Political and governance challenges confronting Timor-Leste

This paper looks at the primary challenges that Timor-Leste faces, on both the economic and political fronts.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Would spying on East Timor by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service be illegal?

Australian lawyer Bernard Collaery claims the head of ASIS ordered a team into East Timor to conduct work which was outside the proper functions of ASIS.

Chinese and Australian interests in Timor-Leste: at odds or mutually beneficial?

This paper argues that while there is little evidence to support the claim that China already has a strong degree of influence in Timor-Leste, it is also necessary, in Australia’s strategic outlook, to be alert to the implications of such a possibility in the future.

Unseen, unsafe: the underinvestment in ending violence against children in the Pacific and Timor-Leste

Violence against children is at endemic levels across Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste. Millions of children experience exceptionally high levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect.
Blog post

Australia’s seasonal worker program now bigger than NZ’s

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), which allows workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste to work on Australian farms for up to nine months, grew by 44% in 2018-19 or by some 3,000 workers – the largest absolute increase ever and one of the highest percentage...

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s continental shelf: Australia’s Timor Sea maritime boundary

This narrative focuses on the Timor Sea and the sovereignty issue over the part of the continental shelf that is adjacent to Australia’s northern coast and which has been coveted by both Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

Migration patterns and the impact of internal remittances on poverty and human capital in Timor-Leste

This paper uses data from a 3 District household survey in Timor-Leste to analyze migration patterns and the impact of internal remittance receipts on poverty and human capital.

Local resilience: living with risk in vulnerable internally displaced communities in Timor-Leste

This qualitative case study explored the influences on the capacity of internally displaced communities in Timor-Leste to recover from and adapt to living with risk in the aftermath of the civil and political conflict in 2006-07.

Migration patterns survey and HIV vulnerability assessment mapping in selected districts of Timor-Leste

The objectives of the Vulnerability Assessment Mapping were to: identify locations of support (VCT, health promotion and education etc) and HIV-risk behaviour; identify factors that increase personal and societal HIV vulnerability and to map mobility patterns.

Despite the odds: Timor-Leste’s quest to avoid a debt trap dilemma and achieve democratic stability

This paper details how Dilli might opt to confront some of its most sizable challenges—whether in terms of providing sustainable economic growth, pursuing democratic consolidation, or in fending off some of the more predatory trade policies of its larger neighbors.