Susan Marx

Timor presidential election 

Timor-Leste Parliamentary Election: Resistance Credentials Likely to Dominate

June 28, 2017


On July 22, Timorese will once again cast their vote in the country’s fourth parliamentary election since independence from Indonesia in 1999. With the March presidential election now almost a distant memory, all eyes are on the hotly contested parliamentary election. It is interesting to note that despite all the news and controversy surround… Read more

Aerial view of Dili, with Asia Foundation 25 years logo. 

In Photos: The Asia Foundation Marks 25 Years in Timor-Leste

June 14, 2017


On June 9, The Asia Foundation marked its 25th anniversary in Timor-Leste with a special celebration, including dance and musical performances, a food and art fair, and special tributes by local and international dignitaries, including the Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste and the Commander for Community-Oriented Policing of the National Police… Read more

Aerial view of Dili, with Asia Foundation 25 years logo. 

The Asia Foundation – 25 Years in Timor-Leste

June 13, 2017

The Asia Foundation celebrates 25 years of dedicated work in Timor-Leste. Since 1992, the Foundation has worked alongside partners in the government, civil society, media, academia, and community groups to achieve the ambitious goals of this great country.


Timor-Leste Elections 2017: More of the Same?

March 15, 2017


Politics in Timor-Leste is always engaging and colorful, and the lead-up to the 2017 presidential election on March 20 is no exception. With campaigning in full swing, the Timorese variety of consensus politics is on full display. It is a common site these days to see campaign event-bound trucks loaded with supporters of two former opposition parti… Read more


The Power of the Political Voice: Women as Voters, Candidates and Activists

San Francisco, Wednesday, March 22, 2017


6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Registration begins at 6:00 pm World Affairs Auditorium 312 Sutter Street, Suite 200 San Francisco, CA A new spirit of advocacy to elevate women’s political voice—as voters, candidates, and leaders—is being felt worldwide, and especially so across Asia. With a number of elections taking place in 2017 in the region, women’s leaders… Read more

Tourism in Timor 

Timor-Leste’s Non-Oil Economy Must Look to Tourism

June 22, 2016


“From its ruggedly beautiful landscapes to its centuries-old traditions, Timor-Leste offers one of the world’s last great off-the-beaten-track adventures,” begins Lonely Planet’s description of Asia’s youngest country, which fought to gain independence from Indonesia 14 years ago. The description is indisputable, but so too are the Southeast Asian… Read more


Timor 2.0: Reinventing a Republic through Resignations, Reshuffles, and Resilience

February 18, 2015


While Japanese prime ministers in recent history have done so with unusual regularity, to voluntarily relinquish the post of prime minister anywhere in the world remains an unusual transition strategy. Yet, this is precisely what occurred in Timor-Leste…


Firing of Foreign Judges in Timor-Leste Threatens Justice System

October 29, 2014


In a dramatic challenge to the principles of democracy, on Friday night, the parliament of Timor-Leste decided in a closed session to fire all foreign judges and advisers in its justice system. The National Parliament passed Resolution No. 11/2014, calling on the government to audit the justice sector…


Draft Media Bill Threatens Press Freedom in Timor-Leste

March 19, 2014


Google “newest democracy” and you are likely to find the young island nation of Timor-Leste among the top hits. Do the same for “media censorship,” however, and the top results are of nations not exactly known for promoting democratic values such as Russia and China. However, right now, Timor-Leste’s national parliament…