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To Continue Development, Timor-Leste Needs a Return to ‘National Unity’
August 31, 2019

To Continue Development, Timor-Leste Needs a Return to ‘National Unity’

By Jonas Guterres
The fight for independence is over, but Timor-Leste needs to unite as a country yet again to fight its new war against poverty.

Timor-Leste: Why Water Is More Important Than Oil
August 29, 2019

Timor-Leste: Why Water Is More Important Than Oil

By Christopher Ryan
Despite progress on other development metrics, Timor-Leste has under-invested in access to clean water.
Celebrating Democracy and Peace in Timor-Leste
August 29, 2019

Celebrating Democracy and Peace in Timor-Leste

By Fausto Belo Ximenes
20 years after its independence referendum, Timor-Leste’s success story has lessons for the region and beyond.

Timor-Leste Remembers Indonesia’s Slain Human Rights Hero
September 07, 2018

Timor-Leste Remembers Indonesia’s Slain Human Rights Hero

By Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya
Timorese victims of Indonesian occupation speak of murdered human rights defender Munir Said Thalib.

Timor-Leste’s Forgotten Female Rebels
May 16, 2018

Timor-Leste’s Forgotten Female Rebels

By Edward Cavanough
Will women's role in Timor-Leste's fight for independence ever be truly recognized?

Timor-Leste: A Nation Waiting for a Government
May 08, 2018

Timor-Leste: A Nation Waiting for a Government

By John Dennehy
The country has ground to a standstill after the collapse of its minority government. Will new polls bring stability?

The Mountains: Timor Leste's Blessing and Curse
March 29, 2018

The Mountains: Timor Leste's Blessing and Curse

By Edward Cavanough 
Difficult geography helped Timorese survive colonization and invasion. But now, it's a roadblock to growth.
How Australia Covered Up East Timor's Suffering
March 07, 2018

How Australia Covered Up East Timor's Suffering

By Peter Job
The 1977 Dunn Report outlined grave human rights abuses in East Timor. Too bad Canberra tried to bury it.

Should Timor-Leste Turn to Portugal?
January 11, 2016

Should Timor-Leste Turn to Portugal?

By Jordan Peterson
Rather than waiting for ASEAN, the less conventional option might prove more effective.

One Man’s Legacy in East Timor
August 15, 2013

One Man’s Legacy in East Timor

Almost ten years ago, UN representative Sergio Vieira de Mello was killed in Iraq. His earlier work deserves to be remembered.

Aid and Independence
September 29, 2011

Aid and Independence

Almost a decade after it secured independence, Timor-Leste remains the second poorest state in Asia. It might help if aid donors listened a little more.

Brazil’s Canny Asia Game
January 26, 2011

Brazil’s Canny Asia Game

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva oversaw a period of growing influence in the Asia-Pacific. Will his successor follow suit?

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