Washington's major limitation towards Russia is not a lack of military leadership, but a lack of moral leadership.
Regions / Timor-Leste
Gareth Evans felt a Responsibility to Protect his checkered record.
The case of Timor-Leste proves once again how petroleum dependency turns out to be a curse rather than a blessing.
Money has been pouring into Timor-Leste, but it has not translated into meaningful development.
Prodded in part by the Bush administration, the UN withdrew from East Timor too early. After several months of violence convulsed the island nation, the UN and the United States now have a second chance to get it right.
Since Indonesias invasion of East Timor in 1975, the U.S. has supplied the Indonesian army with more than $1 billion in arms.