July 26, 2012, 12:59 p.m.
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and the Asia Foundation have released a policy report regarding the state of Timor-Leste titled "Timor-Leste Celebrates a Decade of Independence." On May 20, 2012 Timor-Leste celebrated a decade of independence and governance as a sovereign state. This paper reflects on the nation-building and development that has gone on in Timor-Leste over the last decade, the country's emergence as a new player in the region and the challenges it still faces today. The report will also focus on the importance of the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections and the implications these elections will have both on Timor-Leste and the region as a whole.