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Damien Kingsbury

Damien Kingsbury —

Crikey international affairs commentator

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?

Now the real game begins between the US and North Korea

Now the real game begins between the US and North Korea

The flag-waving of the Trump-Kim summit may suggest the fateful proposition of peace in our time, but the list of unknowns is too great to bank on any one outcome.

What would success look like for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un?

What would success look like for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un?

The hard work of the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is already complete; now we just wait to see if the two play nicely.

Stakes getting higher for the on-off-on US North Korea summit

Stakes getting higher for the on-off-on US North Korea summit

The meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un is going to be the most important will-they-won't-they in recent memory.

Iran proves that Trump can't recognise a good deal

Iran proves that Trump can't recognise a good deal

Donald Trump may have fulfilled his election promise to quit the Iran deal, but he certainly wasn't doing so to get out of a "bad deal".

East Timor's latest election shows a democracy maturing

East Timor's latest election shows a democracy maturing

East Timor is in for another change of government after the weekend's election. What will it mean for the nation's fragile democracy?

Trump’s ‘dumb luck’ decision-making may not last

Trump’s ‘dumb luck’ decision-making may not last

Just when naysayers were starting to rethink Donald Trump's brinkmanship, he drives the US right over the edge. Does pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal prove it was all dumb luck?