[TimorLesteStudies] Article: Challenges Too Strong for the Nascent State of Timor-Leste: Petitioners and Mutineers
jennifer.drysdale at anu.edu.au
Wed Sep 2 09:16:54 EST 2009
May/June 2009, Vol. 49, No. 3, Pages 429–449 , DOI 10.1525/as.2009.49.3.429
Posted online on June 26, 2009.
Challenges Too Strong for the Nascent State of Timor-Leste: Petitioners and Mutineers
Matthew B. Arnold
Holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently an independent scholar based in Sierra Vista, Arizona, U.S.A. Email: <Matthew_arnoldjibs at yahoo.com>.
Timor-Leste was badly shaken by a violent national crisis from April 2006 to April 2008. Central to the turmoil were the presence and actions of two groups of ex-soldiers from the Timorese army, known as “petitioners” and “mutineers.” This article examines their roles in driving the crisis, by empirically mapping their history, motivations, and relationships.
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