Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator


If Gaddafi survives, expect an external ‘intervention’

February 28, 2011 3

There is increasing discussion and hand-wringing about the pros and cons of direct intervention in the carnage that is now Libya. What seems certain is that without a circuit breaker, forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi will continue to wreak havoc on the Libyan people.

Hey Tony, funding Indonesian schools works

February 9, 2011 30

As Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott fight over foreign aid cuts, Crikey examines why his proposal to cut $400 million from Australia's aid budget to Indonesia's schools program is a desperate measure, and one that won't see the light.

Burma rebrands: a dictatorship, without the uniforms

November 8, 2010 17

Saturday's Burmese election was, in reality, just the junta’s mechanism for shifting away from an overt military dictatorship to a slightly more covert form -- dictatorship without so many uniforms.

Rudd’s East Timor challenge

September 13, 2010 93

New Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd will know there won’t be any quick or easy "East Timor solution", and there may not be one at all. So what will he do?

Australian forces remain in Afghanistan. Why no WikiLeaks coverage?

July 28, 2010 6

Australia is a party to the Afghanistan war and sustains -- and causes -- casualties. So why the lack of interest from the local media?

Julia might be ‘going forward’, but East Timor is standing firm

July 13, 2010 4

The vote by East Timor to oppose an Australian off-shore asylum seeker processing centre should not have come as a surprise. Only Labor wants to "move forward" on this one, writes Damien Kingsbury.

Someone forgot to tell East Timor

July 7, 2010 59

The view within Dili on Gillard's border protection proposal, and East Timor's role, was one of surprise -- no one seems to have been forewarned, much less consulted about this proposal.

Rudd and Yudhoyono to dine over the ‘new’ Indonesia

March 9, 2010

As Australia and Indonesia increasingly move down the same political path, the "misunderstandings" are disappearing. The visit to Australia by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono marks an important step.

A confused government’s way forward

November 13, 2009 2

Trying to turn the Howard-era foreign policy sow’s ear into a Rudd government silk purse is doomed to policy failure, writes Damien Kingsbury.

Myopia and forgetfulness the preferred direction on foreign policy

November 12, 2009 2

When the Rudd Labor government was elected two years ago, there were high hopes that it would leave behind the more negative foreign policies of its predecessor Howard coalition government. What we have, though, is a foreign policy shambles.