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21 March 2017

Afghanistan’s food and water security future out to 2030 is looking increasingly hard to manage because of the institutional and security challenges, on top of newer tasks like climate change, that must be addressed before food and water can be properly securitised. India and Pakistan can better tap into Afghanistan’s food and water future if they can firstly service Kabul’s older needs, like military security and infrastructural/institutional development.

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16 March 2017

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14 March 2017

News from the CEO

  • 21 March 2017
    What’s Next?

    World Water Day is 22 March. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Australia and New Zealand from 22-29 March, while Defence Minister Chang Wanquan will visit Nepal and Bangladesh from 23-26 March.  

  • 13 March 2017
    What’s Next?

    Saudi King Salman will visit China from 15-18 March, while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will begin a series of visits to Japan, South Korea and China on 15 March. Also on 15 March, Pakistan will begin its first nationwide census in 19 years

  • 7 March 2017
    What’s Next?

    Jakarta is the venue for the inaugural Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit on 7 March. Indonesia-Australia Business Week runs until 10 March. The results of the Indian state elections will be announced on 11 March.

  • 28 February 2017
    What’s Next?

    The 32nd Council of Ministers’ meeting of the Indian Ocean Commission will be held at La Réunion, on 1 March. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will be in Australia from 1 to 3 March, visiting Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.


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