The year 2017 dawned in Timor-Leste with positive promises. Diplomatic efforts to secure a new maritime boundary and improve access to natural resources ended in a favorable deal. Elections let people have a voice on disputes of the previous year. But the returns took many by surprise, and instability returned to the arena.
Timor-Leste in 2017: Between a Diplomatic Victory and the Return of “Belligerent Democracy”
Rui Graça Feijó is Guest Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Integrated Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal. His recent book is Dynamics of Democracy in Timor-Leste: The Birth of a Democratic Nation, 1999–2012 (Amsterdam University Press, 2016). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rui Graça Feijó; Timor-Leste in 2017: Between a Diplomatic Victory and the Return of “Belligerent Democracy”. Asian Survey 1 February 2018; 58 (1): 206–212. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2018.58.1.206
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