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Indo-Russian Ties in the Age of Trump – Part Two: The Re-formation of the Partnership

The strong India-Russia relationship, having diminished, appears to be set to be revived because of changed international circumstances. Russia needs India’s economic strengths just as much as India needs Russia’s technological and strategic advantages. This mutual need can only see the bilateral relationship grow once again.

Indo-Russian Ties in the Age of Trump – Part One: A Widening Rift

The once very strong Indo-Russian relationship has more recently been reduced as India’s economy and technical base have grown and, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India began to turn away from Russia and increasingly towards the United States, France and Israel as its primary defence suppliers. Subsequent changes in the international order have helped to reinvigorate the relationship.

Will Turkey Widen the Schism in the Middle East?

Turkey’s decision to stand by Doha in the current Middle Eastern crisis could see the rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia continue for some time to come.

Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index: Indonesia Should Maintain Focus on Tourism Infrastructure

Weaknesses in the Indonesian tourism industry identified by the World Economic Forum are being addressed by the government and noticeable improvements should be seen by 2019.

Is Pakistan Sacrificing its Food and Water Security to Outmanoeuvre India?

China has promised Pakistan that it will fund the construction of five dams that will form the North Indus River Cascade. The project, however, is primarily aimed at countering Indian dam projects and highlights Pakistan’s willingness to sacrifice its food and water security to do so.

New South African Government Directive Risks Further Undermining Economy

A new government directive that black ownership of mining companies be increased from 26 per cent to 30 per cent may be economically counterproductive if it ends up reducing the ability of the government to fund transformative policy programmes or to provide much-needed basic services.

Living Soils: The Role of Microorganisms in Soil Health

The wealth of biodiversity below ground is vast and unappreciated: millions of microorganisms live and reproduce in a few grams of topsoil and these organisms are critical to soil health and fertility. Soil biological fertility is, however, the least well-understood soil fertility component. Soil microorganisms also play essential roles in the nutrient cycles that are fundamental to life on the planet. A better understanding of soil microbiology is essential if agricultural production is to sustainably meet the needs of a growing world population.

The Growing Strategic Importance of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands will attain increased strategic significance in tandem with the growing geopolitical importance of the Indo-Pacific Region. Located in the Bay of Bengal at the entry to the Malacca Strait, the islands may be the location for a future Indian Navy Third Fleet and could serve as a base for Indian maritime power projection into the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

UN Ocean Conference: A Win for the Blue Economy and International Water Diplomacy

The UN World Ocean Conference was an attempt to signal the immense value that the international community places on the world’s oceans, and that any multilateral efforts to address environmental challenges in the age of Trump will not be deterred.

Blue Carbon is Significant in Coastal Marine Ecosystems

Coastal marine ecosystems affect climate change through carbon capture and storage.

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.

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  • 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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