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Damien Kingsbury

International affairs commentator

Damien Kingsbury — International affairs commentator

International affairs commentator

East Timor's latest election shows a democracy maturing

East Timor's latest election shows a democracy maturing

East Timor is in for another change of government after the weekend's election. What will it mean for the nation's fragile democracy?

Trump’s ‘dumb luck’ decision-making may not last

Trump’s ‘dumb luck’ decision-making may not last

Just when naysayers were starting to rethink Donald Trump's brinkmanship, he drives the US right over the edge. Does pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal prove it was all dumb luck?

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.