© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/157180609X406544 International Negotiation 14 (2009) 121–147 www.brill.nl/iner Can’t We Just Talk? Reputational Concerns and International Intervention in Sri Lanka and Indonesia (Aceh) Bidisha Biswas * Department of Political Science, Western Washington University, Arntzen Hall 415 Bellingham, WA 98225, USA (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) Received 25 June 2008; accepted 27 September 2008 Abstract Th e international community has been increasingly interested in the ways by which external actors help end civil conﬂ icts. Th is study compares and contrasts the conﬂ icts in Sri Lanka and Indonesia (Aceh) in order to understand why international intervention has failed in Sri Lanka but has been successful in Aceh. In Sri Lanka, the intensely fractured nature of domestic politics has been one of the most signiﬁ cant obstacles to successful peace talks. Although international intervention has become necessary to overcome the trust barriers between the two parties, it is seen as a threat to national sovereignty and therefore rejected. In contrast, the democratization process in Indonesia created new opportunities for peace. Th e political will of principal actors and their receptivity to external assistance enabled a peace agreement in 2005. Th e ﬁ ndings of this study
International Negotiation – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: REPUTATION; CIVIL CONFLICTS; CONFLICT; INTERVENTION; SRI LANKA; LTTE; MEDIATION; GAM; TERRORIST GROUPS; INDONESIA
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