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 The big machines are hungry for scrap, loading massive dump trucks with the twisted and burnt metal wreck that a little over a fortnight ago was housing for 650 people.
Daniel Flitton Australia backs US intelligence claims that the Assad regime has deployed lethal nerve gas in Syria.
Daniel Flitton Tamil refugee Ranjini speaks to an independent reviewer in her bid to escape indefinite detention.
Daniel Flitton Nuclear armed countries - including the US - are at best only paying lip service to the promise of President Barack Obama to rid the world of atomic bombs.
Daniel Flitton A growing electronic blitzkrieg by Beijing - blasted by US President Barack Obama as ''state sponsored'' hacking and now extending to the jamming of Australia's radio news broadcasts in Asia -...
Daniel Flitton The shouting had gone on long enough. "The problem is, the microphone is shoved in front of the face of some person who is going to yell in either broken English or Arabic," despaired Moammar Mashni.
Daniel Flitton JULIA GILLARD'S lopsided statement on the conflict in Gaza and Israel leaves an open question about Australia's support for assassination.
Daniel Flitton BREATHE a sigh of relief, Australia - had Mitt Romney won the day, it would have made for an ugly time with our big alliance partner.
Daniel Flitton VLADIVOSTOK: In some translations the Russian port city ''Vladivostok'' is taken to mean ''power over the east'' and President Vladimir Putin has certainly used a summit of regional leaders and...
Daniel Flitton, Vladivostok Regional leaders have agreed cut tariffs on solar panels, wind turbine blades, solar hot water systems and a range of other "environmental goods" in what has been hailed as a shift against...
Daniel Flitton Vladivostok JEALOUSY is a very Russian trait, and the green eyes of Moscow are fixed firmly on the runaway economic success of its giant neighbour, China.
Daniel Flitton Vladivostok BILLIONS of dollars have poured into the Russian port city of Vladivostok for the hosting of this week's three-day summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, only for much of it to be squandered.
Daniel Flitton Hillary Clinton has declared the Pacific ''big enough for all of us'' and laid down a challenge for China and other countries to work together to help the tiny island nations of South Pacific.
Daniel Flitton Hillary Clinton has declared the Pacific "big enough for all of us" and laid down a challenge for China and other countries to work together to help the tiny island nations of the South Pacific.
Daniel Flitton, Rarotonga Moves to bring Fiji back into the Pacific fold are building at a regional leaders' summit, despite Australian and New Zealand opposition to lifting Fiji's suspension sparked by the military regime of...
Daniel Flitton, Rarotonga It might seem brave, but at least a few Cook Islands locals see a chance for the tiny Pacific nation - population barely 12,000 - to 'play off' superpowers China and the United States against one...
Daniel Flitton Rarotonga, Cook Islands It helps that the island is shaped like a squashed baked bean, with the only major road a ring that runs around the coast.
Daniel Flitton The US has expressed deep concerns over violence in a disputed Burmese province that has flared just days after Australia moved to lift financial sanctions on the country.
Ilya Gridneff and Daniel Flitton Australians are being warned to limit travel around Port Moresby after soldiers loyal to ousted prime minister Sir Michael Somare stormed barracks in the PNG capital.
Daniel Flitton An Australian man is flying home from a harrowing ordeal in a Saudi Arabia prison after enduring 75 lashes for religious blasphemy.