Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator


To understand the Manchester terror attack, look to Saudi Arabia

May 24, 2017 16

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

May 24, 2017 6

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

May 10, 2017 2

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

April 24, 2017 5

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

Jakarta elections mark Indonesia’s increasingly conservative turn

April 20, 2017 5

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

April 12, 2017 12

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

April 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

March 22, 2017 1

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

East Timor’s democracy put to the test

March 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?

March 14, 2017 2

And will the Netherlands be able to stop Geert Wilders?

Reclaiming Mosul would change everything

February 27, 2017 4

And the Kurds will present an especially difficult problem.

Is East Timor run by a ‘stable’ govt or conspiratorial oligarchy?

January 27, 2017 1

Fears that East Timor could create its own "dominant party" structure have recently intensified.

Oil slick: East Timor wins battle, but Australia could yet win resources war

January 10, 2017 1

The scrapping of the 2006 treaty is a first step towards East Timor securing its economic future. But it will need all future breaks to go its way if it is to avoid economic collapse.

Jokowi hanging by a thread as Indonesian general backs Islamists, rounds on Australia

January 9, 2017 4

General Gatot Nurmantyo has long been suspicious of outside actors and has not trusted Australia since its UN-sanctioned intervention in East Timor in 1999.

Russian ambassador shot dead in Turkey, Syria on a knife edge

December 20, 2016 3

Upon shooting him, Karlov’s assassin cried: "Don’t forget Syria. Don’t forget Aleppo."

Islamic blasphemy trial threatens Indonesian democracy

December 14, 2016 2

A finding of Ahok being guilty of blasphemy would quell the public protest, end his political career and be a travesty of justice.

Myanmar in arrested development, as Rohingya face ‘ethnic cleansing’

November 28, 2016 2

Despite Aung San Suu Kyi's election win, little has changed in Myanmar. For many of the country's minority groups, the situation has only gotten worse.

States to watch on US election night

November 8, 2016 1

Which states are the make or break for each candidate?

Trump or Clinton, we’ve entered a post-truth era, and policy debate is out the window

November 4, 2016 1

This US election has been pure political combat, with little to no discussion of actual policy.

Don’t believe the hype — Clinton still odds-on favourite for the White House

November 3, 2016 4

Recent discussion about voter polling in the US presidential race has often been misleading.