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Damien Kingsbury

Damien Kingsbury —

Crikey international affairs commentator

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.

Korea talks are just one step on the long and treacherous road to peace

Korea talks are just one step on the long and treacherous road to peace

North and South Korea will sit down to discuss participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics amid some of the highest tensions in recent memory. But will the gesture be enough?

Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces 'coup'

Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces 'coup'

The prime minister of East Timor is refusing to allow parliament to reconvene because he will face a vote of no confidence. What next?

Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

The killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was consolidating power in the capital Sana'a, will see the horror in Yemen return to a stalemate.

White paper exposes the failure of Australia's foreign policy

White paper exposes the failure of Australia's foreign policy

The recently released foreign policy white paper is an unusual mix of diagnostic science and conservative reluctance to name the diagnosis.

A brief history of Mugabe, Zimbabwe's fallen dictator

A brief history of Mugabe, Zimbabwe's fallen dictator

The Zimbabwean coup was triggered by army commander General Constantine Chiwenga threatening on Monday to "step in" to calm recent political tensions.

Cambodia cancels democracy

Cambodia cancels democracy

With the outlawing of its main opposition party, Cambodia's slide back towards totalitarian state is almost complete