Slovenia became an independent country on June 25, 1991, and currently it is considered the most advanced among nation states born out of the former Yugoslavia but it still faces many challenges. Since Timor-Leste regained its sovereignty in 2005, it has held reasonably free and fair elections and undergone peaceful transfers of power, but its democratic institutions remain fragile, and disputes among the major personalities dominate political power struggles.
Slovenia became an independent country on June 25, 1991, following a 10-day war and became the member of the United Nations on May 22, 1992. Currently it is considered the most advanced country from what is called “Ex-Yugoslavia.” The ambassador will explain how accomplishments made by Slovenia since its independence and challenges the country faces today.
Timor-Leste regained its political independence on May 20, 2002 and became member of the United Nations on September 22, 2002. Timor-Leste has held reasonably free and fair elections and undergone peaceful transfers of power, but its democratic institutions remain fragile, and disputes among the major personalities from the independence struggle dominate political affairs. The ambassador will explain the outcome of May 12 national assembly elections.
15:00-16:20 Session I
“Slovenia: Accomplishments and Challenges” (30 minutes) H.E. Ms. Simona LESKOVAR, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia
- Mr. Takaaki Mizuno, Professor of the Kanda University of International Relations
- Mr. Satoru Kurosawa, Former JICA Resident Representative of the Balkan Office in Belgrade and Professor, Kyoritsu Women’s University
Questions and Answers
16:20-16:30 Short break
16:30-17:50 Session II
“Timor-Leste: 2018 Parliamentary Elections and Outcome” (30 minutes) H.E. Mr. Filomeno ALEIXO da Cruz, Ambassador of Timor-Leste
- Professor Yoshitaka Hanada, Former Ambassador to Timor-Leste and Professor of Global Security Center, National Defense Academy
- Mr. Ken Inoue, Former Director for Democratic Governance, United Nations Mission for Timor-Leste (UNMIT) and JICA Senior Advisor on Democratic Governance
Questions and Answers
18:00-19:00 Apéritif in the Adjacent Common Room