Robert Hathaway is the Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.


The unrest in East Timor occasioned by that territory's referendum on independence speaks volumes about the problem of Indonesia today. Beset by ethnic and economic concerns, the world's fourth largest nation is trying to engineer a transition to democratic government. The importance of their success at this is critical both for Asia and the world community. Robert Hathaway explains what's stake and who the important actors are.