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Damien Kingsbury — International affairs commentator

Damien Kingsbury

International affairs commentator

International affairs commentator

West Papua is in turmoil

West Papua is in turmoil

Last Saturday marked widespread protests across Indonesia by West Papuan students and other activists.

Why Russia is increasing its stakes in eastern Ukraine war

Why Russia is increasing its stakes in eastern Ukraine war

In this war, small gestures are almost as important as military actions.

Constitutional crisis deepens in Sri Lanka

Constitutional crisis deepens in Sri Lanka

A constitutional crisis initiated by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena seems to be worsening ahead of Supreme Court challenges and a January snap election.

Why losing the House could actually help Trump in 2020

Why losing the House could actually help Trump in 2020

If the Democrats go into the 2020 elections complaining about the conduct of the 2016 elections, they don't stand a chance against Trump's populist appeal.

Rise of the right: how populist politicians are taking power

Rise of the right: how populist politicians are taking power

From Europe to Asia, the global resurgence of populist politics is gathering momentum, preying on voters' need for simple answers to complex problems.

The coup you might have missed

The coup you might have missed

Sri Lankan MPs, journalists and NGOs have expressed deep concern for Sri Lanka under a return to rule by a former authoritarian leader.

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.