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Damien Kingsbury

International affairs commentator

Damien Kingsbury — International affairs commentator

International affairs commentator

East Timor's calm ahead of presidential elections

East Timor's calm ahead of presidential elections

The presidential election, the first of two scheduled rounds, is to elect East Timor’s largely ceremonial president.

Burma, the outcast, on the long road to reform

Burma, the outcast, on the long road to reform

The Burmese military-derived government has released hundreds of political prisoners, signed a ceasefire with the country’s largest ethnic rebel group and allowed the opposition National League for Democracy to re-form.

Ibrahim, not guilty, could shake up Malaysian politics

Ibrahim, not guilty, could shake up Malaysian politics

The handing down of a "not guilty" verdict on sodomy charges against Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim indicates a tectonic shift in Malaysian politics.

Report on Sri Lanka war crimes exonerates SL government

Report on Sri Lanka war crimes exonerates SL government

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

Gillard adds 'ballast' to shore up Indon relationship

Gillard adds 'ballast' to shore up Indon relationship

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?

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

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

Dark forces still at work in Aceh, Indonesia

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

Kingsbury: East Timor and Indonesia are odd bedfellows

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

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

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

Spy versus spy ... when even the closest allies have secrets

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.