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Damien Kingsbury — International affairs commentator

Damien Kingsbury

International affairs commentator

International affairs commentator

This is how the world ends: not with a whimper but with the bang of a North Korean nuclear warhead

This is how the world ends: not with a whimper but with the bang of a North Korean nuclear warhead

The concern now is that North Korea is using its missile and nuclear development program to pressure its neighbors into favorable strategic and economic concessions.

The Middle East is a mess, but it's not about to collapse into war

The Middle East is a mess, but it's not about to collapse into war

Should we worry about Syria? Islamic State? Qatar? Saudi Arabia? Yes, but that does not mean total war is imminent.

After Islamic State is run out of Mosul, what then?

After Islamic State is run out of Mosul, what then?

Islamic State will almost certainly lose control of Raqqa. But that will not make the Middle East any less complicated.

There is no Australian terrorism ‘crisis’ and involving the military is dangerous

There is no Australian terrorism ‘crisis’ and involving the military is dangerous

Once a military has been involved in domestic politics, they have a demonstrated tendency to repeat such involvement. And that often ends badly.

To understand the Manchester terror attack, look to Saudi Arabia

To understand the Manchester terror attack, look to Saudi Arabia

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

The political power play behind the whipping of gay men in Aceh

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

Why cutting foreign aid (again) is such a terrible idea

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

How to assuage North Korea and avoid total war

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