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Dr. B.A.C. Ajith Balasooriya
Senior Lecturer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specializations

 

Peacebuilding, Conflict Analysis and East and South East Asian Politics/ International Relations

 

Academic Qualifications

 

PhD, University of Hiroshima, Japan Internal Dual Structure of Causes of the Armed Conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (2013)
MA, University of Hiroshima, Japan, Third Party Mediation by “A Single State”: Norway’s Mediation in the Sri Lankan Peace Process from 2002-2007 (2009)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Archeology (Merit Pass), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2005
B.A. (Hons), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1999 A Study on Development of Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism Concept (1999)
Advanced Diploma in Child Rights and Classroom Management, University of Lund, Sweden, 2006

 

Professional Qualifications

 

SEDA Qualified (UK) and CTHE Qualified (Sri Lanka)

 

Research Interests

 

Peacebuilding and post-conflict issues, Politics/international relations of East and South East Asia

 

Conference Presentations

 

Balasooriya, Ajith and Shinoda, Hideaki (3-4 July 2014) “Complex Conflict” verses “Simple Peacebuilding”: Prevailing Horizontal Inequalities in Intra-Tamil Community in Northern Sri Lanka, International Conference on “Sri Lanka in World Affairs”, Department of International Relations, University of Colombo

 

Balasooriya, Ajith and Krishnakumar, Somesasundary (3-4 July 2014), Reflection on “Own Record”: Emerging Issues in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Northern Sri Lanka, International Conference on “Sri Lanka in World Affairs”, Department of International Relations, University of Colombo

 

Balasooriya Ajith, (October – November 2015). “Stories from the heart: Narrative analysis of Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese in Jaffna Peninsula in Sri Lanka”, International Conference on Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas, UMass Boston Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, University of Massachusetts, Boston

 

Balasooriya Ajith, (October 2012). “Unseen Boundaries” in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka: Tamil Caste System and Its Socio-Economic Effects to (Re)build the War-torn Northern Peninsula”, International Conference on Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas, UMass Boston Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, University of Massachusetts, Boston

 

Balasooriya Ajith, (September 2012). “Tamil Caste based Socio-Economic Inequalities as “Unseen Boundaries” in Post-conflict Positive Peacebuilding in Northern Sri Lanka”, 2nd Annual International Conference on Political Science, Sociology and International Relations (PSSIR 2012), Bali, Indonesia

 

Balasooriya, Ajith, (2011). “Towards Sustainable Peace: Government of Sri Lanka as the Primary Representative in Post-Conflict Peace-building Efforts”, in International Conference on Sustainable Development 2011, Putrajaya, Malaysia.

 

Balasooriya Ajith, (2011).“Winner Takes All”: Opportunities and Challenges to the Government of Sri Lanka in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Balasooriya Ajith, (June 2011). “Does A Strong Legitimate State” Realize the Goal of Peacebuilding: Analysis of Responsibility of the Government of Sri Lanka in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding” in Global Business and Social Science Research Conference, Beijing, China (http://www.cmb.ac.lk/research-on-innovation/researchers/department-of-international-relations/mr-b-a-c-ajith-balasooriya/)

 

Publications

 

Balasooriya Ajith, (March 2013). “Issues at Own Backyard: Caste Based Socio-Economic Inequalities as “Unseen Hurdles” in Post-conflict Northern Sri Lanka” in Journal of International Development and Cooperation, Vol.19, No.3, pp.1-15, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University

Balasooriya Ajith, (2012). “Towards Positive Peace: Government of Sri Lanka`s Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Efforts” in Journal of International Development and Cooperation, Vol.18, No.3 pp.17-30, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University


Balasooriya Ajith, (March 2012). “Search for Common Grounds: Tamil Caste System as “A Spoiler” in Post-conflict Peacebuilding in Northern Sri Lanka”, IPSHU English Research Report Series, No.26, Peacebuilding and the Ownership of Local Society in Sri Lanka, pp.72-93, Institute for Peace Science, Hiroshima University


Balasooriya Ajith, (2011). “Sri Lanka Post-conflict Peacebuilding Efforts and Prospects for Positive Peace” in Journal of Conflict and Peace Studies, Vol.4 Jul-Sep, No 3, pp. 81-98, Pak Institute for Peace Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan

Balasooriya Ajith, Shinoda, Hideaki, (2010). “The “Responsibility to Protect” at the End of the Conflict: The Role of International Community in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka” in Hiroshima Peace Science 32, Institute for Peace Science, Hiroshima University

 

Publications (to be published)

 

Book project - “Unseen Boundaries”: Caste based Socio-economic Inequalities in Post-conflict Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka - English

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Awards/Fellowships and Scholarships

 

Yahata Doctoral Research Scholarship, Yahata Foundation, Japan, 2010-2013

Kumahira Postgraduate Scholarship for Master in Arts, Kumahira Foundation, Japan, 2007-2009

Gecbo International Internship Award, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University, May-August 2008