National Identity in Timor-Leste: Challenges and Opportunities

  title={National Identity in Timor-Leste: Challenges and Opportunities},
  author={Damien Kingsbury},
  journal={South East Asia Research},
  pages={133 - 159}
  • D. Kingsbury
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Political Science
  • South East Asia Research
Following a long independence struggle and international intervention, in 2006 the tiny impoverished state of Timor-Leste almost imploded in civil chaos and institutional collapse. The events of the time were quickly defined in terms of an east–west geographical and, broadly, linguistic and political divide, corresponding to pro- and anti-government groupings. International intervention quelled the worst of the violence, although elections in 2007 confirmed the general tendency, if not an… 
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