Although swelling oil and gas revenues have bought Timor-Leste peace, political empowerment, security reforms and fiscal caution are needed to ensure stability can outlast the boom.
Civil-Military Affairs Conference, Queanbeyan, Australia.
Originally published in The Jakarta Post
Timor-Leste’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections will be an important step in consolidating the relative stability the country has enjoyed since recovering from the 2006 crisis, but a number of security risks deserve continued attention.
Conference: "10 years later: the contribution of social programs in the construction of a Welfare State in Timor-Leste", Dili, Timor-Leste.
Originally published in The Interpreter
The size of the policing contingent of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) should be sharply reduced to prepare for the peace operation’s eventual end and encourage the country to assume full responsibility for ensuring its own security and future stability.