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National identity in Timor-Leste: challenges and opportunities

Kingsbury, Damien 2010, National identity in Timor-Leste: challenges and opportunities, South East Asia research, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 133-159, doi: 10.5367/000000010790959820.

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Title National identity in Timor-Leste: challenges and opportunities
Author(s) Kingsbury, DamienORCID iD for Kingsbury, Damien orcid.org/0000-0001-9987-4688
Journal name South East Asia research
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 133
End page 159
Total pages 27
Publisher I P Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 0967-828X
2043-6874
Keyword(s) independence
language
division
chaos
intervention
commonality
civics
Summary Following a long independence struggle and international intervention, in 2006 the tiny impoverished state of Timor-Leste almost imploded in civil chaos and institutional collapse. The events of the time were quickly defined in terms of an east-west geographical and, broadly, linguistic and political divide, corresponding to pro- and anti-government groupings. International intervention quelled the worst of the violence, although elections in 2007 confirmed the general tendency, if not an absolute alignment, to the divide that had appeared in 2006. However, much also united Timor-Leste historically and culturally and, increasingly, in a broad acceptance of civic institutions. It was from this base that the small and sometimes fragile state began to build what promised to be a more coherent future.
Language eng
DOI 10.5367/000000010790959820
Field of Research 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, I P Publishing Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033032

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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