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The political economy of cross-border relations : the TNI and East Timor

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posted on 2003-11-01, 00:00 authored by Damien KingsburyDamien Kingsbury
Within a framework of formally increasingly cordial bilateral relations, the Indonesian military, the TNI, was engaging in and allowing extensive cross-border trade and smuggling while pursuing a policy of limited cross-border destabilization of East Timor. This seemingly contradictory policy, run from the TNI's 'strategic command centre' in Atambua, West Timor, met the TNI's continuing need to fund its own activities (and those of its proxies) through both legal and illegal means, to provide leverage for the coming talks about the formal demarcation of the border, and to provide a foothold to longer-term irredentist claims to the former occupied province and now independent state.

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Journal

South East Asia research

Volume

11

Issue

3

Pagination

269 - 296

Publisher

I P Publishing Ltd.

Location

London, England

ISSN

0967-828X

eISSN

2043-6874

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, IP Publishing Ltd. Reproduced by permission.

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