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No Contest as Singapore Appoints First Female President

In view of her longstanding connections with the ruling party and the limited, although important, responsibilities of the role, it is unlikely that there will be any marked changes to the way that Singapore is governed under the presidency of Halimah Yacob. The cancellation of the presidential election after the two other candidates were ruled ineligible has provoked some rare instances of public discontent.

Boko Haram: Exacerbating and Benefiting From Food and Water Insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin

Mervyn Piesse, Research Manager Future Directions International 19 September 2017 In his paper titled “Boko Haram: Exacerbating and Benefiting From Food and Water Insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin” Mervyn Piesse, Research Manager, the Global Food and Water Crises Programme, examines the social and environmental stressors present in the Lake Chad basin. He explores how Boko…

Water Resource Management in Northern Australia

John Macfarlane, Research Analyst Future Directions International 12 September 2017 In his paper titled “Water Resource Management in Northern Australia” John Macfarlane, Research Analyst, Northern Australia and Land Care Research Programme, discusses the general public enthusiasm for the potential for northern Australia to be developed as “a food bowl for Asia” or as a reliable source of…

Boko Haram: Exacerbating and Benefiting From Food and Water Insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin

There are multiple social and environmental stressors acting upon the population of the Lake Chad basin. Boko Haram, the largest non-state armed group in the region, has exacerbated and benefited from these stressors.

The Emerging Strategic Importance of India’s Joint Military Exercises

Balaji Chandramohan, FDI Visiting Fellow Future Directions International 16 September 2017 In his paper titled “The Emerging Strategic Importance of India’s Joint Military Exercises” Balaji Chandramohan, FDI Visiting Fellow, assesses the future ramifications of India’s most recent joint military exercises to find that, with their emphasis on aircraft carrier operations, air defence, surface and anti-submarine warfare, search…

The Emerging Strategic Importance of India’s Joint Military Exercises

14 September 2017 | Indian Ocean, Strategic Analysis Paper

Bringing together a diverse range of platforms and focusing on aircraft carrier operations, air defence, surface and anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue and joint manoeuvres, the Malabar exercises will take on increasing relevance, not only for the participants, but also for regional states, including Australia and Indonesia, and extra-regional actors, such as China and Russia, which have important stakes in the Indo-Pacific.

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  • 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.

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

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