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Daniel Flitton

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.

Jakarta attacks: Terrorist Bahrun Naim's keyboard campaign for Islamic State

Daniel Flitton Police in Jakarta accuse a firebrand Indonesian fighting in Syria with Islamic State of inspiring Thursday's terrorist rampage.

Jakarta attacks: Terrorist method is weak


Daniel Flitton This attack is a bloody reminder for Indonesia of the dark pools of intolerance hidden among a people who are mostly open and welcoming.

Fears of terrorist merger from 'poison' in south-east Asia

A video reportedly showing an Islamic State training camp in the Philippines.

Jewel Topsfield, Lindsay Murdoch, Daniel Flitton A merger of terrorist groups pledging allegiance to Islamic State in the Philippines could signal a new threat to the region should radicals from Indonesia also join forces, according to an expert on...

Islamic State threat lies with fighters returning home to South East Asia

A video released by the Abu Sayyaf Islamists in 2012 showing former captive, Australian Warren Rodwell.

Daniel Flitton Violent pockets of rebellion are dotted across South East Asia. Alarm that Islamic State could find a toehold in the neighbourhood after more extremist groups pledge support is understandable, but...

Nuclear option: Was North Korea's hydrogen bomb test a deliberate distraction?

A South Korean army soldier watches a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after North Korea said Wednesday it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test.

Daniel Flitton Last time, North Korea launched a "dishwasher wrapped in tinfoil" strapped to the top a rocket that was supposed to splashdown in the ocean somewhere north of Australia.

Make Kevin Rudd next United Nations chief: East Timor's Jose Ramos Horta

Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, then president of East Timor, and then prime minister Kevin Rudd in Canberra in 2010.

Daniel Flitton Jose Ramos Horta - Nobel prize winner and global face of East Timor's long struggle for independence - is backing former prime minister Kevin Rudd to become the next chief of the United Nations.

UN official tells Julie Bishop Palestinian refugees vulnerable in Syrian turmoil

Students attend an opening ceremony for the 2015-2016 school year at the UNRWA primary school in Gaza City on August 31.

Daniel Flitton The United Nations agency responsible for educating half a million Palestinian children was almost forced to postpone the school year because of sharp funding shortfalls from international aid donors.

Russian fighter jet shot down: Russia and Turkey are fighting the wrong enemy

Daniel Flitton This is the war Islamic State wants, against squabbling enemies far more suspicious of each other than they are united in a fight against the extremists themselves.

Can Islamic State terrorists be defeated?

Former intelligence analyst Anthony Bubalo says it is very difficult to imagine what victory over Islamic State, perpetrator of the Paris attacks, would look like.

Daniel Flitton What will victory over Islamic State look like? How will we know when the terrorists are finally defeated?

Paris attacks: declaring 'war' risks handing Islamic State credibility

French military patrol near the Eiffel Tower the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris.

Daniel Flitton The language of "war" following the Paris attacks risks granting unintended credibility to Islamic State terrorists, legal scholars warn.


Russian plane crash: Islamic State claims put Vladimir Putin in a bind

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in a bind, having fostered an impression Russia has been decisive in Syria while the West has dithered.

Daniel Flitton Will Vladimir Putin insist the plane crash be subject to a transparent investigation - of the kind he obstructed in the case of MH17 in Ukraine?


Naked power struggle, not legal niceties, at play on the South China Sea

The USS Lassen, a US Navy guided-missile destroyer, was sent to challenge the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters that China has claimed around artificial islands.

Daniel Flitton The United States navy has directly confronted China, that should not be underplayed, least of all in Australia.

US general estimates jet fighters will cost Australia $1m extra each if Canada 'ejects'

Former prime minister Tony Abbott poses in the cockpit of a replica of the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at Canberra's Fairbairn Airbase in April 2014.

Daniel Flitton Australia could pay up to $100 million more for its new fleet of stealth fighters should Canada dump plans to buy F-35, according to a US military estimate.

Canada's Trudeau will dump $130 million stealth jets Australia wants to buy

Prime minister-elect Justin Trudeau stands on stage at Liberal Party headquarters in Montreal after his party's sweeping election victory.

Daniel Flitton Canada's new government will dump the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the troubled and expensive stealth jets Australia has committed $24 billion to buy.

Nauru: Opposition MP detained, smoke rises as protests disrupt parliament

Nauru flag.

Daniel Flitton A protest on Nauru has disrupted a sitting of the tiny Pacific nation's parliament, with police attempting to barricade off a large crowd outside the building.

Analysis: the growing barriers between the global haves and have-nots

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Daniel Flitton Economists love all the fashionable talk of globalisation – but this ideal has never applied to the free movement of people.

Lithuania backs the shirtfront on Russia

A member of the US Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment shows a gun to a woman during the ''Dragoon Ride'' military exercise in Salociai, northern Lithuania. US troops will travel through Lithuania, the Czech Republic and on to Germany by April 1 to reinforce US allies in Eastern Europe.

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".

Former prime minister Xanana Gusmao knew Australia spied in East Timor

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.

Bali Nine: Indonesia flags death penalty moratorium at United Nations

Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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...

China's aid splurge in the Pacific


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.