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Damien Kingsbury

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Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

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India and China sabre-ratting over Bhutan

India and China sabre-ratting over Bhutan

Professor Damien KingsburyAug 2, 20174 Comments

China and India both want to assert their dominance in Bhutan. And the dispute could end in bloodshed.

Which parties will form a governing coalition in East Timor?

Which parties will form a governing coalition in East Timor?

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 24, 20172 Comments

The surprise outcome of the elections was the rise of Khunto, which looks to have taken five seats.

East Timor's democracy is flourishing, but economic hard times will test its resolve

East Timor's democracy is flourishing, but economic hard times will test its resolve

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 21, 20173 Comments

To suggest that East Timor's democracy is "consolidated" or somehow a permanent feature of the political landscape might reflect a blinkered understanding of what it takes to retain a viable democracy.

Jokowi's new decree is only partly about curbing Islamist groups

Jokowi's new decree is only partly about curbing Islamist groups

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 14, 20173 Comments

Yes, Joko Widodo's decree against hardline Islamic groups is about stamping out terror-linked organisations. But it's also about saving his own political arse.

Trump's Russia scandal could end in someone going to jail for sedition

Trump's Russia scandal could end in someone going to jail for sedition

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 12, 20177 Comments

Though that's a long way off.

On the anniversary of an activist's murder, Cambodia prepares for a showdown

On the anniversary of an activist's murder, Cambodia prepares for a showdown

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 10, 20171 Comment

Can Hun Sen finally be ousted from Cambodia?

This is how the world ends: not with a whimper but with the bang of a North Korean nuclear warhead

This is how the world ends: not with a whimper but with the bang of a North Korean nuclear warhead

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 5, 201712 Comments

The concern now is that North Korea is using its missile and nuclear development program to pressure its neighbors into favorable strategic and economic concessions.

The Middle East is a mess, but it's not about to collapse into war

The Middle East is a mess, but it's not about to collapse into war

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 3, 201710 Comments

Should we worry about Syria? Islamic State? Qatar? Saudi Arabia? Yes, but that does not mean total war is imminent.

After Islamic State is run out of Mosul, what then?

After Islamic State is run out of Mosul, what then?

Professor Damien KingsburyJun 21, 20173 Comments

Islamic State will almost certainly lose control of Raqqa. But that will not make the Middle East any less complicated.

There is no Australian terrorism ‘crisis’ and involving the military is dangerous

There is no Australian terrorism ‘crisis’ and involving the military is dangerous

Professor Damien KingsburyMay 29, 20174 Comments

Once a military has been involved in domestic politics, they have a demonstrated tendency to repeat such involvement. And that often ends badly.