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Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

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Crikey Clarifier: what is ISIS (or ISIL) and what will it do to the Middle East?

Crikey Clarifier: what is ISIS (or ISIL) and what will it do to the Middle East?

Professor Damien KingsburyJun 18, 20143 Comments

The United States faces quite the dilemma in Iraq: either intervene and become embroiled in another Iraq war, or throw support behind Syria's brutal regime.

Thailand's 'roadmap to democracy' filled with detours and potholes

Thailand's 'roadmap to democracy' filled with detours and potholes

Professor Damien KingsburyJun 2, 20142 Comments

Thailand has promised that it will return to some semblance of democracy -- in 15 months' time. Is the "roadmap to democracy" just a ploy?

Nothing to see here: Thai army cracks down on international media

Nothing to see here: Thai army cracks down on international media

Professor Damien KingsburyMay 30, 20142 Comments

Just a handful of hacks are holding up the bar at Bangkok's foreign press club as the junta cracks down on international broadcast media and calls in local journalists for questioning

Indonesia's 'Obama' chooses Biden-like experience in running mate

Indonesia's 'Obama' chooses Biden-like experience in running mate

Professor Damien KingsburyMay 21, 20142 Comments

While Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has been touted as Indonesia's "Obama", his choice of running mate will bring age and experience to the team.

Broken politics, martial law and another coup in Thailand?

Broken politics, martial law and another coup in Thailand?

Professor Damien KingsburyMay 20, 20143 Comments

Protesters want Thailand's interim government to step down and an increased role for the monarchy. The interim government says it will do no such thing and is calling for new elections. And things are coming to a head.

Foreign affairs: savage aid cuts will hurt the poorest in Asia

Foreign affairs: savage aid cuts will hurt the poorest in Asia

Professor Damien KingsburyMay 14, 20143 Comments

Joe Hockey has deeply cut the foreign aid budget, ignoring a commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals. The real losers will be the millions in the Asia-Pacific on the poverty line.

Thailand's new political showdown: Yingluck ousted after 'abuse of power'

Thailand's new political showdown: Yingluck ousted after 'abuse of power'

Professor Damien KingsburyMay 8, 20143 Comments

Yingluck Shinawatra has been kicked out after hasty court proceedings against her. Her supporters are calling it a constitutional coup by forces who want the royal family to have more power in politics -- and those who are sick of the Shinawatras.

An unwilling Ukraine being taught its role in a Slavic tragedy

An unwilling Ukraine being taught its role in a Slavic tragedy

Professor Damien KingsburyMay 6, 201412 Comments

The end game for Russia and President Vladimir Putin is not one that subsumes the Ukraine, but makes it more sympathetic to the Russian cause. It's a deadly game of chess.

Russia won't invade Ukraine -- as long as everyone does what Putin wants

Russia won't invade Ukraine -- as long as everyone does what Putin wants

Professor Damien KingsburyApr 28, 201411 Comments

Russia is still massing troops on Ukraine's border. Most of the posturing is for effect -- but if push comes to shove, Russia will be the one doing the shoving.

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

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

Professor Damien KingsburyApr 23, 20141 Comment

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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