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Conversation with Xanana Gusmao

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 - 11 a.m.

Location: Young Building ballroom

Event Type: Pell Center, Public Event

Audience: Public

Contact: Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy
Phone: (401) 341-2927

Join Xanana Gusmao, former president of Timor Leste, for remarks and a candid conversation about the challenges of one of the world's youngest democracies.

Sen. Claiborne Pell invested unprecedented time and energy into ending the military occupation of tiny Timor Leste, helping pave the way for the birth of Asia's youngest democracy. Pell galvanized Rhode Island's Portuguese-speaking communities to join him in pressing for change, even holding a Foreign Relations Committee hearing under the dome of the State House in Providence. All the while, the freedom-fighter Gusmao was imprisoned in Indonesia, communicating secretly with the resistance and inspiring his fellow Timorese as "Timor Leste's Nelson Mandela."