Can Timor-Leste hold it together for 2012?

It's been a rough ride for Timor-Leste: 450 years of neglect under Portuguese colonialists, 24 years of systematic abuse under the Indonesian military, two-and-a-half years of experimentation under a UN transitional government and now nine rocky years as Southeast Asia's newest nation. With parliamentary and presidential elections slated for 2012, Southeast Asia's youngest democracy is […]

Times of change

It's been five years since I left the UK. Throughout this time I've been adamant that I wouldn't go back aside from the occasional visit. But now I'm faced with a dilemma. Last year, I applied to do a master's in Southeast Asian Studies, majoring in government and politics of modern Southeast Asia, at the […]