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ASEAN Resistance to Sovereignty ViolationInterests, Balancing and the Role of the Vanguard State$
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Laura Southgate

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529202205

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529202205.001.0001

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The Indonesian Invasion of East Timor

The Indonesian Invasion of East Timor

(p.25) 2 The Indonesian Invasion of East Timor
ASEAN Resistance to Sovereignty Violation

Laura Southgate

Policy Press

This chapter analyses the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975, providing evidence to show how the Cold War regional environment created a convergence of interests between Indonesia, the ASEAN vanguard state, the United States and Australia with regards to the newly decolonized territory of East Timor. With external and regional power backing, Indonesia was able to invade East Timor without any repercussions from the international community, despite considerable attempts by the United Nations to intervene in Indonesia’s internal affairs to allow the East Timorese an act of self-determination. Indonesian interest convergence with these external powers meant that it was able to resist sovereignty violation at this time.

Keywords:   ASEAN, East Timor, Indonesia, United States, Australia, Sovereignty

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