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Why is it so hard to talk about peace in Sri Lanka?
Finding answers to this question is the focus of this address by Gilberto Algar-Faria, a British ex-commando turned PhD Candidate at the University of Bristol and Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney. He admits he had little knowledge of the complexity of the issue when he began his post graduate study.
What he knew was that the country was ‘post conflict’. But what did that mean? That the island was at peace? If so, how do you define peace?
Algar-Faria refers to academic peace researchers, such as Johan Galtung, whose analysis defines positive and negative peace. Using these studies, Algar-Faria makes a careful assessment of Sri Lanka, a country that had fought a very violent civil war for nearly 30 years.
This address was filmed at the University of Sydney.
24 Oct 2014
Big Ideas, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia