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Leadership in South Africa: Who will be the Next President of the ANC?

The two current frontrunners to replace Jacob Zuma as president of the African National Congress at the next ANC Elective Conference in December are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. While both are very accomplished, neither has a perfect track record and each has failings or perceived weaknesses.

US-Brokered Israel-Palestine Water Agreement

The recent Israel-Palestine water agreement promises that water will be supplied to Gaza, however, mixed US, Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on both the agreement and regional peace prevents the agreement graduating from a humanitarian to a diplomatic settlement.

Rising Wheat Price Could Undermine Food Security

While conditions are far less concerning than during the 2008 and 2010-11 food price crises, an increase in the price of staple foods erodes food security for poorer populations and countries that rely on imports.

Japanese Infrastructure Deal with Bangladesh May Disrupt “Belt and Road” Initiative

Loans provided by the Japan International Co-operation Agency will play a significant role in constraining the influence of China in Bangladesh.

Indonesia and Malaysia: ‘Please use our Palm Oil’

Rather than pleading to the EU to be more lenient, Indonesia and Malaysia should work to ensure that their palm oil exports are sustainable and eligible for certification.

Responding to Australia’s Biosecurity in the Face of Climate Change

As global temperatures rise, the risks to Australia’s biosecurity and our natural and agricultural environment are consequently increasing. Though existing policies and processes are sufficient to meet operational needs, robust response strategies for future and unknown threats must be developed. These strategies must include government at all levels, the private sector and allow for practical community involvement.

Publication Guide

  • Associate papers are primary source assessments written by FDI associates. The assessment topics range from regional bilateral relationships and opportunities and challenges in our neighbouring countries.

  • Feature interviews are interviews conducted by an FDI Research Manager. Interview topics range from the sustainability of our planet to the improved provision of emergency food aid.

  • Normally issued in hardcopy, these represent a comprehensive study of one of FDI’s four research areas.

  • Strategic alerts are priority current intelligence items. We provide these alerts when events such as military deployments or foreign election results occur.

  • A 1500 to 3000 word, single topic assessment.

  • A number of short articles addressing current intelligence topics, issued each week.

  • A record of discussions resulting from a single, or series of, roundtable conferences.

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