Post-conflict Timor-Leste

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On May 20, 2002, Timor-Leste officially declared independence and was welcomed into the United Nations (UN) as its newest member state. This was a day of widespread national celebration since self-determination had been hard won through much struggle and violence, after centuries of Portuguese colonialism and a brutal, repressive military occupation by Indonesia that lasted for 24 years. This long history of foreign occupation has shaped the culture, identity, and politics of the East Timorese in complex ways, presenting unique challenges to the state in the post-conflict, transitional years.
Original languageEnglish
TypeLiving reference work entry
Media of outputonline
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783030117955
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameThe Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Peace and Conflict Studies


  • Timor-Leste
  • Colonialism
  • Conflict
  • Genocide
  • Military occupation
  • Peacebuilding

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


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