The	Post-Colonial	Security	Dilemma:	Timor-Leste	and	the	International	Community	(Timor-Leste’s	Aspirational	Foreign	Policy)
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The Post-Colonial Security Dilemma: Timor-Leste and the International Community (Timor-Leste’s Aspirational Foreign Policy)

by Rebecca Strating

This book examines the development of Timor-Leste’s foreign policy since achieving political independence in 2002. It considers the influence of Timor-Leste’s historical experiences with foreign intervention on how the small, new state has pursued security. The book argues that efforts to secure the Timorese state have been motivated by a desire to reduce foreign intervention and dependence upon other actors within the international community. Timor-Leste’s desire for "real" independence — characterized by the absence of foreign interference — permeates all spheres of its international political, cultural and economic relations and foreign policy discourse. Securing the state entails projecting a legitimate identity in the international community to protect and guarantee political recognition of sovereign status, an imperative that gives rise to Timor-Leste’s aspirational foreign policy. The book examines Timor-Leste’s key bilateral and multilateral diplomatic relations, its engagement with the global normative order, and its place within the changing Asia-Pacific region.

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  • Publisher : ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Product Code : 9789814818414C05

About Author

Rebecca Strating

Rebecca Strating is the acting Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.