Timor-Leste: Building a Nation and a Place in the Region


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Panel Discussion

When: May 5 2008 (All day)
Where: Hawaii Imin International Conference Center - Koi Room

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Please RSVP by May 1 to (808) 944-7111 or email [email protected]

One of the world's youngest
nations, Timor-Leste ("Leste" is "East" in Portuguese language), is a society
struggling to recover from hundreds of years of Portuguese colonial neglect,
internal conflict following the Portuguese withdrawal, twenty-five years of
Indonesian occupation, and the devastation of its modest infrastructure by
paramilitary loyal to Indonesia following the country's vote for independence
in 1999.It was internationally
recognized as an independent democratic state in May 2002.In spring 2006 internal conflict divided the
country, and has left thousands of its citizens in camps for internally
displaced persons.Timor-Leste's
President José Ramos-Horta survived a harrowing assassination attempt in February
2008, and has now returned to Timor-Leste after two months of recovery in Australia.Foreign military and police forces remain in
Timor-Leste to maintain law and order since the civil unrest began two years
ago, and the country continues to be under a state of emergency.How is the country addressing its internal
and external challenges?What is the
state of its bilateral relations with the United States and with neighboring
countries in the region?What are the
prospects for Timor-Leste in the next ten years?


The Honorable Zacarias Albano da Costa
Minister of Foreign

The Honorable Hans G. Klemm
Ambassador of the United States
to Timor-Leste

The Honorable Constâncio C. Pinto
Minister-Counselor, Chargé
d'Affaires ad interim
Embassy of Timor-Leste
to the United States of

Dr. Charles E. Morrison
President, East-West Center

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