'Damned if You Do, and Damned if You Don't': Nordic Involvement and Images of Third-Party Neutrality in Sri Lanka

'Damned if You Do, and Damned if You Don't': Nordic Involvement and Images of Third-Party... © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157180608X365235 International Negotiation 13 (2008) 341–364 www.brill.nl/iner ‘Damned if You Do, and Damned if You Don’t’: Nordic Involvement and Images of Th ird-Party Neutrality in Sri Lanka Kristine Höglund * Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Confl ict Research Uppsala University, Sweden (E-mail: kristine.hoglund@pcr.uu.se) Isak Svensson ** Assistant Professor, Department of Peace and Confl ict Research Uppsala University, Box 514, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden (E-mail: isak.svensson@pcr.uu.se) Received 3 September 2007; accepted 2 December 2007 Abstract Th ird-party actors who mediate or monitor peace often strive to uphold an image of neutrality. Yet, they commonly face accusations of partiality. Th e Nordic engagement in the Sri Lankan peace process is an illustration of this puzzle: despite the eff orts to uphold an image of being neutral mediators and monitors, they have been seen as favoring one side or the other. Th is article suggests that part of the explanation for their failure to be seen as neutral lies in the fact that armed confl icts are characterized by certain asym- metries between the main antagonists – in capabilities, status and behavior. Th ese imbalances pose par- ticular challenges to the third party http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Negotiation Brill

'Damned if You Do, and Damned if You Don't': Nordic Involvement and Images of Third-Party Neutrality in Sri Lanka

International Negotiation, Volume 13 (3): 341 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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10.1163/157180608X365235
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157180608X365235 International Negotiation 13 (2008) 341–364 www.brill.nl/iner ‘Damned if You Do, and Damned if You Don’t’: Nordic Involvement and Images of Th ird-Party Neutrality in Sri Lanka Kristine Höglund * Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Confl ict Research Uppsala University, Sweden (E-mail: kristine.hoglund@pcr.uu.se) Isak Svensson ** Assistant Professor, Department of Peace and Confl ict Research Uppsala University, Box 514, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden (E-mail: isak.svensson@pcr.uu.se) Received 3 September 2007; accepted 2 December 2007 Abstract Th ird-party actors who mediate or monitor peace often strive to uphold an image of neutrality. Yet, they commonly face accusations of partiality. Th e Nordic engagement in the Sri Lankan peace process is an illustration of this puzzle: despite the eff orts to uphold an image of being neutral mediators and monitors, they have been seen as favoring one side or the other. Th is article suggests that part of the explanation for their failure to be seen as neutral lies in the fact that armed confl icts are characterized by certain asym- metries between the main antagonists – in capabilities, status and behavior. Th ese imbalances pose par- ticular challenges to the third party

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International NegotiationBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: MONITORS; INTERNAL CONFLICT; THIRD PARTY; SRI LANKA; SLMM; NEGOTIATIONS; NORWAY; MEDIATORS; ASYMMETRY; MEDIATION

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