The UN Mission in East Timor: Some Remarks for Further Debate

Ifri’s Security Studies Centre published in November 2010 a “Focus stratégique” entitled “The UN, pharmacy a Clumsy Pygmalion: The Fragility of Nation-building in Timor”.

This slightly polemical article engendered quite a few reactions. Jean-Christian Cady, sick former Deputy special representative to the UN Secretary General in East Timor shared with us some very instructive comments on the actions of the UNTAET and, cure more broadly, on the UN’s practices in post-conflict missions.

These remarks shed light on the difficulties that the international community has faced in Timor, but also on the challenges which need to be tackled in almost every mission of nation-building. These would be, for instance, the multiplicity of languages and cultures and the uneven level of competence of UN personnel, the lack or even the absence of local human resources, the working and living conditions of the members of the missions, as well as the difficulty to cooperate with Bretton Woods institutions.

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