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Articles by Professor Damien Kingsbury

My life on the black list: Indonesia’s tight grip on visas continues

Crikey’s international affairs commentator has been banned from travelling to Indonesia — again. The government is still nervous about the work of academics and reporters.

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Afghanistan’s second election: not exactly democratic consolidation

Afghanistan went to the polls with minimal violence. But it was hardly a triumph in democracy. Irregularities were many, and the Taliban sits in wait for the main presidential run-off.

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The new tri-polar world: why Russia can do whatever it likes

The United States is effectively powerless in the empire-building of Russia. There’s three sherifs in the world right now, and America might not even be the most influential.

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A sclerotic Malaysian government stumbles in MH370 crisis

After a 50-year-long easy run, the Malaysian government has been subjected to an inquisition over its handling of the search for missing flight MH370. It has not performed well.

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Crimea vote: Russia’s big win, but what now for Ukraine?

The people of Crimea have, overwhelmingly and expectedly, voted to throw their lot in with Russia. But there were a litany of problems in a referendum that was technically unconstitutional.

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Cornered, the Russian bear likely to show its teeth in region

Russia’s increasing aggression in the Ukraine is a result of its deep-seated fear of outside aggression. Without a pliant Ukraine, Russia may take more drastic measures.

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Age of empires: Ukraine high-stakes chess game against Russian grandmaster

Russia and Ukraine are on the brink of war, but few in the West have any concept of Russia’s end game. The Russians saw this coming and are strategically placed for any eventuality.

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The president is gone, but Ukraine’s democracy hopes in tatters

Don’t think that Ukraine’s social unrest will usher in a golden era of social democracy. Unfortunately for the former Eastern bloc state, its future is likely to be more of the same.

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We talk with Indonesia every day — but is anyone listening?

Indonesian feathers have been ruffled by Australia’s policy of sending back asylum seekers. Julie Bishop says our relationship with Indonesia is fine, but no one on the Indonesian side seems to agree.

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Schapelle slips the system, but faces a world of attention

Schapelle Corby is likely to be free within the next few days,but although her surrounds will be more comfortable, she will be under more scrutiny than ever.

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Australia’s big asylum seeker policy hole

Any plans for a regional solution to asylum seeker migration is in tatters because of his Australia’s approach to Indonesia. We’re in a policy hole, and we just keep digging.

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How South Sudan fell apart so quickly — and how it might be saved

South Sudan has been in a vulnerable position since its independence in 2011, and there is no clear end in sight to the sectarian violence. How does the fledgling nation move forward?

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Requiem for Ronald Biggs, Great Train Robber, punk associate

Remembering Ronald Biggs, criminal, prison escapee, temporary Australian and man of the world. A reporter who covered his legal case in Barbados looks back on the infamous journey.

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In Timor-Leste, it’s spies like us … or like them, anyway

Will Australia have to give up more of the Timor Sea after being caught spying on Timor-Leste? Our foreign affairs expert visits the fledgling nation to gauge reaction to the spying revelations.

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Indonesian lessons for choppy East Timor waters

The new government is not off on the right foot in foreign policy terms, with the Indonesian spying scandal dominating headlines. But a bigger problem looms: East Timor.

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Thailand on the brink of military intervention — again

Why is there so much civil unrest in Thailand? And what makes this protest different? Crikey’s international affairs experts explains the background and forecasts more bloodshed.

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Burma backgrounder: it is not a democracy (yet)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is in Australia not just to thank those who have supported her. She’s heading up a strategic, concrete push to bring democracy to Myanmar via constitutional reform.

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Abbott, that ‘coarse’ diplomat, is in an Indonesian pickle

It is becoming increasingly clear is that Australia’s close relationship to Indonesia, developed especially since Yudhoyono has been in office and at its strongest just a couple of months ago, may remain in reverse for a lot longer to come.

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What Abbott must do to fix the Indonesian relationship

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is about the worst it’s ever been. Tony Abbott must act quickly and contritely to avoid long-lasting damage.

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Australia fails to act on latest spying revelations

Australian representatives need to publicly apologise for surveillance activities in Indonesia, if there’s to be any chance of salvaging the relationship between the two countries.

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East Timor’s fragile stability under threat with PM retiring

East Timor’s Prime Minister has announced his intention to retire from politics. Is the former resistance fighter abandoning his country when it needs him the most?

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Sri Lankan human rights concerns derailing Commonwealth summit

Sri Lanka hoped that hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting would showcase its development since the Tamil war. But it hasn’t quite worked out that way.

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With Indonesia, the relationship is going from bad to worse

Relations between Australia and Indonesia have reached a nadir. And it’s entirely the fault of Australian policy. The government’s turn-back-the-boats policy is now in tatters.

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We’ve always spied on Indonesia — and they’ve spied on us too

There has been much hand-wringing over the revelations that Australia is spying on Indonesia. The only real surprise, however, is the feigned outrage.

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Speak softly and don’t stuff up: Bob Carr’s legacy

As former foreign minister Bob Carr resigns from the Senate, we take a look at what he brought to the job.

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