Book

I am currently completing a research monograph From Guerrilla Politics to Party Politics: Political demobilisation and re-mobilization in Sri Lanka, Aceh and East Timor. The main focus of the book is on how armed political movements, and specifically armed political movements with territorial foundations, transform and adapt to post-conflict political realities. The book traces the organisational evolution of GAM, the LTTE and Fretilin while also recounting personal journeys of mobilisation and adaptation by individual leaders and members.  Using both primary and secondary data, the book highlights the centrality of intra-organizational conflict as a driving force for political and ideological change within secessionist movements. International peacebuilding – I argue – creates a particular dynamic that influences the behaviour and ideological adaptation of armed groups.