Timor-Leste Makes Headway – Slowly

Timor-Leste Makes Headway – SlowlyBendita Ramos grimaced as she pointed over the rickety roadside fence in the Timorese hamlet of Kaitehu. On the other side was a field of bedraggled-looking maize plants, some stooped as if sheltering from the steady drizzle falling from the slate sky above. “The corn we plant is damaged because of the long dry season…

Timor-Leste: Lessons of a Failing State?

Timor-Leste: Lessons of a Failing State?The leader and founding father of Asia’s youngest nation, Xanana Gusmao, announced in November that he was resigning as prime minister and leaving politics. The announcement comes amidst growing state failure and rampant mismanagement. Since Timor-Leste’s independence from Indonesia in 2002, Gusmao has dominated the small nation’s politics. His intention to resign has led many…