Measures to resolve land disputes in Timor-Leste must go beyond a draft law on land titling if they are to comprehensively reduce the risks posed, otherwise the law could bring more problems than solutions.
The security threat at Indonesia and Timor-Leste’s shared border has decreased sharply since the latter’s 2002 independence, but failure to finalise agreement on the border and normalise cross-border traffic could allow limited but long-standing local disputes to escalate.
Originally published in The Interpreter
The United Nations should hand over formal control of the Timor-Leste police as soon as possible.
A year after the near-fatal shooting of President José Ramos-Horta, security in Timor-Leste is strikingly improved.
Originally published in The Age
The shooting of President José Ramos-Horta in February 2008 underscored the urgency of addressing sources of conflict and violence in Timor-Leste.
Originally published in openDemocracy
Four years after Timor-Leste gained independence, its police and army were fighting each other in the streets of Dili.
Timor-Leste has just elected a new president and will hold parliamentary elections on 30 June 2007.