The Lawfare Podcast: Christine Fair on the Sri Lanka Attacks

Jen Patja, Benjamin Wittes, C. Christine Fair
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 12:00 PM

It's been a bad few weeks in Sri Lanka, where a major terrorist attack—the largest since 9/11—hit multiple locations targeting Christians on Easter morning. The violence was different from the usual terrorism that rocks Sri Lanka from time to time. Benjamin Wittes sat down with Christine Fair, an expert on South Asian politics and extremist groups, talked through what's going on in the island nation. How does it map onto the history of ethnic tensions between Tamils and Sinhalese? And what does it mean for the future of Muslim extremism in South Asia?

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It's been a bad few weeks in Sri Lanka, where a major terrorist attack—the largest since 9/11—hit multiple locations targeting Christians on Easter morning. The violence was different from the usual terrorism that rocks Sri Lanka from time to time. Benjamin Wittes sat down with Christine Fair, an expert on South Asian politics and extremist groups, talked through what's going on in the island nation. How does it map onto the history of ethnic tensions between Tamils and Sinhalese? And what does it mean for the future of Muslim extremism in South Asia?


Jen Patja is the editor and producer of The Lawfare Podcast and Rational Security. She currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of Virginia Civics, a nonprofit organization that empowers the next generation of leaders in Virginia by promoting constitutional literacy, critical thinking, and civic engagement. She is the former Deputy Director of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier and has been a freelance editor for over 20 years.
Benjamin Wittes is editor in chief of Lawfare and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books.
C. Christine Fair is a Provost’s Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University in the Security Studies Program. She is the author of In Their Own Words: Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (OUP, 2018) and Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War (OUP, 2014).

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