Joshua Kurlantzick calls If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die, “meticulously researched and powerful”

When I arrived in Dili, capital of the new nation of Timor Leste (East Timor), in early 2006, much of the town still looked like a war had just ended…That Timor had not yet recovered was hardly surprising. Seven years earlier, in 1999, after the former Portuguese colony occupied by Indonesia since 1975 had voted in a referendum for its independence, pro-Indonesia militias razed the tiny half island. The campaign of slaughter would not have been out of place in the Rwandan genocide or the brutal West African wars…Thousands died, 70 percent of Timor’s infrastructure was destroyed, and nearly half the population of East Timor fled their homes and wound up as refugees.

–Joshua Kurlantzick, reviewing “If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die” by Geoffrey Robinson at The Washington Monthly.