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Strategic Weekly Analysis

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.

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.

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.

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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.

  • 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.

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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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