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The Intervention in East Timor

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As East Timor rapidly approaches a formal declaration of independence next year, it is useful to consider what lessons might be learned from the Australian-led intervention, beginning in September 1999. The following observations are preliminary perspectives of a former U.S. government official, designed to contribute to the already-evolving analysis of this intervention by other practitioners and scholars.

Eric Schwartz is a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.