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The Voices of Inclusion and Peace: Missing From the Conversation?

Desmond Tutu | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Desmond Tutu

Bringing a country or a region out of conflict has taken leaders coming from the ground up, not leaders installed by a super power to serve its economic interests. There is one word today that such leaders seem to understand, repeat, and live by that seems to separate their successes from failures elsewhere. The word is inclusion.

Ebola Is Not Just West Africa's Crisis

Xanana Gusmao | Posted 09.26.2014 | World
Xanana Gusmao

This is an emergency of enormous scale, and we all have a moral obligation to stand shoulder to shoulder to ensure its swift conclusion. Especially, as we see time and again, it is the poorest and most vulnerable that are most at risk.

New Zealand: Time for a Small Country on the UN Security Council

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
José Ramos-Horta

In these incredibly challenging times in the Middle East, parts of Africa and Asia, the world needs small countries with New Zealand's record to be sitting in the UN Security Council. And it is important for other small UN member states to see New Zealand win and know that the UN Security Council is accessible for them too.

Mobile Phones Save Lives in Timor-Leste

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

"A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave." This common saying reflects the reality in many developing countries: bearing a child is one of the main risks to a woman's life. In the poor countries of the world, giving birth is both one of the most significant days in a woman's life but also a time when she is closest to losing it.

Pop-up Politics: East Timor's Struggle for Stability and security

Kyle Knight | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Timor-Leste's current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country's first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced.

The Subtle Wounds of Timor-Leste's Violent Past: Trauma, Diagnoses, and Injustice

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Repeated bouts of violence in Timor Leste's recent past and a persistent sense of injustice have had a lasting mental health impact, new research shows. Researchers say recovery may require more than therapeutic interventions.

Stunting Stalls in Timor-Leste, Exposing 'Human Infrastructure' Investment Gap

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

A 2013 UNICEF report listed Timor-Leste as having the highest percentage of children under five who are moderately or severely stunted in the world, matched only by Burundi.

Mobile Courts Take Justice on the Road in Timor-Leste

Kyle Knight | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Taking judicial proceedings to rural areas of Timor-Leste with "mobile courts" is increasing citizens' access to justice as the young country builds its government from the ground up, experts and practitioners say.

Inside Timor-Leste

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 04.14.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peo...

The Need for Asian Climate Leadership

Mohamed Nasheed | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Mohamed Nasheed

From small island states to delta settlements, Asia is the climate frontline. Seven of the ten countries most vulnerable to climate change are in Asia and the Pacific. It falls to Asian governments, whose primary responsibility is to protect their citizens, to respond.

Rohingya: The Obligation of Refuge

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
José Ramos-Horta

Today, I plead with President Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Xanana to let these unwanted, persecuted people stay in our country. Surely, we can share our bamboo roof, a loaf of bread, a plate of rice, cassava, some coconut water with our fellow brothers and sisters from Myanmar.

2012's Sleeper Story: Success in Timor-Leste

Peter Yeo | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

As we look back on 2012's deadly global turmoil in places like Syria, and towards growing conflicts like Mali, Timor-Leste is the year's sleeper success story.

Curation Culture: USAID and the Mashup

Ming Holden | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Ming Holden

I remembered that former State Department Policy Planning Director Anne-Marie Slaughter's Twitter byline includes the descriptor "foreign policy curator." So what does curation actually mean?

Benghazi Was Not the Beginning of the End

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.14.2012 | World
José Ramos-Horta

The tragedy of Benghazi and riots in Yemen do not signal the end of the Arab Spring. Nor is it an indication of any "failed policies," any more than it is justification for the shameful practice of political candidates in the US attempting to make points from a US Ambassador's death.

LOOK: Photo Of Hillary Watching Bill Goes Viral

Posted 09.07.2012 | Politics

Hillary Clinton may have been halfway around the world, but that didn't stop the secretary of state from watching her husband, Bill Clinton, deliver h...

Carrying The Torch For Peace

Peter Yeo | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Peter Yeo

As over 10,000 of the world's greatest athletes convene in London for the 2012 Olympic Games, three stand out to me for their triumphs in rising from histories of war and conflict to represent their nations with pride.

Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 08.26.2012 | Green
José Ramos-Horta

Rather than attempting to forge the one agreement that will change the course of the world, or being satisfied with one without much substance, it may be more realistic, practical and effective to think on a regional level.

Timor-Leste: Escaping Fragility

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 08.01.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

After centuries of foreign rule, Timor-Leste has readied itself to be a full partner in what is shaping up as Asia's century.

Timor-Leste Beauty

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.02.2011 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

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Aid And Independence In East Timor

Posted 11.28.2011 | World

By Simon Roughneen, The Diplomat 'Goodbye conflict, welcome development' reads the Panglossian banner on the Timor-Leste Finance Ministry web...

Israel and the U.S. Should Support Palestine UN Membership

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.19.2011 | World
José Ramos-Horta

While I am an admirer of the state of Israel for their exceptional achievements in every field of human endeavor, the Palestinian issue is one the Israelis have failed to manage in a wise manner.

Time for Risky Ventures in Timor-Leste?

Simon Roughneen | Posted 11.06.2011 | World
Simon Roughneen

I recently spent a week in Timor-Leste, my first trip back there since July 2009. Bucking economic trends elsewhere -- well, in Europe, Japan and the ...

WATCH: UNICEF Supported Program Gives Struggling Youth Future Options

Posted 08.05.2011 | Impact

For adolescents growing up in a Timor-Leste neighborhood notorious for gang fights and youth violence, hitting the books and shooting some hoops can g...

After Years of Violence, Peace for East Timor's People

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Catholic Relief Services

By Laura Sheahen Driving through the countryside of East Timor, my Catholic Relief Services colleagues and I pass a volleyball court. "That's from CR...

Overcoming past traumas to build a stable future

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

This post originally appeared on the World Bank's Conflict and Development blog on November 5, 2010. If your child is murdered or your friend is tort...