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.


The Asia Foundation hosts 2017 National Development Forum on Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism Development in Timor-Leste

Dili, June 12, 2017


The Asia Foundation hosted the 2017 National Development Forum Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism Development in Timor-Leste today at Agora Food Studio in Dili. The event attracted 60 representatives from the government, industry and development partners who identified opportunities and challenges of building Timor-Leste tourism sector and agreed up… Read more

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

The Asia Foundation Marks 25 Years in Timor-Leste

Dili, June 9, 2017


The Asia Foundation today celebrates 25 years of dedicated work in Timor-Leste. Since 1992, the Foundation has worked alongside partners in government, civil society, media, academia, and community groups to achieve the ambitious goals of the country. With generous support from our donors including the governments of Australia, the United States, N… Read more


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

Timor-Leste Country Representative Susan Marx 

Channel NewsAsia: The burden of being young in Timor-Leste

December 12, 2016

Media Coverage

Channel NewsAsia features an interview with The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Timor-Leste Susan Marx: There is also not enough “awareness of the importance of a balanced diet, particularly protein,” says Susan Marx, country representative of The Asia Foundation. “It’s not as simple as ‘people are poor and therefore they don’t eat well… Read more


New Report Reveals Improved Citizen Perceptions of Security, Safety, and Police in Timor-Leste

Dili, June 30, 2016


A new report launched today, “A Survey of Community-Police Perceptions in Timor-Leste 2015,” shows increases in citizens’ feelings of safety and security, and perceptions of the visibility, involvement, and professionalism of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL). However, the nation-wide survey also points to some areas where continued work is… 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


BBC News: A brighter future: Can tourism help rebuild East Timor?

June 14, 2016

Media Coverage

BBC News interviews The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Timor-Leste Susan Marx on tourism in the country: “This young country is still finding its story and it’s important that that story is one that is constantly changing and developing as the nation develops and grows,” says Susan Marx, the Asia Foundation’s country representative. “S… Read more


Huffington Post: Violence Against Women, Gender Inequality, and Histories of Conflict in Timor-Leste

June 6, 2016

Media Coverage

Huffington Post interviews The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Timor-Leste on the Foundation’s Understanding Violence against and Women Children in Timor-Leste: Findings from the Nabilan Baseline Study: To us, this research was crucial as part of our larger program aimed at ending violence against women and children in Timor-Leste (Nabi… Read more


The Asia Foundation Holds TV Discussion on Political Economy of Public Transportation in Timor-Leste

Dili, February 2, 2016


The Asia Foundation’s Australian-funded Support for Good Public Policy Program (SGPP) in Timor-Leste recently organized a televised discussion on public transport in Dili, as a follow up to the Foundation’s research on the political economy of public transport in Timor-Leste which was launched in December, 2015. The discussion was held to socialize… 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…


The Sydney Morning Herald Quotes Susan Marx on New Government in Timor-Leste

February 13, 2015

Media Coverage

The Sydney Morning Herald features insights from The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Timor-Leste Susan Marx on the transition and hopes for the new government in the country. This was picked up by over 100 outlets including: The Daily Advertiser, The Advocate, and The Observer. Read more: “As Xanana Gusamo departs, Timor must prepare fo… Read more


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…


The Silent Crisis in Timor-Leste’s Development Trajectory

September 4, 2013


As International Literacy Day approaches, the matter of literacy remains an enormous challenge around the world, including in Asia’s youngest nation, Timor-Leste. Amid the competing development agendas for this democratizing, fast-developing, and oil-rich nation, education, and literacy in particular, too often falls by the wayside.


ASEAN Regional Forum Deploys First Election Observation Mission to Timor-Leste

July 25, 2012


Nearly 19 years after the establishment of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) at the 26th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Singapore in July 1993, the ARF just embarked on its first concrete elections mission, to observe the July 7 parliamentary elections in Timor-Leste.


Pedaling for Peace in Timor

September 15, 2010


For the past few months, the capital of Timor-Leste, Dili, and indeed many parts of the rest of the tiny island nation, have experienced an increase in a particular kind of traffic. For the second-time, avid mountain bikers took to the streets in preparation for the 500-kilometer “Tour de Timor” mountain biking event from September 13-17. That the… Read more


The Asia Foundation Appoints Susan Marx as Deputy Country Representative in Timor-Leste

San Francisco and Dili, May 5, 2010


The Asia Foundation announced today it has appointed Susan Marx as its Deputy Country Representative in Timor-Leste. Ms. Marx comes to the Dili office from her post in Afghanistan, where she joined the Foundation in January 2008 as Program Manager for the Access to Justice program and later served as Acting Deputy Country Representative. Prior to j… Read more