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About Ram Manikkalingam

Ram Manikkalingam is a board member of the Sri Lankan President’s Office for National Unity and Reconciliation. He teaches politics at the University of Amsterdam and directs the Dialogue Advisory Group.


Articles by Ram Manikkalingam

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The politics of punishing war crimes in Sri Lanka

Prioritising the punishment of war criminals in Sri Lanka over other measures to achieve reconciliation risks re-empowering the extremists and undermining the government’s genuine reform efforts.

The mufti and the general: lessons from Somalia

When should democrats talk to political and violent extremists, and who should do the talking? Ram Manikkalingam receives guidance from a gathering in Somalia.

Al-Qaida: from centre to periphery

The choice between fighting smarter against and negotiating with al-Qaida is rendered false by the movement's own dispersal, say Ram Manikkalingam & Pablo Policzer.

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