East Timor: Beyond Independence

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Damien Kingsbury, Michael Leach
Monash University Press, 2007 - History - 302 pages
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This is the most comprehensive study of East Timor since its independence. The book examines the major themes of development, borders and security, politics and justice, resource and land management, education, and language policy. Though the country was initially lauded as a case study in successful state-building, the crisis of 2006 demonstrated that East Timor had more in common with other post-colonial, post-conflict societies than some of these earlier optimistic assessments. East Timor continues to attract the interest and attention of governments, scholars, development institutions, and aid workers as a society rebuilding itself after almost a quarter of a century of profound trauma and consecutive eras of colonialism. Covering the era from the independence referendum in August 1999 to the political crisis in 2006, and future prospects and challenges, this book is an invaluable resource for understanding the challenges facing the first new nation of the 21st century.

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Chapter one Political development
statebuilding and peacebuilding

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Michael Leach, a founder and the president of Continuum Publishing and president and publisher of Crossroads/Continuum Publishing, is the executive editor of Orbis Books. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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