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Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator


India and China sabre-ratting over Bhutan

August 2, 2017 4 Comments

China and India both want to assert their dominance in Bhutan. And the dispute could end in bloodshed.

Which parties will form a governing coalition in East Timor?

July 24, 2017 2 Comments

The surprise outcome of the elections was the rise of Khunto, which looks to have taken five seats.

East Timor’s democracy is flourishing, but economic hard times will test its resolve

July 21, 2017 3 Comments

To suggest that East Timor's democracy is "consolidated" or somehow a permanent feature of the political landscape might reflect a blinkered understanding of what it takes to retain a viable democracy.

Jokowi’s new decree is only partly about curbing Islamist groups

July 14, 2017 3 Comments

Yes, Joko Widodo's decree against hardline Islamic groups is about stamping out terror-linked organisations. But it's also about saving his own political arse.

Trump’s Russia scandal could end in someone going to jail for sedition

July 12, 2017 7 Comments

Though that's a long way off.

On the anniversary of an activist’s murder, Cambodia prepares for a showdown

July 10, 2017 1 Comment

Can Hun Sen finally be ousted from Cambodia?

This is how the world ends: not with a whimper but with the bang of a North Korean nuclear warhead

July 5, 2017 12 Comments

The concern now is that North Korea is using its missile and nuclear development program to pressure its neighbors into favorable strategic and economic concessions.

The Middle East is a mess, but it’s not about to collapse into war

July 3, 2017 10 Comments

Should we worry about Syria? Islamic State? Qatar? Saudi Arabia? Yes, but that does not mean total war is imminent.

After Islamic State is run out of Mosul, what then?

June 21, 2017 3 Comments

Islamic State will almost certainly lose control of Raqqa. But that will not make the Middle East any less complicated.

There is no Australian terrorism ‘crisis’ and involving the military is dangerous

May 29, 2017 4 Comments

Once a military has been involved in domestic politics, they have a demonstrated tendency to repeat such involvement. And that often ends badly.