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S. Ratnajeevan Hoole, clinical professor in the department of engineering and science at Rensselaer’s Hartford campus, was invited to participate in a conference held Oct. 30 and 31 at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. The conference was titled “Post-Colonial Wars: Current Perspectives on the Deferred Violence of Decolonization.”

Hoole was asked to provide an overview of the nature of the colonial regime and the violence that is occurring now in Sri Lanka. His paper will be published as one chapter of a book based on the conference. The conference examined divergent conflicts in three regional groupings: Algeria, Angola/Mozambique, and Vietnam; Kenya, Malaya, and Sri Lanka; and Congo, Burundi/ Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. Hoole noted, “What was amazing is the vast difference in the experiences of the different countries and yet the common thread in the institutional changes that led to instability.”

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Volume 2, Number 20, December 5, 2008
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