Donors to Sri Lanka have repeatedly made it clear
that aid will be linked to developments in the peace
process. Peace conditionality has been expected to
alter the incentives faced by the parties and
strengthen the momentum of the peace process.
This book critically assesses the attempts to apply
peace conditionality in the Sri Lankan peace process.
What is clear from the outset is that the strategy
has been less than optimally effective. The peace
process derailed in April 2003, and the situation in
Sri Lanka today is far from encouraging.
This book is based on the presupposition that peace
conditionality can be an important catalyst for
peace. On that basis, the purpose of the book is to
assess why the strategy has not had the intended
effects in Sri Lanka. Why have donors not been able
to buy peace?