Asia-Pacific

Nov 23, 2012

East Timor left to fend for itself with challenges ahead

With Australia drawing down troops, the still-fragile nation of East Timor will soon be left to fend for itself. There are plenty of challenges for the country's ageing leadership ahead.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Australia’s draw-down of its remaining military force in East Timor, and the conclusion of the United Nations mission on December 31, has signalled that this sometimes troubled tiny country is now responsible for its own future. The stark realisation that the security blanket provided by the international community is being taken away has left some in East Timor feeling vulnerable.

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