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Indian Ocean SWA Articles

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.

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.

Qatar: Greece Could Replace Gulf Food Suppliers

After years of economic crisis, young people in Greece are moving into farming careers. The increasingly youthful Greek agricultural sector, with EU assistance and an absence of Gulf-styled geopolitics, may spur Qatar to explore its Greek food security options.

Shangri-La Dialogue: Renewed Counter-terrorism Focus for South-East Asia

New offers of assistance to the Philippines and greater co-operation in dealing with extremism in South-East Asian countries could follow the recent dialogue.

India to Assist African Agricultural Industry

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an initiative to double the income of African farmers by 2022. Despite its altruistic appearance, India’s involvement in Africa is also very much in its own national interest.

China and Djibouti: A Strategic Paradise?

China is soon to complete a strategically significant naval base in Djibouti, which could likely have a notable impact on power dynamics in the Indian Ocean region.

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