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About Mark Salter

Mark Salter is an independent consultant who was formerly senior programme officer at the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). He is the is author of To End A Civil War: Norway’s Peace Engagement in Sri Lanka (Hurst, 2015). He blogs at

Articles by Mark Salter

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Sri Lanka and the politics of justice

Truth and reconciliation is a project which inevitably needs to balance short term politics against long term justice. There are signs that Sri Lanka's new government understands the challenge

Is the US backtracking on Sri Lanka's post-war accountability process?

Has the US actually changed its commitment to see international involvement in the post-war reconciliation process? Maybe. But many in the minority communities hope not, and they might just be right

Roadmap to reconciliation: 4 post-election challenges for Sri Lanka

Muscular Sinhalese nationalism was defeated at the polls in Sri Lanka. The dismantling of the security state, started in January, can now continue. And there is hope for progress on the very necessary process of post-war accountability and reconcilliation 

Democracy for all? Minority rights and democratisation

The challenge of accommodating and promoting the rights of ethnic, religious and other minorities tends to emerge whenever a formerly authoritarian country begins to move towards democracy. It is faced today as the middle east and north Africa embarks on its own democratic transition. The region could be aided in the endeavour by learning lessons from earlier experience in countries such as Indonesia, says Mark Salter.
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