[TimorLesteStudies] Melbourne Book Launch, March 19, 'The Politics of Timor-Leste'

Michael Leach mleach at swin.edu.au
Sat Mar 9 12:12:38 EST 2013

The Australia-East Timor Association and the East Timor Students Association are launching a new book edited by Michael Leach and Damien Kingsbury:

The Politics of Timor-Leste: Democratic Consolidation after Intervention, published by Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, Cornell University, USA

Special Guest: Rae Kingsbury, Honorary Consul-General for Timor-Leste

WHEN: 5.30 pm for 6 pm, Tuesday the 19th of March

WHERE: Victoria University, 283 Queen St, Melbourne (entrance around the corner in Little Lonsdale St, in the same building as the office of the Timor-Leste Consulate)

COST: Free entry

Light refreshments

AETA book stall

The Politics of Timor-Leste explores the critical issues facing the Asia-Pacific's youngest nation as it seeks to consolidate a democracy following years of International intervention. The authors study the challenges that have burdened the state since it broke from Indonesia amid the violence of 1999 and formally achieved full independence in 2002. They assess the notable accomplishments of Timor-Leste's  leaders and citizens, and consider the country's future prospects as international organizations prepare to depart. A close study of Timor-Leste sheds light on ambitious state-building projects that have been initiated, with varying success, across the globe.


The Politics of Timor-Leste is an essential reference point for anyone concerned with the most important political issues to be addressed by the country in the  coming years. Its authors provide a comprehensive overview of political parties,  and the electoral and judicial systems, and describe the main aspects of  development strategies implemented since independence. Bringing these topics  together in one volume provides a a highly useful guide for assessing the  possibilities for the continuation and development of democratic processes within Timor-Leste.
                           - John G. Taylor, Professor of Politics, London South Bank
                             University, author of East Timor: The Price of Freedom
Australia-East Timor Association
PO Box 93
T: (03) 9416 2960
E: aetamel at aetamel.org

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