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10 May 2015
Dateline Colombo
Finding a Path to True Democracy in Sri Lanka

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera writes about the significance of sustainability in nation-building efforts for Sri Lanka at this point in time
30 October 2009
Cross-border Nationalism
N Manoharan discusses the recent visit of Indian MP's to Sri Lanka
11 August 2009
Will the LTTE Rise Again?
N Manoharan reviews the potential for the reemergence of the LTTE
4 July 2009
15th Lok Sabha's Verdict : Erosion of Naxal Base in Bihar
Satish Kumar highlights the reasons for the defeat of the CPI-ML in the recent Lok Sabha elections.
24 June 2009
Red Faces The Redder: Operation Lalgarh
Uddipan Mukherjee explains the violence in Lalgarh as a result of the failed policies of the Left Front Government.
9 March 2009
Recent Developments in Sri Lanka: Implications for India
Report of Roundtable Discussion held at the IPCS on 6 February 2009
9 March 2009
For a Pro-active Indian Policy on Sri Lanka
Leslie Keerthi Kumar SM argues that New Delhi ought to help address the political void likely to be created by the crushing of the LTTE
26 February 2009
Sri Lanka: Cease the Fire and Catch the Peace
N Manoharan argues that Colombo should hold a truce in its fight against the LTTE in the larger national interest
30 March 2007
LTTE's Air Power
Prashant Dikshit looks at the implications of the LTTE air attack against the Katunayake air base
29 March 2007
LTTE Air Raid: Raising the Stakes
R R Vinod states that the LTTE's recent air strikes demonstrates its ability to strike back even when the chips are down
16 January 2007
Semiotics of Terrorism: A 'Symbolic' Understanding of the LTTE
N Manoharan examines the significance of the symbol of the Tiger in LTTE ideology
29 December 2006
New Legal Weapon against Terrorism in Sri Lanka
N Manoharan examines the viability of the new anti-terrorism legislation in Sri Lanka
26 June 2006
LTTE Operations and Attacks: A method to the madness
RR Vinod reviews the tactics of the LTTE in the context of its long term strategy
20 February 2006
Sri Lanka: Significance of Geneva Talks
N Manoharan opines that the Geneva talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE are significant in two ways
1 June 2005
Tigers with Fins: Naval Wing of the LTTE
N Manoharan provides an overview of the LTTE's naval wing, the Sea Tigers
28 April 2005
Tigers with Wings - Air Power of the LTTE
N Manoharan examines the development of air wing by the LTTE and the consequent security implications
30 November 2004
Stabilising a Stalemate: Where Sri Lankan Peace Process is Heading?
N Manoharan cautions that it is not good for the peace process if the present stalemate continuous sine die
20 October 2004
Financial Fodder - External Sources of LTTE Funds
N Manoharan gives an overview of external sources of funds of the LTTE
16 October 2004
Financial Fodder - Internal Sources of LTTE Funds
N Manoharan provides a synoptic view of the sources of funds of the LTTE from within Sri Lanka
16 August 2004
Tigers After a Tiger: Why the LTTE Wants to Eliminate Karuna?
N Manoharan finds out reasons for the LTTE to eliminate the Karuna faction
31 March 2004
Symbolic Gestures: 'Tiger' and Militant Groups
N Manoharan explores the reasons for militant groups' obsession with the name/symbol of 'Tiger'
11 March 2004
Split in the Stripes: Rebellion within the LTTE
N. Manoharan takes a look at the recent rift in the LTTE along regional lines
9 March 2004
Dissension in Tiger Camp
RR Vinod comments on the infighting within the LTTE camp and its likely outcomes
21 October 2003
Child Soldiers – III: ‘Baby Brigades’ of the LTTE
N Manoharan argues for a more specific mechanism to check recruitment of child soldiers by the LTTE
26 July 2003
Suicide Terrorism in South Asia: From Promised Land to Presumed Land
Suba Chandran brings to light the crucial differences between the various suicide terrorists in South Asia
25 June 2003
Will LTTE Give Peace a Chance?
Cdr Vijay Sakhuja questions the LTTE’s commitment to the peace process given frequent reports of incidents involving the Sea Tigers
21 March 2003
Tigresses of Lanka: From Girls to Guerillas
Manoharan analyses the reasons behind the large number of women cadres in the LTTE
23 April 2002
The Politics of Peace: LTTE Style
Nisheetha Subes tries to answer whether the LTTE is sincerely committed to the present peace process
10 April 2002
Peace Process in Sri Lanka II De-proscription Debate: Un-caging the Tigers?
N Manoharan analyses the pros and cons of lifting the ban on the LTTE by Sri Lanka
28 February 2002
The Sri Lankan Ceasefire
Brig SP Sinha discusses the background to the recent announcement of unilateral ceasefire by the LTTE
7 February 2002
LTTE Overtures to India: Is it Real or Virtual?
S Ramkumar looks into the latest Indian dilemma in resolving the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka
7 October 2001
Born to Die: The Black Tigers of the LTTE
Suba Chandran points out why the Black Tigers – the suicide squad of the LTTE – form the backbone of the terrorist organization
2 August 2001
Attack at Katunayake: Strategic Rights and Political Wrongs
N. Manoharan analyses the reasons for and the implications of the recent attack on the Katunayake airbase and the Bandaranaike International Airport by the LTTE
18 January 2001
Cease the Fire and Catch the Peace
N. Manoharan analyses the prospects of the unilateral ceasefire declared by the LTTE
16 November 2000
The LTTE Network
Sabil Francis brings out various support networks of the LTTE in the post-1991 scenario
14 November 2000
LTTE and Tamil Nadu: A Nexus
Sabil Francis enumerates the reasons behind the links between the LTTE and the Tamil nationalist groups in Tamil Nadu
26 June 2000
Psyint Analysis: Profiling Eelam Tigers
Maj Gen Yashwant Deva offers an Psyint analysis of the Tamil Tigers
8 June 2000
Sri Lanka: Lions, Tigers and an Elephant
N. Manoharan views the fall of Elephant pass as a serious set back for Sri Lanka
2 February 2000
The Uniqueness of LTTE's Suicide Bombers
Sabil Francis explains why the LTTE's tactics of terror are unique among nationalist movements
20 December 1999
Sri Lanka: Elections, Human Bombs and the LTTE
D. Azhagarasu concludes given the nature of LTTE and its history, the future of peace in Sri Lanka depends either on uprooting the LTTE totally or granting Tamil Eelam as the LTTE demands
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