War, Peace and Reconciliation: The Way Forward for Sri Lankka at the Harvard Kennedy School

Posted: March 1, 2011 in News and Views

“War, Peace, and Reconciliation: The Way Forward for Sri Lnka,” a panel discussion hosted by the India and South Asia Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The panel features:

  • Ambassador Palitha T. B. Kohona, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sri Lanka
  • Ahilan Kadirgamar, Spokesperson Sri Lanka Democracy Forum
  • Vasuki Nesiah, Associate Professor of Practice, New York University
  • Moderated by: Nicholas Burns Director, India and South Asia Program and Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politic

Location: Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor Belfer Building

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Time: 4:15pm – 6:00pm

Short Bios for the Panelists

Ambassador Nicholas Burns (Moderator)

Amb. Burns in currently Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics and was the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Dr. Palitha Kohana

Dr. Kohana is currently the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN. During the final stages of the civil conflict he was the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has represented the government in a number of peace negotiations with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and also served as the Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process. He holds a doctorate from Cambridge University.

Mr. Ahilan Kadirgamar

Mr. Kadirgamar is a spokesperson of the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum, a contributing editor for Himal Southasian and a member of the South Asia Solidarity Initiative in New York. He is interested in the political economy of South Asia and writes on questions of state and society in Sri Lanka in forums such as the Economic and Political Weekly and the newly formed Sri Lankan social justice magazine dissenting dialogues. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Dr. Vasuki Nesiah

Dr. Nesiah is currently an associate professor of practice at New York University. Her main areas of research include the law and politics of international human rights and humanitarianism, with a particular focus on transitional justice. Her past publications have engaged with different dimensions of public international law, legal history focused on colonialism and self-determination, the politics of memory, comparative constitutionalism, law and politics in South Asia and international feminisms. She holds an SJD and a JD from the Harvard Law School.

  1. John Bernard says:

    Hello! good blog and stuff

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