"John Richardson spent a great deal of time over the past two decades living and working in Sri Lanka with people on both sides of the persistent conflict there. From his exhaustive work has emerged the definitive reference on the morphology of violence in Sri Lanka and a breakthrough theory of links between development and deadly conflict. This volume offers succinct policy recommendations for understanding, preventing, and managing conflict that will be of value to political leaders, practitioners and scholars."
Dennis Meadows, Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire
and President, Laboratory for Interactive Learning; Author of ten books including
Limits to Growth in 1972 and Limits to Growth - the 30-Year Update.
"At a time when statesmen and scholars are concerned with failed states, the rise of radicalized minorities and protracted deadly conflict, John Richardson's study of Sri Lanka is a timely, provocative contribution. Richardson's analysis draws lessons from Sri Lanka's experiences that help explain escalating conflict and terrorism in many countries. It offers valuable insights to those concerned with limiting or preventing these pathologies."
W. Howard Wriggins, Bryce Professor Emeritus of the History of International Relations;
former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka; Author Sri Lanka: Dilemmas of a New Nation and many other works.
"Occasionally a book comes along that teaches me how to think. John Richardson's Paradise Poisoned is such a book. One cannot read this book without realizing, in this post-9/11 era, that when development goes awry, life goes awry, security goes awry, and terrorism flourishes. Sri Lanka stands as an object lesson in these consequences of failed development. Every person seriously concerned about stopping terrorism should read this book."
Dr. Elizabeth Harper Neeld, international business consultant; Author of more
than eighteen books including Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World
"John Richardson's Paradise Poisoned is a courageous exploration into Sri Lanka's multiple crises and insurgencies with insights gathered from years of research and close observations of the behavior of the country's political institutions and key actors. He proposes that deadly intrastate conflicts like the one in Sri Lanka are not only predictable, but also preventable through appropriate and visionary policy measures. This is a book that will not only attract the attention of specialists and students but also of general readers."
Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda , Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Colombo and
Director, Center for Policy Alternatives, Colombo; Author of numerous publications
on ethnic politics, conflict resolution and human rights.