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.
COVID-19 arguably provided opportunities to increase legitimacy and accountability.
Civic space in Timor-Leste has been challenged and expanded by the pandemic
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.
The role of youth and students has been sidelined in the history of the resistance movement.
Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.
The semi-presidential political system has proven robust, despite the challenges in the aftermath of the 2017–18 elections.
Apocalyptic portrayals of the country's future distract us from what its real problems are, and how to address them.
Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.
Support for the KHUNTO party springs from pockets of deep resentment towards the post-independence elite.
A look back at Rosa "Muki" Bonaparte Soares' life of anti-colonialism and feminism, cut short by Indonesian occupation.
An annotated photo essay on what makes Timorese election campaigning distinctive.
Quotas guarantee high levels of female representation in parliament. But patronage, and thus political power, remains decidedly in male hands.
Timor-Leste's fierce independence fighter and long-time leader, Xanana Gusmao, at 70.