Timor-Leste

Political deadlock augurs ill for Timor Leste
(January 9, 2018 – The Asia Times)
Unity has yielded to division as the young nation faces a potentially volatile constitutional crisis

THE DIPLOMAT
One New Way to Boost Timor-Leste’s Economy
June 28, 2018
With the appointment of a new premier, the country should look at the policy as an option for managing its economy.

THE DIPLOMAT
Who Will Be Timor-Leste’s New Prime Minister?
June 15, 2018
Taur Matan Ruak, rather than Xanana Gusmao, is expected to be appointed the country’s new premier.

THE DIPLOMAT
Why the Return of Partisanship in Timor-Leste is a Good Thing
October 19, 2017
Opposition has an important role to play in the young country’s ongoing political development.

NEW MANDALA
East Timor’s “Red Rosa”
August 18, 2017
“They [the Indonesian soldiers] were dragging women on to the barges. One woman wouldn’t go. She was Muki… Small, intense, very Timorese, the Portuguese called her “the petite revolutionary” and “Rosa Luxemburg” for her contribution to the talks. When she resisted the Indonesians she was shot on the wharf and her body thrown into the harbour.”

ASIA TIMES
Timor Leste votes for more of the same
July 24, 2017
The new nation’s fourth general election will return an incumbent ‘unity’ government to power, a vote for peace and stability after years of conflict

ASIA TIMES
Fifteen years of freedom for Timor-Leste
May 24, 2017
A “unity” government has made notable gains after decades of foreign occupation and civil strife. But can the center hold with new polls on the horizon?

ASIA TIMES
Guterres holds the key to energy riches
March 24, 2017
Timor-Leste’s election of President Francisco Guterres signals a new stability and an anticipated resolution to an oil and gas dispute with Australia

THE DIPLOMAT
The Trouble With Timor-Leste’s Consensus Politics
February 24, 2017
Stability could not come at the expense of democracy.

THE DIPLOMAT
The Trouble With Timor-Leste’s Gender Quotas
December 17, 2016
The devil lies in the details.

THE DIPLOMAT
Is China’s Influence in Timor-Leste Rising? 
November 19, 2016
While there are indications of Beijing’s growing reach, its role needs to be kept in perspective.

SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE
No end to Timor-Leste’s political infighting
May 20, 2016
Despite optimism following a governmental shift that promised an end to political instability, recent events suggest the old ways live on in Timor-Leste

SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE
The battle for Timor-Leste’s past
December 30, 2015
In 1975, Indonesian forces invaded Timor-Leste, heralding an occupation that lasted 24 years and claimed the lives of up to a third of the population. Forty years later, another clash is underway: an internal “history war” over the official narrative of the country’s turbulent past

SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE
Dili delights
September 23, 2015
One doesn’t need to leave the capital of Timor-Leste to find a bucolic paradise where world-class beaches and historical sites vie for visitors’ attention in one of the region’s best-kept travel secrets

SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE
Blood and Feathers: Cockfighting in Timor-Leste
September 16, 2015
In Timor-Leste, young men used to prove their worth by decapitating members of rival tribes. Now they do battle via the country’s legal cockfighting pits. David Hutt delves into a world of masculinity, spiralling debt and martial arts gangs

SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE
Tara bandu: homegrown justice
June 25, 2015
A centuries-old form of community law and order known as tara bandu could hold the key to overcoming many of the difficulties in modern-day Timor-Leste

SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE
Out of the black
June 11, 2015
Revenues from oil and gas supplies have been essential for an independent Timor-Leste, but with concerns they may run out within two decades, the pressure is on to prepare for a time without ‘black gold’

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