Military Defeat of the Tamil Tigers: From Velvet Glove to Iron Fist
Date of Issue2009-05-27
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
The prevalent wisdom in Counterinsurgency (COIN) theory is that the ‘Iron-Fisted’ approach to defeating insurgencies is counter-productive. The recent success of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces (SLAF) suggests that under the right conditions, a decisive battlefield victory is possible. But will this translate into an enduring resolution?
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
RSIS Commentaries, 050-09
Nanyang Technological University