Timor-Leste : The History and Development of Asia's Newest Nation

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After enduring years of conflict and destruction, Timor-Leste has risen from the ashes and, within a short span of time, made remarkable strides toward recovery and reconstruction. It is today a nation well on its way to peace and prosperity, creating an example to be followed by other fragile and underdeveloped countries. Timor-Leste: The History and Development of Asia's Newest Nation examines this journey through the social, political, and economic development of the young state.show more

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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 3 black & white illustrations, 8 black & white halftones, 3 maps, 3 tables
  • 0739195271
  • 9780739195277

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This book is a rich source of lessons for many small nations around the world struggling to harness their natural resources for the improvement of their people. It is not just that Timor-Leste is a new nation; it is even more important that it is a smart nation judging from the innovations it has put in its constitutions and the institutions that it has created to help advance the welfare of its people. This book is a powerful testimony of how a new nation can rise from tragedy to triumph by adopting smart development policies and institutions. -- Calestous Juma, Harvard University The authors have examined, with the trained and clinical eyes of fine economists, the entire fabric of Timor-Leste's socio economic structure, from natural resource investment to climate change, from food and agriculture to the empowerment of the vulnerable, and to the implementation of the millennium development goals. There is a wealth of statistics, garnered with circumspection and presented with clarity, which support the authors' overall contention of a devastated country in the process of recovery, and a realistic assessment of assets, both current and potential, particularly in respect of oil and gas in the Timor Sea. -- Jamsheed Marker, former Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for East Timor and author of East Timor: a Memoir of the Negotiations for Independence (2003) Timor-Leste: The History and Development of Asia's Newest Nation offers a fresh perspective on Timor-Leste's extraordinary journey over the past decade. -- Ameerah Haq, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Field Support and Head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste This book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding Timor-Leste and will be in years to come the benchmark of future studies on the country. -- Victor Savage, National University of Singapore The book of Abraham Joseph and Takako Hamaguchi is highly welcome. It gives an incomparable analysis of the challenge successfully faced by Timor-Leste as a new and fragile state. ...It is to be hoped that thanks to this book other fragile states will break the vicious circle of state fragility as done by Timor-Leste. -- Patrick Guillaumont, Universite d'Auvergne, former member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy Joseph and Hamaguchi, expertly, professionally, and credibly, describe the history and the current realities of Timor-Leste. They go on to present the information from which potential collaborative blueprints for the near future of this new dynamic nation may be drawn upon as it progresses into in its second decade-a decade expected to match or even exceed the development of the first decade. -- John E. Steffens, University of Oklahoma The book co-authored by Abraham Joseph and Takako Hamaguchi Timor-Leste: The History and Development of Asia's Newest Nation is an excellent contribution in the area of post-conflict studies - the emergence of a country from total destruction at the time of its independence and within a decade moves from recovery to enter the development phase. It is a true testament to what can be realized when government and people come together to help rebuild a country that is not afraid of taking the reigns to establish itself as a stronger nation, thereby building a better future for its people. It is a must read for policymakers, academics, the private sector and NGOs/CSOs. -- Afaf Konja, Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly 68th Session Timor-Leste provides most interesting insights into the political history that led to the birth of the country as an independent nation...The authors have chronicled the development of Timor-Leste in a highly readable form. Beyond those interested in learning about the development of Timor-Leste in the twelve years since its independence, the book will be useful for national leaders, development planners, policy makers and those in international organizations working in post-conflict countries seeking to give advice by way of example. No country's journey ever ends, so it will be interesting to follow Timor-Leste's development to 2030. This book provides a baseline for putting in perspective what is to come. AFICS Bulletinshow more

About Takako Hamaguchi

Abraham Joseph has held various senior-level positions at the United Nations, including the head of the Office of Socioeconomic Affairs in the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. He also served as a senior advisor to Timor-Leste's foreign minister. Takako Hamaguchi worked for UNICEF for sixteen years before starting her own international development and cooperation consultancy firm.show more

Table of contents

Foreword by Jose Ramos-Horta Preface and Acknowledgement Introduction: Emergence of Asia's Newest Nation Chapter 1: Timor-Leste and Its Economic History in Brief Chapter 2: Declaring Development as a Right Chapter 3: Investing with Natural Resource Endowments Chapter 4: Promoting Agriculture and Food Security Chapter 5: Empowering the Vulnerable Chapter 6: Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change Chapter 7: Implementing Millennium Development Goals Chapter 8: Partnering with the World Community Chapter 9: From Tragedy to Triumph - Building the Foundation of Modern Timor-Lesteshow more