Victor Ashe, the peripatetic former mayor of Knoxville and Ambassador to Poland, is known for his world travels and his frequent flyer points. This month he picks up a boatload traveling to Timor-Leste in a delegation to monitor parliamentary elections.
Timor-Leste is adjacent to Indonesia and is a ten-year-old country of 1.2 million people.
The eight-member delegation and staff will visit all nine provinces on July 7 to monitor the voting and file a report with the Timor-Leste government and the U.S. Embassy. The delegation is sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy, a Reagan-era agency set up to promote democracy around the world.