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East Timor

Timor-Leste’s deep politics and the enigma of Xanana Gusmao

In 2018, Gusmao's reframing of his modernist vision through a lulik alliance signalled a return to his cultural roots that assisted in regaining his waning charisma.

Living Art under attack in Timor-Leste: Arte Moris

The eviction of the young nation's only art school has shown who holds the real power in Timor-Leste.

30 years after the Santa Cruz massacre: What legacy is left behind?

The story of these youths' contribution to the liberation of their homeland is yet to be fully written.

Timor-Leste’s twin crises and what we must learn from them

Swarms of international aid and humanitarian assistance do not change long term problems, but deepen Timor-Leste’s vulnerability to shocks like coronavirus and climate-related extreme weather events.

Civic space in Timor-Leste during COVID-19 Part 2: Access and equity

COVID-19 arguably provided opportunities to increase legitimacy and accountability.

Civic space in Timor-Leste during COVID-19 Part 1: Governance and civil society

Civic space in Timor-Leste has been challenged and expanded by the pandemic

Conservation of Timor-Leste’s world-class marine ecology is not being taken seriously

Teeming with the greatest fish species biodiversity on the planet, these seas are under threat from large and small scale illegal fishing compounded by lax law enforcement.

44 Years after invasion: East Timor’s 1975 generation

The role of youth and students has been sidelined in the history of the resistance movement.

New Mandala’s most read in 2018

Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.

‘Belligerent cohabitation’ in Timor-Leste?

The semi-presidential political system has proven robust, despite the challenges in the aftermath of the 2017–18 elections.

Timor-Leste is no failing state

Apocalyptic portrayals of the country's future distract us from what its real problems are, and how to address them.

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.

Fighting corruption with spiritual power in East Timor

Support for the KHUNTO party springs from pockets of deep resentment towards the post-independence elite.

East Timor’s “Red Rosa”

A look back at Rosa "Muki" Bonaparte Soares' life of anti-colonialism and feminism, cut short by Indonesian occupation.

Election impressions from Timor-Leste

An annotated photo essay on what makes Timorese election campaigning distinctive.

Women and power in Timor’s elections

Quotas guarantee high levels of female representation in parliament. But patronage, and thus political power, remains decidedly in male hands.

Unlocking Timor-Leste’s road to ASEAN

Why ASEAN should open the door to Dili.

A sunset for Greater Sunrise?

Terminated treaties and a standoff in the Timor Sea.

Setting the record straight 

Remembering the decades-long struggle for East Timor's independence.

Time to draw the line

Why Australia must meet Timor-Leste halfway over their disputed sea border.

Time running out for Timor-Leste

Will UN conciliation end the Timor Sea dispute?

‘What a piece of work is a man!’

Timor-Leste's fierce independence fighter and long-time leader, Xanana Gusmao, at 70.

Muzzling Timor’s media

Freedom of the press is under threat with case against local reporter.