- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Meet the new head of the LTTE, or at least what’s left of it:
Selvarasa Pathmanathan was the rebels’ chief of international relations and allegedly ran an international weapons smuggling ring. The Sri Lankan government has appealed to foreign governments to find and arrest him. […]
Pathmanathan said earlier the Tigers would abandon their armed struggle and use nonviolence to achieve their goals, and he promised the group would reorganize itself based on democratic principles – a major change from Prabhakaran’s dictatorial leadership style.
A former weapons smuggler certainly makes an unlikley candidate for the Tamil Gandhi. Peru’s Sendero Luminoso — which has largely made the transition from Marxist guerrilla movement to cocaine cartel — might be an instructive model though.