Timor-Leste's Foreign Policy: Securing State Identity in the Post-Independence Period

  title={Timor-Leste's Foreign Policy: Securing State Identity in the Post-Independence Period},
  author={Selver B. Sahin},
  journal={Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs},
  pages={25 - 3}
  • S. B. Sahin
  • Published 1 August 2014
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs
This paper examines some of the major ideational aspects of Timor-Leste's foreign policy orientation in the post-independence period. Drawing upon the constructivist accounts of state behaviour, the paper situates Timorese leaders’ foreign policy decisions in the broader context of their search to position the fledging nation in the global political order. It argues that Timor-Leste's insecure state identity has shaped its leaders’ foreign policy preferences in the post-independence period… 
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