Sri Lanka

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Eduardo Marino

Eduardo Marino

Visiting Researcher

Indra de Soysa

Indra de Soysa

External Associate

Iselin Frydenlund

Iselin Frydenlund

Associate Professor, Norwegian School of Theology

Kumar Rupesinghe

Kumar Rupesinghe


Marta Bivand Erdal

Marta Bivand Erdal

Research Director

Scott Gates

Scott Gates

Research Professor

Wenche Iren Hauge

Wenche Iren Hauge

Senior Researcher


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Davies, Sara & Jacqui True (2017) When there is no justice: gendered violence and harm in post-conflict Sri Lanka, The International Journal of Human Rights. DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2017.1360025.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Kristian Stokke (2009) Contributing to Development? Transnational Activities among Tamils in Norway, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 18(3): 397–418.
Brekke, Torkel (2009) Beyond Theological Essentialism and Ethnic Reductionism: A Review Essay about Religion and the Peace Process in Sri Lanka, International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture 12: 125–156.
Rupesinghe, Kumar (1989) Sri Lanka, Peace Keeping and Peace Building, Bulletin of Peace Proposals 20(3): 335–350.


Muni, S. D. (1993) Pangs of Proximity: India and Sri Lanka's Ethnic Crisis. New Dehli: SAGE.

Book Chapter

Rupesinghe, Kumar & Smithu Kothari (1988) Ethnic Conflicts in South Asia. An examination of hegemonic majorities and their impact on the Sikhs in India and the Tamils in Sri Lanka, in Kumar David, ed., Ethnicity and Class in Asia. Unknown: Arena Book Publications.
Bryde, John Arnt (1986) The Decline in Paddy Cultivation in Kalegama, a Village in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka, in Norlund, Irene; Sven Cederroth; & Ingela Gjerdin, eds, Rice Societies. Asian Problems and Prospects. London: Riverdale.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Frydenlund, Iselin (2004) Krig og buddhisme på Sri Lanka - en motsetning? [War and Buddhism in Sri Lanka - a contradiction?], PACEM: Militært Tidsskrift for etisk og teologisk refleksjon 7(2): 137–142.
Frydenlund, Iselin (2001) Kataragama: der et splittet Sri Lanka møtes, Verdensmagasinet X(4).

Popular Article

Hauge, Wenche Iren (2009) Sviket mot tamilane [The Deception of the Tamils], Dagsavisen, 12 August.
Frydenlund, Iselin & Wenche Iren Hauge (2004) Valg i et fragmentert Sri Lanka [Elections in a Fragmented Sri Lanka], Bergens Tidende, 2 April.

PRIO Report

Frydenlund, Iselin (2005) The Sangha and its Relation to the Peace Process in Sri Lanka, PRIO Report, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Marino, Eduardo (1986) The Armed Component of Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka, PRIO Report. Oslo: PRIO.

Blog Posts

Institutionalizing the Dreadful Victory in Post-War Sri Lanka

Posted by Madhav Joshi on Thursday, 3 September 2020

On August 5, 2020, over 11 million voters cast their votes to elect the 225 members in the Sri Lankan Lower House. With a two-thirds majority of the Sri Lankan People’s Democratic Alliance in this election, the Rajapaksa brothers, who were front and center in Sri Lankan politics from 2005 ... Read more »

Why Did ISIS Attack Sri Lanka?

Posted by Indra de Soysa on Thursday, 25 April 2019

The terrorist attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday have spawned many questions about the return of violence to Sri Lanka after a 10-year hiatus following the defeat of the Tamil Tiger (LTTE) terrorists in May 2009. The first thing to understand is that the terror ... Read more »

Endangered Co-Existence: Buddhist-Muslim Friction in Asia

Posted by Iselin Frydenlund on Friday, 26 June 2015

Disputes about everything from holy sites to ritual animal slaughter and compulsory family planning are causing dangerous tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in countries such as Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Friction between Buddhists and Muslims in Southeast Asia is putting pressure on a centuries-long tradition of religious co-existence, tolerance and ... Read more »

The Buddhist Face of Peace: Buddhist Peace Initiatives in Times of Religious Intolerance

Posted by Iselin Frydenlund & Susan Hayward on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Buddhist radicalism is on the rise in countries like Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Buddhist anti-Muslim rhetoric, violence against Muslim minorities and hate speech against UN officials are now global media sensations. Less known is the growing number of religious peace initiatives, by both Muslims and Buddhists, to address the situation. ... Read more »

The Secular Suicide Bomber

Posted by Iselin Frydenlund on Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Is the all-consuming focus on Islam leading us to ignore the fact that suicide attacks have also been carried out by Christian, Hindu and secular martyrs? There can be no doubt that violent actions conducted in the name of Islam constitute a threat to state and individual security not only ... Read more »