The Post-Colonial Security Dilemma: Timor-Leste and the International Community

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This book examines the development of Timor-Leste’s foreign policy since achieving political independence in 2002. It considers the influence of Timor-Leste’s historical experiences with foreign intervention on how the small, new state has pursued security. The book argues that efforts to secure the Timorese state have been motivated by a desire to reduce foreign intervention and dependence upon other actors within the international community. Timor-Leste’s desire for "real" independence — characterized by the absence of foreign interference — permeates all spheres of its international political, cultural and economic relations and foreign policy discourse. Securing the state entails projecting a legitimate identity in the international community to protect and guarantee political recognition of sovereign status, an imperative that gives rise to Timor-Leste’s aspirational foreign policy. The book examines Timor-Leste’s key bilateral and multilateral diplomatic relations, its engagement with the global normative order, and its place within the changing Asia-Pacific region.


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The Post-Colonial Security Dilemma: Timor-Leste and the International Community [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-4818-41-4], by Rebecca Strating, author 13.90 USD
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Preliminary pages Download
1. Introduction Download
2. The Struggle for Recognition: Territorialization, Self-determination and the Imagining of “East Timor” 5.00 USD
3. The Politics of Recognition: East Timor and the International Community 5.00 USD
4. Establishing Legitimacy: International State-building in East Timor 5.00 USD
5. Timor-Leste’s Aspirational Foreign Policy 5.00 USD
6. Identity Hedging: Timor-Leste’s Engagement with Intergovernmental Organizations 5.00 USD
7. Timor-Leste’s National Security Agenda 5.00 USD
8. Securing Economic Sovereignty 5.00 USD
9. International Reconciliation and Transitional Justice 5.00 USD
10. Conclusion: Timor-Leste in the Changing Regional Order 5.00 USD
Postscript Download
Bibliography Download
Index Download
About the Author Download

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