Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator


Cambodia slides back to naked dictatorship

September 8, 2017 2

Arresting the opposition leader on trumped-up charges of treason and closing a dissenting newspaper will cement Hun Sen's grip on power as Cambodia becomes even more autocratic.

Australia continues rich and time-honoured tradition of swindling East Timor

September 4, 2017 2

Australia's treatment of East Timor has always been exploitative. Under the Turnbull government, nothing has changed.

The Donald is wrong — talking is the only way to deal with North Korea

September 1, 2017 11

Wars are always ended by some form of negotiated settlement. That means that, at some point, talking must be the answer.

Ethnic tensions seethe in Myanmar as persecuted Rohingya radicalise

August 30, 2017 11

Myanmar's Rohingya people have long been considered the most persecuted in the world and despite hopes for change with new political leadership it seems the same cruel story is set to play out yet again.

India and China sabre-ratting over Bhutan

August 2, 2017 4

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

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

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

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

Though that's a long way off.

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

July 10, 2017 1

Can Hun Sen finally be ousted from Cambodia?