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Damien Kingsbury

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Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

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To understand the Manchester terror attack, look to Saudi Arabia

To understand the Manchester terror attack, look to Saudi Arabia

Professor Damien KingsburyMay 24, 201716 Comments

The West must understand that the type of unchallenged hegemony it enjoyed for a few brief years following the end of the Cold War was but a brief moment in history and has now ended.

The political power play behind the whipping of gay men in Aceh

The political power play behind the whipping of gay men in Aceh

Professor Damien KingsburyMay 24, 20176 Comments

News that gay men in Indonesia are being whipped by order of the sharia police has shocked the world, but we should look at politics, not religion.

Why cutting foreign aid (again) is such a terrible idea

Why cutting foreign aid (again) is such a terrible idea

Professor Damien KingsburyMay 10, 20172 Comments

Foreign aid is intended not only as a humanitarian gesture but is also to help circumvent potential longer term problems of poor governance, instability and potential for conflict.

How to assuage North Korea and avoid total war

How to assuage North Korea and avoid total war

Professor Damien KingsburyApr 24, 20174 Comments

Yes, tensions are escalating with North Korea. But that does not mean the future is set.

Jakarta elections mark Indonesia’s increasingly conservative turn

Jakarta elections mark Indonesia’s increasingly conservative turn

Professor Damien KingsburyApr 20, 20175 Comments

The campaign against "Ahok" based on sectarian arguments shows that Indonesia is moving in a more conservative Muslim direction.

In asymmetrical diplomacy, Russia holds all the cards

In asymmetrical diplomacy, Russia holds all the cards

Professor Damien KingsburyApr 12, 201712 Comments

Is there a way for Donald Trump to institute regime change in Syria while still saving face?

Dalai Lama's visit to Indian border area provokes an already tense China

Dalai Lama's visit to Indian border area provokes an already tense China

Professor Damien KingsburyApr 5, 2017

This latest move pushes the Tibetan issue more firmly out of the spiritual and into the political sphere.

Francisco 'Lu-Olo' Guterres set to win East Timor's presidential election

Francisco 'Lu-Olo' Guterres set to win East Timor's presidential election

Professor Damien KingsburyMar 22, 20171 Comment

Preliminary polls show the former guerilla fighter seems headed for a resounding victory.

East Timor's democracy put to the test

East Timor's democracy put to the test

Professor Damien KingsburyMar 20, 2017

The real question now is whether East Timor will be able to establish a viable opposition after today's election.

Can the far-right tide marching through Europe be stopped?

Can the far-right tide marching through Europe be stopped?

Professor Damien KingsburyMar 14, 20172 Comments

And will the Netherlands be able to stop Geert Wilders?