Timorese children are seen in 1999 following the referendum on independence from Indonesia.
East Timor Alert Network
Two decades after it helped the Timorese people gain their freedom, Canada would do well to provide a significant helping hand to the country again.
Protesters outside the Australian embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste, in 2016, demanding a settlement of the border dispute between the nations.
Since Timor-Leste's independence, relations with Australia have been undermined by contentious negotiations over oil and gas fields. But a new maritime border may mean brighter days ahead.
The leaders of the 18 Asia-Pacific economies pose for a family photo in Vancouver in 1997. Indonesia’s Suharto is sixth from the left. Protests against human rights violations were kept hidden from Suharto during the summit.
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Canada's clashes with Indonesia in the 1990s over human rights abuses contain lessons for the current Canadian-Saudi Arabian diplomatic dispute.
Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery and his client are facing charges under the Intelligence Services Act.
As lawyer Bernard Collaery and his client face criminal charges, there are many more questions to be answered in this case.
Aid projects in Iraq had more money than ideas.
We don’t care, or possibly dare, to look back five or ten years later to see what happened to international aid projects.
Paul Keating is known as one of the most Indonesia-friendly Australian prime ministers.
It was Paul Keating himself who first raised the idea of a security agreement between Indonesia and Australia in June 1994 to Indonesian President Soeharto.
The UK’s list of weapons buyers includes some dubious regimes.
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The UK has never ironed out the ethics of its role in the arms trade. Will the debate ever be resolved?
Coffee beans picked from a crop in Timor-Leste.
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In wartime, food and drink may be a weapon or embodiment of the enemy, but also 'a token of hope, a soothing relief'. In East Timor, coffee has played a vital role.
Indonesian military Chief Gatot Nurmantyo talks to reporters in the Indonesian capitals Jakarta on January 5.
The Indonesian government has back-pedalled on an announcement by the head of the country's military that cooperation between the two countries would be suspended.
George Brandis (centre) was ‘the guest’ of the co-ordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, Wiranto (right), during a recent visit to Indonesia.
Here’s the glaring omission in George Brandis' list of issues raised recently with Indonesian President Joko Widodo: human rights.
Timor-Leste is one of the world’s most oil-dependent countries.
In terms of what is achievable, any foreign policy approach that does not account for strategic and historical realities is likely to fail.
Timor Leste claims that a treaty with Australia on regulating the exploitation of petroleum and similar resources in the Timor Sea is now invalid.
Several issues of international law arise from Timor Leste’s dispute with Australia over the negotiations of a 2006 treaty regulating the exploitation of petroleum and similar resources in the Timor Sea…
West Papuan refugee Amos Wainggai is on board the Freedom Flotilla, headed for Papuan shores from Australia. What will it mean for our relations with Indonesia?
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Given the extreme sensitivity with which the issue of West Papua is viewed in Indonesia, the “Freedom Flotilla” heading from Australia to the Indonesian-controlled territory is sure to create tension…
A parliamentary inquiry is reviewing Australian and East Timorese relations, but is it hearing from the right mix of stakeholders?
A parliamentary inquiry examining Australia’s relationship with East Timor is underway and the proceedings so far do not make for comfortable reading. It’s a good time for an inquiry: East Timor successfully…
Timor boasts some unspoiled coast, but lacks key tourism infrastructure.
Timor-Leste’s recent elections were dubbed “the key test for the fragile democracy” by the Australian media. A peaceful outcome of the election meant that United Nations military and police contingent…
Leader of the CNRT and outgoing Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao, has decided to form a coalition with the PD and Frente-Mudanca parties.
Hopes and fears of an alliance between Timor-Leste’s two major political parties, CNRT (National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction) and FRETILIN (Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor…
East Timor’s inability to cope with global climate change demands is a result of hundreds of years of occupation, and no…
Jose Maria Vasconcelos (or Taur Matan Ruak) is the new president of East Timor, but will he do more for the women in his country?
The recent election of José Maria de Vasconcelos, or Taur Matan Ruak as he is known, to the Presidency of Timor-Leste is not good news for women in that country. Adding yet another member of the male military…