This book explains how history and traditions have shaped Timorese politics, as well as the role that Indonesia and ASEAN play for the country's future . It tries to understand a complex political system in which both traditional laws and contemporary politics are integrated, and examines the effects of Portuguese colonization, Indonesian neo-colonialism, United Nations missions, and electoral democracy. The volume also addresses broader issues such as the politics of modernization, the question of development, and youth education. The possibilities presented by the new president, Luo-Olo, as well as the upcoming parliamentary elections, make this project a timely contribution that confirms the vibrancy of East Timor's democratic process and bi-party political system.
Jean A. Berlie is Researcher at The Education University of Hong Kong, China.
1. A Socio-historical Essay: Traditions, Indonesia, Independence and Elections by Jean A. Berlie
2. Independence: Political Events in 2006, 2008 and 2015 by Jean A. Berlie
3. East Timor and its Giant Southern Neighbor by Peter Murphy
4. Timor-Leste and ASEAN by Hans Hägerdal and Jean A. Berlie
5. Fretilin and CNRT: A Short Comparative Study of the Two Main Political Parties of East Timor by Jean A. Berlie
6. Epilogue: East Timor's Political Development, Indonesia and ASEAN by Jean A. Berlie