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Sponsored by the Harvard International Negotiation Project (HINP), co-sponsored by the South Asia Initiative, Harvard Global Health Institute, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

A Guest Lecture by: Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga – Former President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005)

Opening Remarks by Daniel Shapiro, Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program

For over two decades, ethnopolitical conflict tore at the seams of Sri Lanka. Civil war between the two main ethnic groups – the Sinhalese and the Tamils- threatened the stability of this small island country. Amidst waves of violence, President Kumaratunga sought a political solution through negotiation and ceasefire agreements. Join us to hear firsthand how President Kumaratunga navigated the emotional and identity-based complexities of the conflict, as well as the interplay of religion, culture, and ethnicity.