Xanana Gusmao to deliver public lecture at ANU

10 March 2015

Former president and prime minister of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmao will discuss the impact of global trends on developing nations and fragile states at a public lecture at the ANU.

Mr Gusmao will deliver the 2015 ST Lee Lecture on Asia and the Pacific on Monday 16 March.

The former resistance fighter was prime minister of his country for seven and a half years until February, when he stepped down to facilitate a generational leadership transition.

He has since held the position of Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment.

He was his country’s first president in 2002, after a 24-year struggle against Indonesian occupation.

He was a central figure in the quest for independence, spending years hiding out in the jungle before he was captured in the capital of Dili in 1992. He remained behind bars in Jakarta until 1999, during which time he continued to lead the struggle to achieve a freedom for his people.

On release he returned to see his dream of an independent Timor-Leste realised.

The ST Lee Lecture on Asia and the Pacific was established in 2007, thanks to the generous support of Singaporean businessman and philanthropist Dr ST Lee.

The lecture provides an opportunity for a distinguished figure from the Asia Pacific to speak on developments or trends in the region.

Mr Gusmao will deliver his lecture, titled Political Transition and National Unity: The Timor-Leste Story, at Llewellyn Hall, School of Music, On 16 March, from 6.30 to 7.30. Register now.