Vol. 3, No. 2 (2007): 65–91.
When the tsunami devastated communities along two-thirds of Sri Lanka’s coast at the end of 2004, the national community rallied impressively and, for a brief period, there was an opportunity to turn a fragile “ceasefire” agreement into an enduring peace settlement. That opportunity was wasted and underlying weaknesses in governance have bedevilled the recovery process. The world must learn from Sri Lanka’s difficult experience.
Martin Mulligan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Globalism Institute at RMIT University in Melbourne where he specializes in research on the sustainability of local communities in the context of globalization. His books include Ecological Pioneers: A social history of Australian ecological thought and action (with Stuart Hill, Cambridge University Press 2001) and Decolonizing nature: Strategies for conservation in a post-colonial era (with William Adams, Earthscan 2003).