[TimorLesteStudies] Talk - The Current Impasse in Timor-Leste (Washington, DC)

Jennifer Drysdale jenster at cres10.anu.edu.au
Wed Jun 6 13:23:17 EST 2007


>Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 20:02:33 -0400
>To: east-timor at lists.riseup.net
>From: ETAN <fbp at igc.org>
>The Current Impasse in Timor-Leste
>East-West Center Washington Democracy and Human Rights Seminar Series
>Where: EWC Washington Conference Rm.
>When: June 14, 2007
>Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
>Speaker: Dr. Douglas Kammen
>Douglas Kammen (PhD. in political science from 
>Cornell University) has taught at the University 
>of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, 
>Universitas Hasanuddin in Makassar, Indonesia, 
>and the National University of Timor Lorosae in 
>Dili, Timor-Leste. In August 2007 he will be 
>joining the Southeast Asian Studies Programme at 
>the National University of Singapore. He has 
>written numerous articles on the politics of the 
>Indonesian military, protest movements on Java, 
>and East Timor. He is currently completing a 
>collection of essays on East Timorese politics 
>as well as a reader on East Timorese political history.
>The popular referendum conducted in East Timor 
>in 1999 and the declaration of Timor-Leste’s 
>independence in May, 2002 marked the culmination 
>of one of the most unlikely and inspiring 
>stories of perseverance in the twentieth 
>century. However, seven years after the 
>referendum and four years after attaining 
>independence, the new country was plunged into a 
>spiral of violence that continues to this day.
>After the outbreak of the political crisis in 
>2006, many East Timorese and foreign observers 
>placed their hopes on the findings of a UN 
>Commission of Enquiry and the establishment of a 
>new UN Mission. More recently, others have held 
>out hope that the election of Nobel laureate 
>José Ramos-Horta to the Presidency, and the 
>likelihood that former resistance leader José 
>‘Xanana’ Gusmão will become the new Prime 
>Minister, will lead to the restoration of order, 
>respect for the democratic process, and economic growth.
>This talk will address the multiple cleavages 
>that have emerged in post-independence 
>Timor-Leste. Specifically, the talk will focus 
>on (a) the conflict between easterners (firaku) 
>and westerners (kaladi), (b) the lineages of 
>ideological divisions within the East Timorese 
>elite, and (c) popular conceptions of power and 
>utopia in East Timorese society.
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>Event Type: Seminar
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