Timor as a failed state: a slap in the face for ASEAN?
Yang Razali Kassim
Date of Issue2006-06-06
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Within days of the first-ever ASEAN defence ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 9th May 2006, Timor Leste went into a freefall of violence and mayhem. This tiny state, situated just on ASEAN's eastern doorstep, won its independence from Indonesia in 2002 following a UN-sponsored referendum in 1999. But it has been struggling to be a viable nation-state ever since.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
RSIS Commentaries, 046-06
Nanyang Technological University