Tuesday 27 September 3:00pm
As part of the Watson Distinguished Speaker Series, two Timor-Leste politicians will take part in a discussion titled "The Birth and Development of a New Democracy." More than 15 years ago, Brown University campus activists raised awareness of the movement to end Indonesian occupation and restore democracy to a tiny Southeast Asian country now known as Timor-Leste. Through the support of the international community, the country was midwifed as an independent sovereign nation. Xanana Gusmao, one of the country's founding fathers, and Rui Maria de Araujo, Timor-Leste's prime minister, will discuss the building of a young democracy and achieving long-term sustainability as the country prepares to implement a new strategic plan. The event begins at 3 p.m. in the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.