Timor-Leste: The Continuing Challenge of Police Building and Security Governance

Twelve years after independence, Timor-Leste currently experiences relative political stability. No serious incidents troubled the country since 2006 during the violent clashes between members of the police and the military, or the almost deadly assaults on the Timorese President and Prime Minister in 2008. This relative calm is mainly a result of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão’s “buying peace” policy, but grave human security issues have begun to open up.

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