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