Col R Hariharan is a retired officer of an intelligent corps in the Indian Army, an expert on South Asia and terrorism. He served as the head of intelligence of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka 1987-90.Read more..
Amid diplomatic strife, the UK-led resolution was passed at the 46th session of UNHRC in Geneva. This is not just a resolution to insisting on the protection of human rights in Sri Lanka but also pressures the country to embrace the rules-based international order. After all, human rights concerns and the rules-based order are intertwined with each other. This is not well understood in the Sri Lankan context.
For those aligned with the realist tradition in international relations, the creation of the Indo-Lanka Accord becomes a point of reference for corroboration. The standpoint is that India was guided by the logic of national interest, which alludes to factors such as security and relative capabilities. Indeed, such factors continue to animate the realist school of thought. After all, the accord was signed in 1987 during the Cold War and contracted in the shadow of the Indo-Bangla Treaty of 1972 and the Indo-Soviet Treaty of 1971.Read more..
The monument erected at the University of Jaffna in memory of the people who lost their lives during the last war was removed by the university administration on the 8th of January 2021. A bulldozer was used to demolish it at night on the orders of the university’s vice-chancellor Srisatkunarajah.Read more..
The Oslo II Accord that was signed in September 1995 substantiated an important argument in state-building. By calling for the Palestinian Police to be the only security authority, it underscored the position that security dimensions will take precedence. The other two pillars of state-building — the political and economic dimensions — will always play second fiddle.Read more..