‘Give War a Chance’: All Out War as a Means of Ending Conflict Comparing Sri Lanka and Colombia
36 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2016
Date Written: March 28, 2013
This paper investigates the emergence of a military approach as a means of solving protracted civil conflicts in the particular cases of Sri Lanka and Colombia. The article attempts a comparative study of the military alternatives emerging as an end to civil war in both countries. The approach adopted is to study the emergence of these military options within the context of each country’s history and to assess whether the call for war was merely a consequence of the war on terror, or driven by internal elements. The paper explores the epistemological groundings and pitfalls of the all-out war theory informing this approach, before reassessing the significance and validity of the theory in relation to Sri Lanka and Colombia.
Keywords: Colombia, Sri Lanka, All-out war, Civil War
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