ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Home Guards in Sri Lanka: Guardians of Peace or Threat to Human Security?

Efforts are made in Sri Lanka to convert the civil defence force into a "development force" with responsibilities in reconstruction and rebuilding of the war-affected areas. This article explores the social policy implications of a large-scale mobilisation of civilians as a civil defence force and the options the Sri Lankan state has in dealing with this civilian force in the post-war era to ensure peace, stability, reconciliation and development.

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