The	Post-Colonial	Security	Dilemma:	Timor-Leste	and	the	International	Community

The Post-Colonial Security Dilemma: Timor-Leste and the International Community

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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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction
2. The Struggle for Recognition: Territorialization, Self-determination and the Imagining of “East Timor”
3. The Politics of Recognition: East Timor and the International Community
4. Establishing Legitimacy: International State-building in East Timor
5. Timor-Leste’s Aspirational Foreign Policy
6. Identity Hedging: Timor-Leste’s Engagement with Intergovernmental Organizations
7. Timor-Leste’s National Security Agenda
8. Securing Economic Sovereignty
9. International Reconciliation and Transitional Justice
10. Conclusion: Timor-Leste in the Changing Regional Order
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  • Number of Pages : 402
  • Publisher : ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 530g
  • Product Code : 9789814818407
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

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Rebecca Strating

Rebecca Strating is a Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and Philosophy, La Trobe University, Melbourne.