri Lanka. In particular it details how a faraway European nation — Norway — came to play a central role in efforts to end the conflict, and what its small, dedicated team of mediators did in their untiring efforts to reach what ultimately proved the elusive goal of a negotiated peace.

In doing so it fills a critical gap in our understanding of the Sri Lankan conflict. But it also illuminates a much wider problem: the intense fragility of peace processes and the extraordinary lengths to which their protagonists will go in order to secure their progress.

*The Human Rights Research and Education Centre may take pictures at this event for use on the website and in social medias.

Mark Salter, John Packer & Erik Solheim - 13-01-2016
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