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Damien Kingsbury

International affairs commentator

Damien Kingsbury — International affairs commentator

International affairs commentator

Why Western bluster over Khashoggi will go nowhere

Why Western bluster over Khashoggi will go nowhere

Donald Trump and the West may raise their voices about Saudi Arabia over the presumed killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but will it lead to real action?

There's a real chance of peace between North and South Korea, if the US allows it

There's a real chance of peace between North and South Korea, if the US allows it

The prospect of a long-term peaceful outcome between North and South Korea is increasingly likely, but only if the US can play ball.

Rough seas ahead for the Pacific Islands Forum

Rough seas ahead for the Pacific Islands Forum

Tension around China's spread in the Pacific was clear at this year's forum, but not even that could distract from Australia's climate change and refugee controversies.

Can Scott Morrison make a friend in Indonesia?

Can Scott Morrison make a friend in Indonesia?

Scott Morrison's visit to Jakarta was hailed as a success, but time will tell if Indonesia will entertain a full alliance with Australia.

How our changing world is producing political turmoil in Canberra

How our changing world is producing political turmoil in Canberra

Politicians, here, in Europe and the US, adrift from the old value systems, now appear to stand for little but their own aggrandisement.

Proposed Afghanistan ceasefire is a further sign of Kabul's weakness

Proposed Afghanistan ceasefire is a further sign of Kabul's weakness

There's no end in sight for the War in Afghanistan, though a proposed ceasefire suggests that cracks in the government are continuing to deepen.

Australian policy condemns deported Tamil asylum seeker

Australian policy condemns deported Tamil asylum seeker

Thileepan Gnaneswaran has been permanently separated from his family, as Australia continues to operate under flawed logic on Tamil refugees.

Is this the beginning of the end of the Syrian civil war?

Is this the beginning of the end of the Syrian civil war?

Daraa, the birthplace of the Syrian uprising, has been surrendered to government forces. The bloodshed is far from over, but this is a notable sign the tide is slowly turning.

Mexico's populist victory driven by crime and compensation

Mexico's populist victory driven by crime and compensation

The landslide election of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is less an endorsement of policies as a repudiation of decades of violence and corruption.

Erdogan's election marks huge shift for Turkey and the West

Erdogan's election marks huge shift for Turkey and the West

With Turkey increasingly slipping into autocratic rule, what remains of its relationships with alliance partners and what can we expect going forward?