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Damien Kingsbury

Damien Kingsbury —

Crikey international affairs commentator

Burma's freedom road: reformists are winning out

Burma's freedom road: reformists are winning out

With fair and free Burmese elections still a longed-for dream, can the Myanmar military be trusted to take the final steps in giving up power?

Gillard takes Pacific shopping list to regional forum

Gillard takes Pacific shopping list to regional forum

Australia is taking a substantial diplomatic shopping list to the Pacific Islands Forum, as the region is briefly catapulted into the limelight.

Has Bob Carr rolled over on Fiji too early?

Has Bob Carr rolled over on Fiji too early?

Australia's rebuilding of diplomatic ties with Fiji has taken some observers by surprise.Has Australia moved too quickly to still have any influence in Fiji’s proposed return to democratisation?

Gusmao victory consolidates democracy in Timor-Leste

Gusmao victory consolidates democracy in Timor-Leste

After changing government in 2007, the people of Timor-Leste have again voted strategically, to focus their vote on the major parties.

Yudhoyono cares about Indo problems, not Aussie ones

Yudhoyono cares about Indo problems, not Aussie ones

For the leader of a country that has an often troubled history of bilateral relations, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's visit to Australia is aimed at addressing domestic concerns and less about assuaging Australia's interests.

Tragedy as farce in battered West Papua

Tragedy as farce in battered West Papua

The Indonesian government’s attempt to initiate dialogue with West Papuan independence activists has declined into farce, following the shooting on June 14 of key West Papuan leader Mako Tabuni.

Death of constitutional government in PNG is looming

Death of constitutional government in PNG is looming

PNG’s democratic process has been critically, perhaps fatally, wounded.

East Timor 10 years on and the two saving graces

East Timor 10 years on and the two saving graces

On Sunday, East Timor will celebrate 10 years of independence. As a nation born from the ashes of destruction, its first decade has been marked by problems and set-backs.

Dog-whistle politics offends Indonesian ears

Dog-whistle politics offends Indonesian ears

What should have been a brief exchange of pleasantries turned into a diplomatic disaster when Julie Bishop outlined the opposition’s policy on "sending back" asylum seeker boats to Indonesia.

GAM versus GAM: Aceh elects the other faction

GAM versus GAM: Aceh elects the other faction

Informal results show that elections in Indonesia’s tsunami-devastated and war-ravaged province of Aceh have dumped the incumbent governor.