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Damien Kingsbury

Damien Kingsbury —

Crikey international affairs commentator

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.

East Timor solution dying the death of a thousand cuts

East Timor solution dying the death of a thousand cuts

East Timor asylum seeker solution has not yet been killed outright, but only an unreconstructed optimist would now suggest its fate is other than sealed.

Lies, damned lies and human development indicators

Lies, damned lies and human development indicators

The line attributed by Mark Twain to British PM Benjamin Disraeli that there are "lies, damned lies and statistics" might be held to be true when assessing the value of indicators.

It's official: Australia is the No.1 place to be

It's official: Australia is the No.1 place to be

While nobody was noticing, late last year Australia pipped Norway to achieve the highest standard of living in the world.

If Gaddafi survives, expect an external ‘intervention’

If Gaddafi survives, expect an external ‘intervention’

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

Hey Tony, funding Indonesian schools works

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

Burma rebrands: a dictatorship, without the uniforms

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

Rudd’s East Timor challenge

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?