Peacebuilding in East Timor

Candio, Patrick and Bleiker, Roland (2001) Peacebuilding in East Timor. The Pacific Review, 14 1: 63-84. doi:10.1080/09512740010018561

Author Candio, Patrick
Bleiker, Roland
Title Peacebuilding in East Timor
Journal name The Pacific Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-2748
Publication date 2001-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09512740010018561
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 63
End page 84
Total pages 22
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
360105 International Relations
750701 Understanding international relations
Abstract This essay analyses some of the political, economic and social challenges of East Timer's transition to independence. It scrutinizes the ethical dimensions of building peace in a territory devastated by the combined effect of Indonesia's colonial occupation and the violent militia attacks of September 1999. The most difficult task ahead does not lie in the physical rebuilding of the territory-gargantuan as it may be-but in the more intricate and long-term rehabilitation of a traumatized society. The latter involves competing Timorese factions as well as a range of international actors, including the United Nations Transitional Authority, foreign governments, business institutions and various multilateral and bilateral donors. each having their own organizational leitmotifs and policy priorities. If not managed carefully, the reconstruction process could further exacerbate existing societal tensions and complicate the starch for peace and reconciliation. The essay identifies a number of crucial components necessary to counter such risks, including the need to promote popular participation in the rebuilding process. Without the legitimacy created by strong community involvement and grassroots participation in decision making, the task of national reconstruction may well become overwhelmed by conflict.
Keyword Area Studies
East Timor
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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