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A postscript on the Easter bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.

The Easter Sunday bomb attacks exposed the defects and shortcomings of Sri Lanka’s security establishment.A series of coordinated bombings on that day rocked Sri Lanka, killing at least 257 people and wounding 500 others. The attacks, carried out by two Muslim extremist groups were the deadliest the island has witnessed since the end of its civil war 10 years ago. The attacks targeted three churches as well as four hotels in the Western Province.

Since 2009, Sri Lanka enjoyed a negative peace. Having ended a war that lasted close to 30 years, the bomb blasts evidently caught people by surprise. The prospect of encountering terrorism of this nature appears to have not been registered even within the security establishment of Sri Lanka. Security experts, since 2009 in particular, have focussed on the maritime security aspect of Sri Lanka’s security and as a consequence failed to notice the emergence of internal security threats. Lately, public criticism has been directed at the political…
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Trends in Asian Journalism: Moving Towards a Digital Era.

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Reconciliation through sports diplomacy: An overview of the 1995 Rugby World Cup

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Niche Diplomacy: the other side of the coin

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