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The Absence of War is Not Peace
Chandrika Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka from 1994-2005


Charlottesville: November 14, 2011


The Center for Politics hosted a presentation to a capacity audience in the University of Virginia Rotunda Dome Room by the immediate past president of Sri Lanka, The Honorable Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. President Kumaratunga spoke about Sri Lanka's 26 year long civil war, the war's conclusion, challenges to a lasting peace, and answered numerous questions.

President Kumaratunga entered mainstream politics in 1993 when elected Chief Minister of the Western Provincial Council and became Prime Minister in August 1994 after her party won the parliamentary elections. She was elected twice as Executive President in 1994 and 1999 and served in that office until November 2005.

This event was the latest in a series of activities hosted by the Center for Politics in connection to Sri Lanka.

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Global Perspectives of Democracy continually evaluates new exchange and event opportunities. Contact Daman Irby, Director of Global Initiatives, at irby@virginia.edu or 434-243-8475 for additional information.