Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator


East Timor’s latest election shows a democracy maturing

May 14, 2018 1

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

May 10, 2018 8

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?

How dictatorships still thrive around the world in 2018

March 21, 2018 6

From Equatorial Guinea to Uzbekistan, dictatorships are still alive and kicking. And with China leaning full tilt in that direction, don't expect them to go anywhere soon.

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?

Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces ‘coup’

December 12, 2017

The prime minister of East Timor is refusing to allow parliament to reconvene because he will face a vote of no confidence. What next?

Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

December 6, 2017 5

The killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was consolidating power in the capital Sana'a, will see the horror in Yemen return to a stalemate.

White paper exposes the failure of Australia’s foreign policy

November 27, 2017 3

The recently released foreign policy white paper is an unusual mix of diagnostic science and conservative reluctance to name the diagnosis.

A brief history of Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s fallen dictator

November 16, 2017 7

The Zimbabwean coup was triggered by army commander General Constantine Chiwenga threatening on Monday to "step in" to calm recent political tensions.

Cambodia cancels democracy

October 25, 2017 1

With the outlawing of its main opposition party, Cambodia's slide back towards totalitarian state is almost complete

Kurdistan’s five hurdles to independence

October 17, 2017 4

Official independence looks impossible in the short term.

Catalan independence referendum turns violent as police storm voting stations

October 2, 2017 4

With national police raiding and closing dozens of voting booths yesterday, it is clear that the vote will not be recognised by the conservative People’s Party government in Madrid.