Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator


How Trump’s historic talks with Kim Jong-un might play out

March 12, 2018 8

We know any meeting will be eventful, but what exactly is on the agenda, and what's the likelihood of any real progress?

Religious violence escalates in Sri Lanka

March 9, 2018 2

An escalation in violence is being expected between Sri Lanka's Buddhists and its Muslim minority. For some, echoes of the civil war are unavoidable.

Timor Sea agreement does not end Timor Sea dispute

March 7, 2018 2

The Timor Sea agreement is hardly cause for celebration when the core of the struggle remains unsolved.

Strange bedfellows as Syrian government moves to support US-backed fighters

February 20, 2018 1

The Syrian government has pivoted towards helping US-supported Kurdish forces in their fight against a Turkish invasion in Northern Syria, further muddling the region's complex web of alliances.

Israel ushers in a dangerous new era with attacks on Iran

February 13, 2018 5

This is about much more than a downed jet.

Indonesian military sensitivity sends BBC journalist packing from Papua

February 5, 2018 3

West Papua has shown once again that freedom of speech is only for those who follow the rules.

Afghanistan is no closer to peace, despite what the US claims

January 29, 2018 9

16 years on and despite peace talks, the corrupt Kabul government is still on the back-foot in its war with the Taliban.

Turkey sets the stage for its invasion of Kurdish Syria

January 18, 2018 6

The long-anticipated Turkish invasion of Kurdistan is looking like it will soon be a reality, set to mark a new relationship with the US, which has been backing Kurdish fighters for years. And that's not the only aftershock the region will feel, writes Professor Damien Kingsbury.

Razak’s Malaysia might be crazier than Trump’s America right now

January 10, 2018 6

With all the attention on Trump, people don't seem to have noticed the utterly bizarre political political narrative unfolding in Malaysia right now.

Korea talks are just one step on the long and treacherous road to peace

January 9, 2018 3

North and South Korea will sit down to discuss participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics amid some of the highest tensions in recent memory. But will the gesture be enough?