Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator


Report on Sri Lanka war crimes exonerates SL government

December 21, 2011 1

The Sri Lankan government of Mahinda Rajapaksa has worked out how to get away with murder.

Gillard adds ‘ballast’ to shore up Indon relationship

November 21, 2011 4

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is continuing at its all-time high following the conclusion of the East Asia Summit in Bali.

Death of Gaddafi: winning the war, but what about the peace?

October 24, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi’s death brings to a close the war for liberation that has wracked Libya for much of this year, but pushes to the forefront a host of new issues.

Dark forces still at work in Aceh, Indonesia

September 14, 2011 1

In a couple of weeks, Aceh will hold its second gubernatorial elections since the 2005 peace agreement that ended almost three decades of separatist war.

Kingsbury: East Timor and Indonesia are odd bedfellows

August 30, 2011

The announcement by East Timor’s prime minister, Xanana Gusmao, that his country will begin military to military links with Indonesia has caused widespread surprise.

My enemy’s enemy is my friend: fragile US-Pakistani relations

May 23, 2011 2

Pakistan needs to retain a strong alliance with Afghanistan, no matter who is in power, more than it needs the US.

Spy versus spy … when even the closest allies have secrets

May 5, 2011 5

The world of intelligence is, by definition, shrouded in secrecy, so that often what we know is limited or partial and the rest is, hopefully, what makes sense based on a longer-term picture of events.

East Timor solution dying the death of a thousand cuts

East Timor solution dying the death of a thousand cuts

March 30, 2011 6

East Timor asylum seeker solution has not yet been killed outright, but only an unreconstructed optimist would now suggest its fate is other than sealed.

Lies, damned lies and human development indicators

March 9, 2011

The line attributed by Mark Twain to British PM Benjamin Disraeli that there are "lies, damned lies and statistics" might be held to be true when assessing the value of indicators.

It’s official: Australia is the No.1 place to be

March 4, 2011 9

While nobody was noticing, late last year Australia pipped Norway to achieve the highest standard of living in the world.