Post-conflict East Timor: will it now survive the 'resource curse'? | Asia Pacific

Post-conflict East Timor: will it now survive the 'resource curse'?

Post-conflict East Timor: will it now survive the 'resource curse'?

Updated 26 August 2013, 13:27 AEST

Rich natural resources that translate into wealth may well be a curse if not harnessed properly.

That's a lesson learnt the hard way by many resource-rich developing nations, and one that East Timor may acutely aware of.

Over a decade after independence, a new book 'Beloved Land' has detailed the struggles and stories of this young but remarkable nation.

The book's been described as a 'love letter' to East Timor.

Presenter: Sen Lam

Speaker: Gordon Peake, author and visiting fellow, Melanesia program, Australian National University. His book, 'Beloved Land - Stories, struggles and secrets from Timor-Leste' is published by Scribe

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