The book separates from other existing ones on the subject in providing an unparalleled angle penetrating into Washington's covert and overt maneuvers and designs aiding and abetting a global supportive instrument of a terrorist organization which is motivated to destabilize Sri Lanka. The analyses and interpretations, based on the author's deep knowledge and insights gained during his tenure at the U.S. Department of State, not found in other works. The link the author discovered between Washington's settled mindset developed in the 1980s and 1990s on Sri Lanka's national issues, and post-2009 renaissance of the global supportive instrument of a terrorist group is unique to the readers. The interpretations and analyses of discovered evidence of this cohabitation, and Washington's adventurism are aptly reflected in the title of the book: Tamil Tigers' Debt to America: U.S. Foreign Policy Adventurism and Sri Lanka's Dilemma. This book gives a unique analyses and interpretation of Washington's foreign policy adventurism using the insights the author gained during his tenure at the U.S. State Department. This insider's account and alarming analysis have disclosed a development - largely due to Washington machinations - that enabled operative organizations within the Tamil Diaspora to replace the vanquished Tigers and diplomatically continue its secessionist agenda in Sri Lanka. Washington's disappointment in its failure to salvage Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger leadership - which it believed represented the sentiments of the minority Tamils - to use it as a pressure group to influence changes in Sri Lanka was thwarted by the movement's annihilation in 2009. To avenge the foreign policy setback, Washington created a conducive atmosphere - through its foreign policy advocacy - that facilitated the emergence of a stronger, determined and more coordinated Tamil Diaspora - once effectively functioned to sustain the LTTE - as a global diplomatic movement. One cannot recall in recent memory how a totally annihilated lethal terrorist movement along with its superior military power was resurrected and emerged as a global political movement with a determination to achieve the same objective - a separate state for the minority ethnic Tamils in the north-east region of Sri Lanka. The book's disclosed link facilitates the readers to understand this scenario.
During his professional engagement with the U.S. Department of State (1970-1994) in the areas of public affairs and public diplomacy, Daya Gamage was privy to Washington's play book of foreign policy dealings with Sri Lankan issues. He gained extensive knowledge how U.S. Foreign Service Officers, and their counterparts in Washington, made crucial decisions, influencing factors on decisions, their mindset formation, and had access to their sensitive thinking. This wide understanding became rich fodder to the extraordinary analyses and interpretation of this book disclosing a link of that mindset formation to Washington's trajectory hauling Sri Lanka to Geneva. The author's research, analyses, investigations and privileged conversations with American officials who enjoyed high security clearances, and interactions with US Congressional delegations - CODELs, vastly enriched his understanding the manner in which Washington managed and conducted its overseas foreign policy agenda in South Asia. The author was in a unique position to unlock his understanding of American foreign policy trajectory toward Sri Lanka, hitherto unknown to outsiders, to take the conversation toward a different direction and contribute to the already existing rich literature on these issues. Daya Gamage earned a Meritorious Honor Award for Superior Performance and Professionalism in 1988 from the U.S. State Department. He is currently political-foreign affairs correspondent to the online daily newspaper Asian Tribune.