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Damien Kingsbury

International affairs commentator

Damien Kingsbury — International affairs commentator

International affairs commentator

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.

Aceh's bitterly contested, but troubled elections

Aceh's bitterly contested, but troubled elections

Indonesia’s province of Aceh went to the polls yesterday, in what has been a bitterly contested election for the position of governor.

And then there were two: Timor-Leste's presidential run-off

And then there were two: Timor-Leste's presidential run-off

The main commonality between Lu-Olo and Ruak is that they are both "generation of '75" veterans of Timor-Leste’s long guerilla struggle for independence.

East Timor elections free and fair as Ramos-Horta bows out

East Timor elections free and fair as Ramos-Horta bows out

East Timor incumbent president, Jose Ramos-Horta, has failed in his bid for re-election.