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Damien Kingsbury

Damien Kingsbury —

Crikey international affairs commentator

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.

Strange bedfellows as Syrian government moves to support US-backed fighters

Strange bedfellows as Syrian government moves to support US-backed fighters

The Syrian government has pivoted towards helping US-supported Kurdish forces in their fight against a Turkish invasion in Northern Syria, further muddling the region's complex web of alliances.

Indonesian military sensitivity sends BBC journalist packing from Papua

Indonesian military sensitivity sends BBC journalist packing from Papua

West Papua has shown once again that freedom of speech is only for those who follow the rules.

Afghanistan is no closer to peace, despite what the US claims

Afghanistan is no closer to peace, despite what the US claims

16 years on and despite peace talks, the corrupt Kabul government is still on the back-foot in its war with the Taliban.

Turkey sets the stage for its invasion of Kurdish Syria

Turkey sets the stage for its invasion of Kurdish Syria

The long-anticipated Turkish invasion of Kurdistan is looking like it will soon be a reality, set to mark a new relationship with the US, which has been backing Kurdish fighters for years. And that's not the only aftershock the region will feel, writes Professor Damien Kingsbury.

Razak's Malaysia might be crazier than Trump's America right now

Razak's Malaysia might be crazier than Trump's America right now

With all the attention on Trump, people don't seem to have noticed the utterly bizarre political political narrative unfolding in Malaysia right now.