‘Give War a Chance’: All Out War as a Means of Ending Conflict Comparing Sri Lanka and Colombia

36 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2016

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Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón‬

Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU); Department of Political and International Studies; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Syed Mansoob Murshed

Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Date Written: March 28, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Diaz, Fabio and Murshed, Syed Mansoob, ‘Give War a Chance’: All Out War as a Means of Ending Conflict Comparing Sri Lanka and Colombia (March 28, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2761443 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2761443

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