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Obstacles to Monitoring: Perceptions of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission and the Dual Role of Norway
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7167-609X
2011 (English)In: International Peacekeeping, ISSN 1353-3312, E-ISSN 1743-906X, Vol. 18, no 2, 210-225 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the ways in which linking a civilian monitoring mission with a mediator influences the work of that mission. It analyses how the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) – deployed in order to oversee the results of the 2002 ceasefire agreement (CFA) – was influenced by Norway's dual role as a monitor and mediator. Did the dual role conflict with or strengthen the SLMM's work? This question is explored from the point of view of the monitors who served in the SLMM, based on new and unique empirical material from a survey and in-depth interviews with SLMM personnel. It highlights the confusion of roles between the monitors and the facilitators, which impeded the fulfilment of the monitors' task. The article also suggests avenues for future research relating to the development of third-party media strategies as well as considerations about the organizational arrangements both within and between third parties.

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2011. Vol. 18, no 2, 210-225 p.
Keyword [en]
Sri Lanka, SLMM, monitoring
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149796DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2010.546104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149796DiVA: diva2:405607
Available from: 2011-03-23 Created: 2011-03-23 Last updated: 2016-04-26

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