Is Globalization leading us to a State-less World?

by Thisuri Wanniarachchi Has globalization changed the character of international politics in the past two decades? To what extent do various processes of globalization challenge the sovereignty of the state?   The term globalization derived from the word globalize, which refers to the rise of an internationally- integrated network of social, political and economic systems. Globalization is the process of international integration arising from the … Continue reading Is Globalization leading us to a State-less World?

Why do states intervene in some humanitarian crises and not others?

by Thisuri Wanniarachchi   Syria’s broadening civil war and the developing conflict in Ukraine have raised new debates about the international community’s responsibility to support humanitarian intervention by states and made the world rethink why states choose to intervene in some crises and not others.   Humanitarian intervention always occurs within a complex structure of conflicting norms and values that decide whether and how it happens. … Continue reading Why do states intervene in some humanitarian crises and not others?

Feminist Solidarity in the Middle East through the Lens of Gender

by Thisuri Wanniarachchi   In 1965 Elizabeth Fernea is exposed to the life and culture of the Iraqi village El Nahra. She is invited to dine with the Sheik and is introduced to the Sheikh’s Harem. It is through these women and the many others that she meets in El Nahra she is introduced to the gender- grounded social norms of Iraqi society that are … Continue reading Feminist Solidarity in the Middle East through the Lens of Gender

Finanical Times talks about the launch of The Terrorist’s Daughter

As a child Thisuri watched her mother write. Malraji Wanniarachchi is the author of several novels and short story collections. It is no surprise that Thisuri followed in her footsteps. First, Thisuri wrote in the Sinhala language. The Sinhala short story ‘Thaththa’ which she wrote at the age of 11 won a national short story competition. With time Thisuri switched her medium of writing to … Continue reading Finanical Times talks about the launch of The Terrorist’s Daughter

Forgiving Terrorism

  (Previously published on UNICEF’s Voices of Youth)   I grew up with a war. So did another 6 million Sri Lankan children of my generation. Just like most of them I’ve been rushed out of school through explosion sites, seen burning corpses on the sidewalks, I’ve waited for weeks at a time by the telephone to hear from my father, a Sri Lankan Army … Continue reading Forgiving Terrorism

Democratic Majorities and the Social Contract: What would Rousseau say to Tocqueville?

In this paper I hope to explain in detail the many ways how Rousseau’s Social  Contract would help address several crucial problems of democratic majority that Tocqueville raises in his writing.  First, I will discuss how Rousseau would respond to Tocqueville’s issue of legislature. Tocqueville states that in democratic majorities “ legislature is, of all political institutions, the one which is most easily swayed by … Continue reading Democratic Majorities and the Social Contract: What would Rousseau say to Tocqueville?

How realists see the Cold War.

Over the past decade, realists have been repeatedly attacked for failing to predict the end of the Cold War. Beyond noting that their critics did not predict it either, structural realists have responded that they never intended to explain or predict change. As Waltz put it, a decade before the fall of the Berlin Wall, his theory “explains continuities . . . recurrences and repetitions, … Continue reading How realists see the Cold War.