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Democracy, Sovereignty and Terror: Lakshman Kardirgamar on the Foundations of International Order

Roberts, Adam

978 1 78831 449 7
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Publication date:
30 October 2018

Short description: 

`For those of us who have to live with terrorism, when we leave home in the morning there is no guarantee that we will come back.' Thus Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, foreshadowed his own assassination in 2005.

Full description: 

`For those of us who have to live with terrorism, when we leave home in the morning there is no guarantee that we will come back.' Thus Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, foreshadowed his own assassination in 2005. He was an astute and brave thinker and practitioner on many key issues in international politics. Long before 9/11 he warned Western democracies that they were too passive about the activities on their soil of foreign terrorist movements and their front organizations. He was a strong advocate of democracy and human rights, conducting the first-ever Amnesty investigation into the problems of a particular country - Vietnam. He was uniquely effective in countering the propaganda campaigns of the separatist Tamil Tigers in his native Sri Lanka - the movement which ultimately took his life. This definitive work explores the continuing relevance of his ideas for the modern world. Democracy, Sovereignty and Terror presents Kadirgamar's distinctive voice in his major speeches. It also offers a convincing picture, by those who knew him, of a scholar-statesman who was both a realist and an idealist. He showed that these approaches can be combined in both thought and action.

Table of contents: 

Foreword by Lord Hoffmann of Chedworth Preface and Acknowledgements List of Illustrations and Maps List of Contributors PART 1: APPRAISALS 1. `Dare the Deepening Tide': Lakshman Kadirgamar on the Revolution of our Times by Adam Roberts 2. Sketch of the Life of Lakshman Kadirgamar by Sarath Silva 3. Lakshman Kadirgamar: The Lawyer Turned Politician by Sinha Ratnatunga 4. A Duty of Service in an Age of Terror by Chris Patten 5. Reflections on a `Citizen of the World' by Karl Inderfurth, Peter Burleigh & Sean Donnelly 6. A True South Asian by Shivshankar Menon & Nirupama Rao PART 2: DOCUMENTS 1. Report to Amnesty International on my Visit to South Vietnam Colombo, 1 January 1964 2. Why I Decided to Enter Politics Colombo, July 1994 3. Human Rights and Armed Conflict Kotelawala Defence Academy, 19 March 1996 4. The Global Impact of International Terrorism. Chatham House, London, 15 April 1998 5. The Terrorism Challenge to Democracies. Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC, 13 September 2000 6. Preventing the Recurrence of Harm to War-Affected Children Winnipeg, 16 September 2000 7. Address to UN General Assembly New York, 18 September 2000 8. The Seven Sisters of South Asia: Where are they Going? Tenth Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture, New Delhi, 11 January 2003 9. Flaws in the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement Speech from the opposition, Parliament, Colombo, 8 May 2003 10. Third World Democracy in Action: The Sri Lanka Experience Brookings Institution, Washington DC, 12 May 2004 11. The Peaceful Ascendancy of China: A South Asian Perspective China Institute of International Studies, Beijing, 28 December 2004 Index


Adam Roberts is President of the British Academy, a post he has held since July 2009, having been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy in 1990. He is a renowned expert in international relations, with research expertise in international security, international organizations and international law, including the laws of war. He is Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, and an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. From 1986 to 2007 he was Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, and before that he held appointments at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and St Antony's College, Oxford. He has held visiting appointments at New York University, Tokyo University, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington DC. He was knighted (KCMG ) in 2002 and has been a member of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board since 2003. His publications include: Nations in Arms: The Theory and Practice of Territorial Defence; Hugo Grotius and International Relations; Documents on the Laws of War; The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945 and Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present.



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