The chapters in this book examine the major themes of development, borders and security, politics and justice, resource and land management, education, and language policy. Though the country was initially lauded as a case study in successful state-building, the crisis of 2006 demonstrated that East Timor had more in common with other post-colonial, post-conflict societies than some of thse earlier optimistic assessments suggested. East Timor continues to attract the interest and attention of governments, scholars, development institutions and aid workers as a society rebuilding itself after almost a quarter of a century of profound trauma, and the consecutive eras of colonialism. Covering the era from the independence referendum in August 1999 to the political crisis in 2006, and future prospects and challenges, this book is an invaluable resource for understanding the challenges facing the first new nation of the 21st century.
Contents: Introduction / Damien Kingsbury and Michael Leach -- Development -- 1. Political development / Damien Kingsbury -- 2. UNTAET: state-building and peace-building in East Timor / Sue Downie -- 3. Migration and development / Aurelio Guterres -- 4. Young people in rural development / Ann Wigglesworth -- Borders and security -- 5. The delimination of maritime boundaries: a matter of 'life or death' for East Timor? / Clive Schofield and I Made Andi Arsana -- 6. Border security issues / Damien Kingsbury -- 7. Security sector reform: current issues and future challenges / Cynthia Burton -- Politics and justice -- 8. Martyrs, heroes and warriors: the leadership of East Timor / Sara Niner -- 9. Enhancing the local legitimacy of transnational justice institutions: local embeddedness and customary law in CAVR / Sandra Scheeringa -- 10. SHould the past remain buried? Examining the contributions forensic archaeology and anthropology can make to post-conflict justice / Soren Blau -- Resource and land management -- 11. Portrait of a petroleum fund consultation / Jennifer Drysdale -- 12. Customary claims and the public interest: on Fataluku resource entitlements in Lautem / Andrew McWilliam -- 13. Food security and agriculture in the Australia-East Timor relationship / Tim Anderson -- Education -- 14. History teaching: challenges and alternatives / Michael Leach -- 15. The political economy of adult education and development / Bob Boughton and Deborah Durnan -- 16. How education both promotes and undermines development: the problem of the 'hidden curriculum' / Helen M. Hill -- Language policy -- 17. Sustaining language policy and language rights: where to from here? / Kerry Taylor-Leech -- 18. The challenge of realising language and literacy goals in East Timor's schools / Marie Quinn -- 19. Not just Tetum: language development and the case of Waima'a / John Bowden and John Hajek.