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Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is critical to global trade and food and energy security. Resources increasingly are being exploited by its littoral and island states. It is also a stage for the pursuit of global strategic and regional military and security interests.

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.

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.

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.

An Australian Element in India’s Clean Energy Initiative?

Australia ought to take full advantage of India’s initiative to develop its clean energy infrastructure by exporting more nuclear fuel to New Delhi.

Phuket: Land Rights Battles Not a Holiday for Poorer Residents

The finding of the Phuket Provincial Government that six low-income communities are not eligible to continue their subsistence lifestyles on government-owned land could precipitate social unrest elsewhere in Thailand.

Indonesia to Expand Naval Presence near Mindanao

The decision to build a new naval base on Morotai Island is part of a wider strategy to extend the Indonesian military’s influence to the country’s outer islands.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar: A Tribal Feud with Regional and Global Implications

13 June 2017 | Associate Papers, Indian Ocean

The Saudi-Qatari feud is not good for regional stability and security. The anti-Qatar action is a clumsy tactic in the Saudi competition with Iran for regional hegemony that may signal the end of the Gulf Co-operation Council. Iran is unlikely to be deterred and will continue its ascendancy as a regional hegemon unaffected by the tribal squabbles across the Gulf.

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