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Damien Kingsbury

International affairs commentator

Damien Kingsbury — International affairs commentator

International affairs commentator

Now the real game begins between the US and North Korea

Now the real game begins between the US and North Korea

The flag-waving of the Trump-Kim summit may suggest the fateful proposition of peace in our time, but the list of unknowns is too great to bank on any one outcome.

What would success look like for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un?

What would success look like for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un?

The hard work of the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is already complete; now we just wait to see if the two play nicely.

Stakes getting higher for the on-off-on US North Korea summit

Stakes getting higher for the on-off-on US North Korea summit

The meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un is going to be the most important will-they-won't-they in recent memory.

Iran proves that Trump can't recognise a good deal

Iran proves that Trump can't recognise a good deal

Donald Trump may have fulfilled his election promise to quit the Iran deal, but he certainly wasn't doing so to get out of a "bad deal".

East Timor's latest election shows a democracy maturing

East Timor's latest election shows a democracy maturing

East Timor is in for another change of government after the weekend's election. What will it mean for the nation's fragile democracy?

Trump’s ‘dumb luck’ decision-making may not last

Trump’s ‘dumb luck’ decision-making may not last

Just when naysayers were starting to rethink Donald Trump's brinkmanship, he drives the US right over the edge. Does pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal prove it was all dumb luck?

How dictatorships still thrive around the world in 2018

How dictatorships still thrive around the world in 2018

From Equatorial Guinea to Uzbekistan, dictatorships are still alive and kicking. And with China leaning full tilt in that direction, don't expect them to go anywhere soon.

How Trump's historic talks with Kim Jong-un might play out

How Trump's historic talks with Kim Jong-un might play out

We know any meeting will be eventful, but what exactly is on the agenda, and what's the likelihood of any real progress?

Religious violence escalates in Sri Lanka

Religious violence escalates in Sri Lanka

An escalation in violence is being expected between Sri Lanka's Buddhists and its Muslim minority. For some, echoes of the civil war are unavoidable.

Timor Sea agreement does not end Timor Sea dispute

Timor Sea agreement does not end Timor Sea dispute

The Timor Sea agreement is hardly cause for celebration when the core of the struggle remains unsolved.