Book Talk: Peacebuilding and National Ownership in Timor-Leste

  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•03•03    17:00 - 18:30

    On Monday, 3 March The UNU Library will host a public discussion of the book Primordial Leadership: Peacebuilding and National Ownership in Timor-Leste, published by the UNU Press in September 2013. The event will start from 5:00 PM at the UNU Library at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The featured book, by Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, provides a detailed account of the author’s interactions with the Timorese national leaders during his assignment in Timor-Leste from July 2002 to September 2006. In post-conflict Timor-Leste, primordial leadership proved to be the key to building sustainable peace. It facilitated national ownership and accountability, helping national leaders to successfully turn the security crises of 2006 and 2008 into opportunities for fostering respect for democratic governance. This change in mindset and the ensuing spirit of national unity were instrumental in achieving peace and stability — rather than the externally induced, exclusive efforts in building institutional frameworks for the rule of law and democratic governance.

    The event will be moderated by Dr. Vesselin Popovski (UNU-IAS).

    Discussants will incude:

    • Isilio Coelho da Silva, Ambassador of Timor-Leste
    • Mr. Ken Inoue, Former Director, Democratic Governance Division, United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT)
    • Professor Yuji Uesugi, Waseda University

    To register for this event please contact the UNU Library (Email: / Tel: 03-5467-1359 / Fax: 03-5467-1360)


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