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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.