How Do Separatist Insurgents Use Negotiations for Their Growth and Survival?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Several scholarly discussions have been held and numerous studies conducted on the subject of counterinsurgency warfare, but little emphasis has been placed on studying the relationship between negotiations and the growth of insurgency. For that reason, this thesis makes an effort to research this unexamined area. First, the author conducted an in-depth review of the literature published on the subjects of insurgency and negotiations to acquire a sound knowledge of their theoretical foundations. Second, the author conducted a case study of the Sri Lankan scenario, where a prolonged counterinsurgency campaign has been waged for the last two decades. The research focused on four different sessions from 1985 to 2003 during which the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka GOSL and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE conducted negotiations to further understand how a separatist insurgent organization makes use of negotiations for its growth and survival. The author provides recommendations to legitimate counterinsurgents for gainfully engaging in negotiations with insurgents while denying the insurgents an undue advantage.
- Government and Political Science
- Unconventional Warfare