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Daniel Flitton is senior correspondent for The Age covering foreign affairs and politics. He is a former intelligence analyst for the Australian government and was at one-time a university lecturer specialising in international relations.
Daniel Flitton Tiny Lithuania, with a population less than Melbourne's, is muscling up to the mighty Russian superpower over the war in Ukraine and is happy for Australia's support in the "shirtfront".
Daniel Flitton East Timor's independence hero Xanana Gusmao has revealed he knew Australia was secretly spying in the tiny nation years before hauling Canberra before the international court for espionage.
Daniel Flitton Indonesian diplomats have told a global human rights summit that a moratorium on the death penalty could be reintroduced - just as the country prepares to execute drug criminals, including...
Daniel Flitton China's influence is growing in Australia's backyard, with new research showing Beijing has almost matched the US, Japan and New Zealand as an aid donor to tiny Pacific island nations.
Daniel Flitton Australia has been joined by France and Nigeria in calling for clemency for citizens on death row.
Daniel Flitton East Timor's new PM has signalled he will negotiate "in an honest and friendly way" with Australia over shared ocean oil and gas fields.
Daniel Flitton Tony Abbott has bluntly reminded Indonesia that Australia is more than a mere neighbour, but a friend.
Daniel Flitton The fund set up by billionaire Bill Gates will donate $18 million to fight rampant tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea.
Daniel Flitton Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has hailed a "breakthrough" ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, but does not expect the deal to stymie efforts to bring the MH17 attackers to justice.
Daniel Flitton East Timor's independence hero and former guerrilla fighter Xanana Gusmao has told colleagues he will resign as Prime Minister in the next fortnight.
Daniel Flitton Boko Haram poses a severe threat in Nigeria but more as agents of chaos than a truly alternative regime.
Daniel Flitton "Don't shoot the messenger" holds a grim poignancy after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, but in calmer times these words are usually invoked by journalists as a form of self-protection.
Daniel Flitton The unexpectedly tight contest for Sri Lanka's top job is being carefully monitored by Australian officials, amid concern that a change of government would affect joint action on asylum-seeker boats.
Daniel Flitton Australia has voted against a proposal in the United Nations Security Council demanding Israel end the occupation of Palestinian territories within two years.
Daniel Flitton What is extraordinary about this brutal CIA report into assassination operations is how the spy agency failed to anticipate the devastating cost to US prestige from extrajudicial killing.
Daniel Flitton The Defence Minister in Kiev wears three stars on his shoulder. The Ukrainian army commander fighting rebels in the east has four stars.
Daniel Flitton He has the reputation of a sour Soviet commissar. Vladimir Antyufeev - a former Soviet intelligence officer, wanted for subversion and deadly repression in two of Russia’s neighbours - has...
Daniel Flitton An old story does the rounds in Australian diplomatic circles about the difficulty of dealing with Russia, a tale that must leave Tony Abbott wondering.
Daniel Flitton When the phone rings at 3.30 in the morning, it’s almost never good news.
Daniel Flitton The one person who could immediately secure the crash site for investigators to get to work is the one person almost no one wants to be there.