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Damien Kingsbury

International affairs commentator

Damien Kingsbury — International affairs commentator

International affairs commentator

The dangers of regime change as Syria hovers on the brink

The dangers of regime change as Syria hovers on the brink

With Syria's Bashir al-Assad poised for defeat, what will replace his regime? It would be a mistake to blindly back anti-Assad forces with little legitimacy on the ground.

Why Egyptian power grab may not be what it seems

Why Egyptian power grab may not be what it seems

Egypt is being rocked by competing political forces. But to blame President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood entirely misses the domestic nuance of the situation.

Tectonic shift on the two-state solution?

Tectonic shift on the two-state solution?

After a senseless exchange of rockets and shells and now a vote in the UN, the world has seen a tectonic shift in how the Israel-Palestine conflict is viewed.

Egypt leader's power play shows how messy revolutions can be

Egypt leader's power play shows how messy revolutions can be

Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi's move to exempt his edicts from judicial review shows revolutions are very rarely tidy affairs. Genuinely democratic outcomes are only one -- and not their most likely -- outcome.

East Timor left to fend for itself with challenges ahead

East Timor left to fend for itself with challenges ahead

With Australia drawing down troops, the still-fragile nation of East Timor will soon be left to fend for itself. There are plenty of challenges for the country's ageing leadership ahead.

Israel’s Gaza offensive: how will Egypt, Syria and Iran react?

Israel’s Gaza offensive: how will Egypt, Syria and Iran react?

How will the key regional powers react to the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas? Deakin University's Damien Kingsbury examines the options.

Why Tamils still flee war-ravaged Sri Lanka

Why Tamils still flee war-ravaged Sri Lanka

Politics can drive many false claims about refugees, among them the notion that suffering and persecution ends after a war officially concludes.

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?