East Timor–United States relations
Timor-Leste maintains an embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as a Permanent Mission in New York City at the United Nations. The United States has a large bilateral development assistance program, $20.6 million in 2007, and also contributes funds as a major member of a number of multilateral agencies such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. The U.S. Peace Corps has operated in Timor-Leste since 2002, but it suspended operations in May 2006 due to unrest and instability.
The U.S. embassy in Timor-Leste is located at Praia de Coquieros, Dili. Karen Clark Stanton is the United States Ambassador to East Timor. Mark Anthony White is the USAID Mission Director. Roberto Quiroz is the Political/Economic/Commercial Affairs Officer. Major Ron Sargent is the U.S. Department of Defense Representative.
Political Process Development
USAID began supporting the development of effective democratic electoral and political processes in Timor-Leste in 1999. Between 2001 and 2008, USAID gave $2,215,997 to International Foundation for Electoral Systems(IFES), $3,619,134 to the International Republican Institute(IRI), and $3,728,490 to the National Democratic Institute(NDI). This money supported IFES in developing electoral framework and process, IRI in developing political parties, and NDI on increasing citizen participation and local governance.
- "Executive Summary" and "Background" in ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL PROCESSES pp 1-6
- ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL PROCESSES PROGRAM IN TIMOR-LESTE (PDF) (Report). USAID. February 2008.
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