About Damien Kingsbury

Damien Kingsbury is Professor of International Politics at Deakin University and author of Politics in Contemporary Southeast Asia: Authority, Democracy and Political Change 2016, Routledge, London.

Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste opts for stability over anticorruption in presidential choice

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Last week’s presidential elections, which saw Fretilin’s Francisco ‘Lu-Olo’ Guterres elected president, have set the battleground for parliamentary elections later this year, writes Damien Kingsbury In a red jacket tightly zipped against the ‘cool’ of the morning, Alberto da Silva stood on a rise above the village of Leohitu last week, surveying voters lined up […]

Myanmar

Why Suu Kyi fiddles while Rohingya homes burn

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As persecution of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingyas accelerates, questions are being asked about why democracy icon and Nobel peace prizewinner Aung San Suu Kyi does not act to stop the violence, writes Damien Kingsbury. As 2017 begins to unfold, the persecution of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingyas has accelerated. Since the beginning of the year, the UN says […]

The Philippines

Tough guy wins in the Philippines, another tough guy waiting in the wings

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There may be more to the Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte than his tough guy image indicates In the populist theatrics that are Filipino politics, the overwhelming election of Rodrigo Duterte should not have come as a surprise, even if comparisons with US ‘outsider’ Donald Trump have been as common as they are inaccurate. Unlike […]

The Philippines

Bongbong makes a move

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The son of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has set his sights on the country’s second-highest office in the coming elections It is perhaps a little unfair to say that only in the Philippines would the people consider electing a politician known by the otherwise clownish name of ‘Bongbong’. But equally, and arguably more fairly, […]

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka opts for normality with Rajapaksa ousting

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DAMIEN KINGSBURY analyses the surprise election of Maithripala Sirisena as president last month and sees it as reflecting a desire for a more open, less authoritarian political process. The recent election in Sri Lanka of the new president, Maithripala Sirisena, has surprised many who thought that ousted Mahinda Rajapaksa would remain in office more or […]

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan government unmoved by UN report on human rights abuses

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With backing from powerful friends, Sri Lanka remains immune to international concern over its human rights record. Damien Kingsbury reports. A certain predictability has developed in the public exchange on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. In keeping with this predictability, the recent UN Human Rights Commission report on Sri Lanka’s continuing serious human […]