Author: Sue Ingram
Institution: Australia National University
Publication Date: April 2012
Keywords: Political Settlement, Conflict, Governance, Multi-national/ International Institutions, Peace Processes, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping
In October 1999 the United Nations deployed a multi-national peace-keeping force in East Timor to restore peace and security. Over the next two and a half years, the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) oversaw the country’s separation from Indonesia after 24 years of occupation and constructed the organisational framework for a new state. But the author argues that UNTAET failed to nurture an inclusive internal political settlement as the necessary condition for lasting stability. She examines why this issue largely fell under UNTAET’s radar, and how this paved the way for conflicted politics following independence.