Liberal Peacebuilding in Timor Leste: The Emperor's New Clothes?

Oliver P. Richmond, Jason Franks

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A critical examination of the effort to build a liberal peace since 1999 in East Timor illustrates that to a large degree the liberal peace model has failed the East Timorese people. There are two aspects to this: the first is the failure to construct a social contract between society and its institutions of governance. This is related to the broader issue of the social legitimacy of, and contract with, international actors derived from society and its complex groupings. The second is the failure, at least in the transitional period, to respond to the experiences of everyday life and welfare requirements of the new state's citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-200
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Peacekeeping
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008


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