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How Politics and Electricity in Punjab Combine to Prevent Groundwater Reform

Though Punjab’s groundwater levels continue to decline, the new Congress Government appears unwilling to initiate long-term reform that may risk its political success.

Policy Uncertainty Ahead for South Africa as ANC Looks Towards December

In the shadow cast by the December leadership conference at which the African National Congress will choose a new party leader, policymaking is likely to take a back seat to the efforts of President Jacob Zuma to ensure a loyal successor in the face of controversy and accusations of state capture.

Iranian Presidential Election: Keeping Up Appearances Amid Nuclear Accusations

Iran’s presidential election, hardly an exercise in democracy, will take place in an atmosphere charged by accusations that the country is violating the terms of the JCPOA.

Rangelands: Critical to the Environment and Under Constant Threat

Rangelands constitute a significant proportion of the Earth’s total landmass and they sustain important ecosystems that are under an increasing environmental threat from climate change, habitat loss and soil degradation.

Mauritius Courting China in New African Strategic Partnership

If the proposed partnership goes ahead, Mauritius will benefit from increased foreign investment while Chinese companies could use Mauritian ports, banks and membership of key regional organisations as gateways to southern and eastern Africa.

A New Hope? Moisture Farming as a Long-Term Alternative Water Source

The depletion of traditional water sources, such as groundwater, in many hot and humid countries is providing moisture farming with the opportunity to become a potential alternative source of water.

Nationalism versus Islamisation: A Power Struggle in Indonesia

With the military and Islamic groups fighting for influence, traditional values of the Indonesian people could be under threat.

ChemChina Inches Closer to Acquiring Syngenta

The acquisition of Syngenta, a global supplier of seeds and pesticide, by ChemChina is likely to have implications for global food security.

Donald Trump’s Warning to Iran

Trump’s cruise missile attack on Syria was, among other things, a signal to Iran that his Administration will not be as compliant or as forgiving of their actions as that of Obama’s.

China Ostensibly Cancels Myitsone Dam Project in Myanmar in Favour of Access to Kyaukpyu Port

Beijing gains preferential access to Kyaukpyu port, but until the future of the Myitsone Dam project is clearly articulated it is likely to remain a potentially troublesome issue for the bilateral relationship.

Indonesia: Comprehensive Tax Reform on the way

Legislation for tax reforms will likely be finalised by July to pave the way for an information exchange programme targeted at tax evasion from multinational corporations.

Tourism in the Gulf: Oman Implements First Stage of Renewed Diversification Strategy

If successful, Oman’s tourism-centric economic diversification strategy could be adopted by some of its hydrocarbon-reliant neighbours as the region faces dwindling oil reserves.

Conflict, Climate Change and Record High Food Prices Contribute to Rising Global Food Insecurity

An immediate global response is required to help stabilise large regions of the world as the number of food insecure populations increases as a result of conflict, extreme weather events and localised high food prices.

Hot Rock Opportunities for Northern Australia

Geothermal energy continues to be a viable source of clean energy.

The Rising Refugee Intake in Uganda: A Food Crisis Reaching Tipping Point?

Increasingly weak food security in Uganda undermines its ability to sustain an increasing number of refugees.

South Africa Credit Rating Downgraded to Junk Status in Wake of Finance Minister Sacking

As the rand falls against foreign currencies and with another ratings downgrade still a possibility, the sacking of Pravin Gordhan may yet become a catalyst for revolt within the African National Congress-led government against President Jacob Zuma.

Extreme Weather Events: Is this our Agricultural Market Future?

The devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Debbie is likely to significantly influence the domestic, market price of agricultural, aquaculture and fishery produce for the following year. If the predictions of a higher frequency of extreme weather events occurring because of climate change are correct, supply based, price fluctuations may become a more regular feature of our primary produce industry.

The US Global Water Strategy 2017 Under President Trump

A US Global Water Strategy could be a continuation of Trump-styled ‘America First’ politics. A genuinely global water strategy is possible, but only if Trump is willing to accept the impact climate change has on water security and the leadership role the US has in the securitisation of climate change and water.

Vanuatu: Junk Food Ban Addresses Health Problems but Leaves the Islands at Risk

Promoting local organic foods is an important way to lower the country’s severe obesity and diabetes rates, but erodes the food security of a region highly vulnerable to the shocks of climate change.

Timor-Leste Joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

This is a welcome move at a time where developing supporting infrastructure for the non-oil sector is crucial to the long-term survival of the Timor-Leste economy.

Australian Aquaculture and Fisheries Threatened by Marine Plastic Waste

Plans to expand the northern Australia aquaculture industry must include investigation and analysis into potential affects resulting from increasing pollution of the marine environment in the form of marine debris.

Maritime Security Governance and Somali Piracy

Two recent hijackings by Somali pirates have prompted calls for NATO to act on illegal fishing that allegedly pushed these fishermen to piracy. Addressing this as a root cause of a possible new outbreak of piracy, as opposed to the act of piracy itself, is the prudent path to take.

French Presidential Candidate Takes Campaign to Indian Ocean Territories

The visit by Emmanuel Macron to La Réunion and Mayotte – both home to small numbers of voters – has great symbolic value in demonstrating his commitment to a diverse and outwards-looking France.

Pakistan and the CPEC: Choosing Between Riyadh and Beijing

The potential benefits of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor could force Pakistan to choose between its traditional ally, Saudi Arabia, and its major investor, Beijing.

Risk of Damage to Syria’s Tabqa Dam

The “Islamic State” is potentially weeks away from losing control of the Tabqa Dam, a key asset that could see the US-led coalition inch closer to regaining Syria. Any significant damage to the dam’s structure, however, could threaten hundreds of thousands of lives, a worry that IS appears keen to exploit.

Soothing Troubled Waters Essential for India and Pakistan

Further diplomacy between India and Pakistan on Indus River issues will be critical for bilateral relations and regional stability.

Malaysia: Will an Early Election Benefit Najib?

A fragmented opposition means that Prime Minister Najib Razak is in a strong position to win if he calls an early general election.

The Nile Delta and the Future of Food and Water Security in Egypt

A study showing increased levels of salt in the waters of the Nile Delta and reduced river flows significantly threatens the future liveability of the region.

Wastewater: Part of the Solution to Rising Water Stress?

Recycling wastewater will help relieve some of the pressure associated with rising water demand, but care will need to be taken to ensure that it is safely used.

The Continuing “Modi-fication” of Indian Politics and Foreign Policy

The overwhelming electoral victory of Modi’s BJP in India’s most populous state demonstrates his continuing political strength and will have an immediate effect on the country’s politics and foreign policy.

Changes to International Defence Partnership Master Plan: Less Land and Smarter Use

Restricting the expansion of land for military exercises will enable and promote opportunities to enhance existing training areas and advances in virtual simulation technology in regional Queensland.

New Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils – Closing the Gap between Soil Science and Farm Management

Recently the Federal Government announced that a new Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils will receive nearly $40 million over 10 years to help the agricultural community bridge the knowledge gap between soil science and farm management. The aim is to provide the tools and knowledge needed to make the right decisions on complex soil management issues.

Timor-Leste Prepares for Presidential Election

The first round of polling will be held on 20 March and the actions taken by the eventual victor will have a significant long-term effect on the direction of the Timor-Leste economy at a time of falling oil and gas revenues.

Corruption, Sand Mafias and Water Security in India

India’s groundwater levels are indicative of the country’s worsening water crisis. Sand is a vital component of a plentiful groundwater supply, but due to weak institutions and corrupt officials, this valuable resource is being illegally mined by “sand mafias” unconcerned by the country’s growing water insecurity.

The Re-energised US Oil Sector: More Woes for Saudi Arabia and OPEC?

In the United States, the steady return to profitability of the resurgent oil industry could increase the troubles of an already-fractured OPEC led by Saudi Arabia.

China Proposes Water Pipeline from Russia to Gansu Province

At a time when Russia fears increased Chinese influence in the Far East, China has released plans detailing a potential pipeline from Siberia.

Bird Flu Strikes Back: Bad News for Birds, Less So For People

The avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, which emerged in south-east China last month, is a new strain of the old H5N1 that is showing signs of some resistance to anti-viral drugs and increased lethality. Birds draw the short straw ahead of humans, however, and medicinal treatment, not viral mutation, seems the cause of resistance.

Canada Leading the World in Carbon Capture and Storage for Coal-Fired Power Stations

The Boundary Dam Power Station in Canada is claimed to be the first coal-fired power station in the world to successfully use carbon capture and storage technology on a commercial scale. Is this an example that Australia should be following?

Laos: Pak Beng Dam Project Approved, but at What Cost?

The construction of a new dam has been approved by the government in Vientiane, but there are many interests that may suffer under the project.

New Zealand Seeks De-Radicalisation Advice from Malaysia

Malaysia’s widely praised de-radicalisation programme could be a valuable tool in New Zealand and may be utilised in Indonesia.

China’s Response to India: A Line in the Sand?

China may have decided to retaliate against India’s hardened stance against Beijing by calling New Delhi’s bluff yet offering it a way out of a potential dilemma.

Saudi King Salman on Landmark Visit to Indonesia

The visit will likely see billions of dollars poured into improving Indonesia’s oil refining capacity but it also raises the issue of the influence of Wahhabism and the “Arabisation” of Islam in Indonesia.

Sri Lankan Drought Worsening, a More Grassroots Strategy Urgently Needed

Despite recent efforts to mitigate drought stresses, farmers still report feeling unprepared, alone and unable to adapt in their struggle to manage existing food and water systems. The Sri Lankan Government must make a more grassroots strategy a main priority.

France Seeking to Boost Economy via Closer Links with Indonesia

The just-concluded visit by Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and that of President François Hollande, scheduled for 29 March, are designed to produce some much-needed growth in the French economy.

Governance Failure Leads to Famine in South Sudan

Removing impediments to food aid distribution will assist in ensuring that the country avoids rising levels of food insecurity. Overcoming these impediments, however, will be difficult in the absence of a more receptive political community in South Sudan.

China, India, a Restructured Strategic Dialogue and Taiwan

India’s hardened stance and its apparent willingness to stand up to China reflects its growing self-confidence, its perceptions of China’s increasing difficulties and the effects of growing nationalism.

Israeli PM in Australia: Historic Visit a Chance to Deepen Relationship

Though the Israeli settlements issue will no doubt be on the agenda, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull should use the visit to take advantage of the water management expertise of the Israelis.

Jokowi to Visit Australia

The developing bilateral free trade agreement will likely be discussed during the President’s quick visit to Sydney. Indonesia will also be looking to secure more investment and tourism from Australia.

Australian Wheat Yield Data Invokes Mixed Responses from Scientists and Farmers

The CSIRO claims that Australian wheat yields have stalled while farmers suggest that statistics do not present an accurate state of the industry.

South African Budget: Financial and Political Woes for Gordhan, Again

As he hands down this year’s national Budget, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan finds himself challenged – once more – by both the poor state of the country’s finances and by political manoeuvrings from within the government.

Vegetation Patterns Changing in Australia’s North

The vegetation patterns in Australia’s north are changing as higher rainfall and improved growing conditions promote the growth of native woody species and introduced noxious weeds.

The United States and the Threat of Military Action against Iran

It is more the fact that neither Washington nor Tehran can be seen to be backing down from their stated agenda rather than any missile test that could lead both states into conflict with each other.

Indonesia: Outcome of Governorship Election will have Impact beyond Jakarta

The outcome of the election could mean either a humiliating defeat for hardline Islamic groups or a boost to their legitimacy within the political sphere.

Is Quinoa an Under-Utilised Grain in the Fight Against Food Insecurity?

A recent scientific report has identified potential genetic improvements that could be made to quinoa crops that may enable scientists and agriculturalists to yield abundant supplies.

Mining Companies adopt Water Stewardship Standards

As mining companies operate in many regions that are likely to experience rising water stress, investing in water efficiency measures will be necessary to maintain community and investor confidence.

Quality over Quantity? Live Cattle Exports a Positive Move amid Growing Brazilian Competition

Despite renewed competition posed by Brazilian beef suppliers, Australia’s beef industry is likely to shine brightly as premium Australian cuts will continue to outpace industry competitors.

Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia

The Federal Government recently established a Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia. This move will ensure a better-informed policy making and legislative process on matters relating to the development of northern Australia.

Desalination is not the Solution to Southern India’s Water Stress

While desalination plants will help alleviate municipal water stress in urban areas, they will do little to support agriculture and industry.

Najib Razak’s Obsession with Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis

It appears that Najib is using the Rohingya crisis to shore up credibility from Malaysia’s Muslim population following corruption allegations last year.

Yemen: Famine a Strong Possibility in 2017

A financial crisis has further reduced Yemen’s wheat supply, plunging millions of Yemenis further into starvation.

Southern Africa: Introduced Pests Threaten Crops after Severe Drought

After its most severe drought in 35 years, Southern Africa faces a new threat from introduced pests.

Lesotho Must Re-Evaluate Water Arrangements with South Africa in Wake of Record Drought

The two neighbours must find a solution to the water crisis if they are to prevent the possibility of an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe in the region.

Potential for a Pakistan-Afghanistan Water Treaty

Pakistan is due to commence much-needed talks with Afghanistan over a bilateral agreement for water sharing on the Kabul River, but any new treaty will require close co-operation between the traditionally hostile riparian states.

Developments in Desalination

The shortage of fresh water in the face of an increasing global population is becoming a serious issue but technological advancements in desalination could provide a significant boost to future supplies.

Indonesia: Ahok Leading Governorship Polls despite Blasphemy Allegations

While support for the embattled Ahok is rising, his opponents are likely to remain vocal against his candidacy. It could also indicate, though, that the public may be taking some of those groups less seriously than before.

Syria: Uncertainty Following the Damascus Water Crisis

Water supply has been restored in Damascus following weeks of shortages, but given the continued struggle for control of the resource, there could be further disruption.

India: Caught Between a Cruise Missile and a Hard Place

The failure of India’s indigenously-developed, submarine-launched cruise missile could place the country in a strategic dilemma.

ANC Succession Battle Begins in South Africa

The battle to succeed Jacob Zuma as leader of the ruling African National Congress in December has begun in earnest but there is, as yet, no clear frontrunner. With the winner almost certain to become President of South Africa in 2019, the contest between rival candidates and factions will be bitter.

Somalia: Drought and Kenyan Repatriations Threaten to Undermine Food Security

If Somalian food security weakens, the potential for destabilising migrations to the Middle East and southern Africa is likely to increase.

Saudi Arabia to Assist Indonesia in de-Radicalisation Efforts

As both countries’ de-radicalisation programmes are similar, exactly how Indonesia might benefit is unclear. It could, however, serve to further Saudi influence within Indonesia.

World Soil Day 2016 – “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life”

The importance to the global community of healthy soils is recognised each year through communication, events and activities to focus attention towards the restoration of degraded soils by increasing biodiversity, improving soil structure and enhancing fertility.

Privatisation and Renewable Energy in the Saudi Arabian Water Sector

The privatisation of the Saudi desalination industry could help ensure future water security, but adopting alternative energy sources to power desalination plants will also be necessary.

What Fate for the EU-East African Free Trade Agreement?

With Tanzania unlikely to ratify the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiated between the European Union and the East African Community, the future of the agreement looks uncertain as the January 2017 ratification deadline approaches.

India’s Complicated Military Platforms: A Recipe for Disaster?

New Delhi needs to attract and retain world-class research and development skills if it is to ensure its military can actually perform their intended functions.

The Global Implications of Increased Biofuel Production

Crop-based biofuels are an alternative energy source to fossil fuels, but concerns are rising over just how beneficial this alternative is.

Jokowi Concludes State Visit to India

Defence relations and maritime security were the focus of the visit with a goal to reduce dependence of both countries on defence imports and to secure their regional waters.

Saudi Arabia’s Economic Changes: Are They Feasible?

Riyadh’s planned economic changes are needed to keep the country’s social order cohesive but they have a major weakness: they are predicated upon the price of oil.

Indonesia: Increasing Tensions amid Political Jockeying

The protests, counter protest and arrest of individuals suspected of treason are a result of increasing political manoeuvring in the country.

Altering Photosynthesis to Increase Crop Yield: A Double-Edged Sword for Food Security?

Genetic manipulation techniques that increase the efficiency of photosynthesis show potential to increase crop yields, but they will also need to retain or increase the nutritional content of food.

The Degradation of the World’s Reefs and Food Security

The degradation of coral reefs and increased fish migration will threaten economic livelihoods and food security for millions of people within the Indo-Pacific region.

Mosul: The “Mother of All Battles”, or a Mother of More Battles to Come?

Despite the media attention, the battle of Mosul is just a part of a far greater, multifaceted conflict, and is unlikely to bring an end to war in Iraq.

Japan and China Vying for Influence in South-East Asia

Both Japan and China have recently courted Malaysia and the Philippines in what appears to be an attempt to secure influence in the region and thereby the South China Sea.

Warming Relations for Indonesia and Singapore

Bilateral relations between Indonesia and Singapore have the potential to strengthen over the coming years as trade and investment grows. This may facilitate resolutions to a number of disagreements that have placed a strain on the relationship.

Qatar to Continue Assisting Syrian Rebels – They Can Do No Less

Qatar will continue to work with the Syrian Rebels against Bashar al-Assad, likely with an eye on future gains.

Pakistan: 2017 shows Little Sign of an end to Karachi’s Water Crisis

After years of drought, rapid urbanisation, mismanagement of water resources and scarce rainfall still threaten any hope of water security in Karachi.

Agricultural Development of sub-Saharan Africa: Who Carries the Burden?

The application of modern land management practices in the sub-Sahara will present African countries with opportunities to make a positive contribution to local and global food security and to combat climate change. Smallholder farmers, however, need to be protected for the risks and financial burden of associated change.

The Consequences of Agricultural Destruction and Severe Drought in Zimbabwe

After two years of severe drought as a result of the El Niño phenomenon, Zimbabwe’s future food and water security is looking increasingly fragile.

The Blue Future: The Sustainability of Aquaculture and Aquaponics

The sustainability challenges of aquaculture and aquaponics must be addressed to strengthen long-term global food security.

OPEC Debates Oil Production Cut

Speculation continues to mount that a deal to cut oil production can be reached when OPEC producers meet in Vienna on 30 November, but any agreement still faces major hurdles, with Iran and Iraq showing signs of resistance and the Saudi-Iranian rivalry may also come into play.

Kuwait: Will the Upcoming Election Change Anything?

While this week’s parliamentary election may occupy the spotlight in the local press, its possible consequences are constrained by broader social, political and economic realities.

Taking back Mosul: Long-term Food and Water Concerns amid a Humanitarian Crisis

The long-term impact of conflict in Mosul must be considered to ensure progress toward greater food and water security in Iraq.

China and India’s Nuclear Deal with Japan: Little Morality, Plenty Realpolitik

Despite Beijing’s obvious irritation at New Delhi’s progress in striking a civilian nuclear deal with Tokyo, India should continue with its overture to Japan; anything less will be perceived by the Chinese as a weakness to be exploited.

Australia-Indonesia Trade Relationship: Good, but could (and can) be Better

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement is the key to improving the depth of the trade relationship. Addressing incorrect perceptions of each other will also be crucial.

The Politics of Afghan Refugees: Future Food and Water Crisis in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s migration crisis will likely contribute to a humanitarian food and water crisis in the foreseeable future.

High-Speed Rail Line Bids to be Discussion Topic in Malaysian PM’s Japan Visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely use Najib Razak’s visit to focus on Japan’s bid for the Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail line, which appears to be falling behind its Chinese counterpart.

What is Behind the Protests Which Postponed Jokowi’s Australia Visit?

It is unlikely that Busiki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, the incumbent governor of Jakarta, will be charged over the alleged blasphemy that spawned the protests, but the racist undertones seen in the rally and election campaign are concerning.

Indonesia’s Tropical Landscape Finance Facility: A Catalyst for Environmental Sustainability and Long-Term Food Security?

Indonesia must promote green growth, investment and sustainable ecological management to meet its commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement and safeguard long-term food security.

India and Sri Lanka Moving Towards a More Robust Relationship

Joint efforts by India and Sri Lanka to strengthen their economic and strategic relationship are bearing fruit, but there is still scope for Indian state governments to play a bigger role. The Economic and Technology Co-operation Agreement will give Sri Lankan businesses greater access to the Indian market.

No Respite for Madagascar: Crushing Drought after Successful Anti-Locust Campaign

With the conclusion of the anti-locust campaign, drought poses the next great threat to food security in Madagascar.

Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Food Chains, Water-Borne Pollution and the Threat to Food and Water Security

The need for collective international action is urgent as antimicrobial resistance poses a significant threat to humans, particularly through agricultural contamination and environmental pollution.

Somalia Facing Consequences of Renewed Conflict, Drought and Ethiopian Internal Crisis

A mere month ago, the international community remained hopeful for Somalia’s continuing democratic transition but instead of a new period of peace, the situation appears to be deteriorating rapidly.

A Chinese Port in Sri Lanka: Hambantota Phase Two Progresses

The Sri Lankan decision to avail of Chinese funding to construct Phase Two of the port at Hambantota is based on financial reality even as it marks another lost opportunity for India.

Najib in China to Strengthen Malaysian Economic and Defence Ties

China is set to loan Malaysia over $17 billion for a rail line. A major new defence agreement has also been signed, but the visit does not indicate any major pivot towards China at the expense of the relationship with the United States.

Bio-energy Carbon Capture and Storage: One Strategy to Help to Ameliorate Global Warming

Scientists are investigating and looking at different and innovative ways to lower levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, a major contributor to rising temperatures leading to global warming.

Respite for India: The Result of the 2016 Monsoon

India needs to maintain its focus on water even with this year’s “normal” monsoon.

COP22: Continuing Progress on Food and Water Security

Food and water security proved to be a key point of concern at COP21, and looks to remain so at COP22, where further discussion among parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change may yield significant results.

Global Food Crises: Harnessing the Transformative Forces of Urbanisation

The world’s cities are gaining momentum in harnessing the transformative force of urbanisation to address a shared vision of a sustainable urbanised future.

Jokowi to Visit Australia: What to Expect?

President Joko Widodo will be looking to expand investment and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be keen to see Indonesia ease the restrictions on cattle imports. While the focus will be on economic relations, both countries will stand to benefit from closer co-operation in counter-terrorism.

South Africa: ANC Tumult as Party Whip Calls for Entire Leadership to Step Down

Further political instability is in store for South Africa as infighting within the African National Congress is escalated to a new level.

Singapore Water Tensions: Vulnerable to a Distressed Malaysia

Ensuring the security of Singapore’s water supply relies on the improved governance of Malaysia’s distressed supplies in a volatile climate.

The Future Resilience of the Philippines and South-East Asia’s Tropical Cyclones

The Philippines has made significant efforts to build climate change and natural disaster resilience, but new research suggests that tropical cyclones will continue to increase and intensify.

India: Beyond the Global Investors’ Summit

The latest Investors’ Summit has been hailed as a success but it is important to recognise that, while such showcase events are extremely useful and valuable, they are just a starting point and that Madhya Pradesh and other Indian states will still need to find innovative new approaches to continue to attract investors.

Global Hunger Index 2016: The Positives and Negatives

The 2016 Global Hunger Index indicates positive progress, but highlights the need for increased efforts if the UN Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030 is to be achieved.

India’s Decision to Purchase Rafale Fighter Aircraft: A Nuclear Requirement?

The decision to purchase French Rafale fighter aircraft modernises the air element of India’s nuclear triad.

Big Plans for Tourism Expansion in Indonesia

The Indonesian Government has ambitious plans to expand the tourism sector by developing ten new tourist destinations by 2019, but it is not certain that it will actually have the funds needed to achieve those plans.

India-Pakistan Relations and Cross-Border “Surgical Strikes”

The decision to send military personnel over the Line of Control signals the willingness of the Modi Government to use force but it may also complicate the delicate politico-diplomatic balance in the bilateral relationship.

A Convenient Security Concern? Al-Shabaab in Somalia

The Islamic fundamentalist group has become a buffer between a Somali Government struggling for credibility during its delayed democratic transition and regional heavyweight, Kenya.

South Africa and the Dire Need for La Niña

The plight of South Africa is unlikely to be relieved by waiting for good weather.

More Instability may be in Store for South African Economy as Finance Minister Summonsed

Pravin Gordhan has dismissed the allegations brought against him as politically motivated mischief, but the loss of the capable finance minister would expose an already weak economy to a new round of top-down instability.

Sundrop Farms: Harnessing Renewable Energy and the Future of Agriculture

Sundrop Farms set the precedent in commercialising sustainable agriculture and safeguarding long-term food and water security.

Increased CO2 Beneficial to Plants – A Climate Change Mythical Fact

Exposing plants to higher levels of carbon dioxide may enhance plant growth in the short term but, in the medium to long term, climate change threatens crop production and food security on a global scale.

Bangladesh Invites Indian Investment in Ganges Barrage Project

Indian investment in Bangladeshi water infrastructure could reduce the bitterness that stems from the operation of the Farakka Barrage.

Australia on the Back Foot in Boundary Dispute with Timor-Leste

The Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision to go ahead with the conciliation process could see Australia lose billions in potential revenue from oil and natural gas reserves.

“Peak Carbon” Occurred a Decade Ago

Soil carbon plays an essential role in global food security. The ability for plants to grow is being challenged, however, with the term “peak carbon” being used.

In a Possible Signal to India, China Diverts a Tributary of the Brahmaputra River

The diversion of the Xiabuqu River, a minor tributary of the Brahmaputra River, could test the effectiveness of diplomacy between Beijing and New Delhi on one hand and India and Pakistan on the other.

Delaying Democracy: Somali Elections Fail to Start as Planned

Delays to Somalia’s first general elections in decades have raised concerns over the integrity of the upcoming electoral process and will likely impede the democratic transformation of the Horn of Africa state.

Revolutionising the Global Food System and Fighting Global Malnutrition

The international community must revolutionise the global food system in order to achieve the eradication of global malnutrition in the “decade of action on nutrition”.

Indonesia’s Bid for a UN Security Council Seat

It appears likely that Indonesia will win its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council despite growing opposition to human rights abuses in West Papua.

India’s Diplomatic Push to Isolate Pakistan: A Means to Enabling Balochi Secession?

India has begun a diplomatic initiative to isolate Pakistan internationally but the real emphasis could be on backing Balochistan to break away from it.

Encouraging Signs of Diplomacy: Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia Sign GERD Assessment Studies

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have signed contracts to begin assessment studies on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, indicating willingness for diplomacy by the riparian states.

Middle-Income Countries Take the Lead in Agricultural Research and Development, but Gaps Remain

The shift in the composition of agricultural R&D funding could further widen the gap between agricultural development in high- and low-income countries.

Antimicrobial Resistance Hastened by Misuse of Antibiotics in Feedlots

A universal agreement to prevent the misuse of antibiotics in feedlots will slow the rate of antibiotic resistance, but alternative methods to combat harmful bacteria will ultimately need to be developed.

Exporting Philippine’s War on Drugs into Indonesia

Ramping up Indonesia’s “war on drugs” could be seen as an opportunity for the military to become further involved in domestic issues.

Negotiating Water Sharing in Southern India

A reliance on state administrations to resolve political tensions over water resources in southern India is unlikely to bear fruit.

From Cold War Rivals to Strategic Partners: Pakistan and Russia Announce Military Co-operation

Pakistan and Russia’s announcement of fresh military drills is an indication of their strategic priorities. This development, however, could intensify regional rivalry and arms race.

Afghanistan: A Nation of Refugees

An in-depth survey conducted by the Afghanistan Analysts Network reveals that while educational and economic opportunity are important issues for Afghanis seeking refuge in European countries, it is the ongoing deterioration of security in Afghanistan that is the prime motivation. This situation is unlikely to change in the near future.

India Increases its Strategic Reach with Modi’s Visit to Vietnam

While Modi’s visit to Hanoi may be an outcome of India’s “Act East” policy, there is little doubt that Beijing’s rapidly growing assertiveness was a major factor behind the visit.

African Green Revolution Forum 2016: Prospects for Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Food security in Sub-Saharan Africa is in doubt, despite the progress made in the agricultural industry, due to the threat of an increasingly volatile climate.

Japanese Development in Africa: Compassion or Competition?

Japan’s three-year, US$30 billion ($39.34 billion) aid package to Africa is a thinly-veiled attempt at competing with China for influence in the region.

Fishing in the South China Sea: Prospects for Peace in the Aftermath of the Landmark Ruling

After the international ruling against Chinese claims in the South China Sea, the strategic importance of fisheries may reduce tensions with the Philippines and provide an opening for regional co-operation.

Reforestation Projects Need to Consider Multiple Factors

Tree-planting projecsts to repair environmental damage and reforest denuded landscapes must consider multiple factors, not just the number and location of the trees .

Thai-Malaysian Wall to Combat Separatist Movements

A wall could serve to stop the current movement between countries by separatist militants but will do little to prevent militant activity within Thailand. Those who remain in southern Thailand may also become vulnerable to a military crackdown.

No Trees, No Rain: Land Clearing Laws and the Future of Australia’s Climate

The body of research evidence linking land clearance with increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions continues to grow. Some Australian jurisdictions nevertheless, continue to promote land clearance over conservation, damaging Australia’s international climate management reputation.

Carbon Dioxide Plant Outcomes Study Needs More Consideration

Recent scientific research reporting has suggested increases in atmospheric CO2 could enhance moisture retention in soil. Closer examination, however, of experimental parameters suggests that these predictions may be premature.

Agricultural Productivity and the Lack of Young Farmers

The global lack of youth in the agricultural sector may just be the signs of an industry in transition rather than the cause of productivity stagnation that many fear.

Australia: Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land and Food Security

Foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land does not seriously affect Australia’s long-term food security, however, a growing and ageing population could pose future challenges.

Seychelles Parliamentary Elections: Political Alternative Emerges for September Vote

If it is able to capitalise on growing voter dissatisfaction with the dominance of the country’s two major political parties, the recently-formed Seychelles Patriotic Movement may play a king-maker role in the next parliament.

Returning to the Top of the Pile: Thailand’s Outlook for Rice Exports

Past attempts to manipulate the rice export market demonstrated the fragility of Thailand’s dependence on rice exports and demands a diverse economic plan to remain competitive in the region.

Malaysian Prime Minister Faces Mounting Public Pressure

While public pressure against him slowly grows, the PM will use his party’s strong rural support base and new security legislation to retain control.

Chinese Interests in Myanmar’s Dams: Balancing Internal Stability and Development

At the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference, Myanmar must consider internal and external interest groups to balance development and stability for its own food and water security

Indian Parliament Passes the Goods and Services Tax Bill

The introduction of a GST and a more streamlined taxation system could be a major boon to the Indian economy, but the government still needs to overcome a number of hurdles.

Indus Basin Groundwater Depletion: Unsteady Footings for India-Pakistan Relations

Negotiating the increased demand for groundwater between India and Pakistan requires a joint policy of sustaining groundwater supplies to avoid tension, but it will require overcoming major domestic obstacles

Nepal: Former Maoist Rebel Leader Turned Prime Minister Plans Visit to India

The new Nepalese Prime Minister’s first state visit brings with it an opportunity to restore his country’s relationship with India but their frosty recent past means that there are likely to be testing times ahead.

Electronic Prepaid Irrigation in Bangladesh: Prospects for Improving Food and Water Security

Bangladesh’s Irrigation Management Improvement Programme is predicted to create improved governance and efficiency of the agricultural water supply, potentially resulting in increased agricultural output

Drought Risk Reduction Strategies Outlined at First African Drought Conference

Provided that the requisite political and institutional will is forthcoming, African drought resilience is likely to improve.

Indonesia: Widodo Gives Annual State of the Nation Address

Although it revealed little that was new in the government’s outlook for the short term, the Address confirmed that the acceleration of development and economic reforms will continue to be the Jokowi Administration’s primary domestic focus.

Purifying a Solution for Water Supply in the United Arab Emirates

The solution for the UAE, and the other GCC states, lies in matching their energy and water supply demands with innovative and efficient systems that mitigate environmental damage while improving the development of a private energy sector.

First Indian-Chinese Rail Joint Venture Begins Operations

The first Indian-Chinese joint venture and its promise of long-term co-operation seemingly contradict the rivalry between the two powers, but could be a component of a multi-layered strategy on the part of China to extend its sphere of influence.

Food and Social Volatility in Egypt: IMF Extends $12 Billion Lifeline

Egypt’s chronic economic symptoms are likely to continue to ail its economy, food affordability and social stability.

Facing an Elongated Ratification Process, is COP21 being Hurried Across the Line before Signatories Hesitate?

Ban Ki-Moon has called on signatories of the Paris Agreement (COP21) to attend a special event on 21 September to quicken the ratification process of the Agreement. This, however, is more than just a diplomatic measure; it is an attempt to take advantage of the remnant diplomatic fanfare of the Agreement before national interest takes over.

Kuwait-Pakistan Jet Fighter Deal: Whispers in the Wind?

An offer to Kuwait from the Pakistani Air Force of the JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter has raised speculation of an arms deal between the two states but any possible sale would need to satisfy deeper questions regarding Kuwaiti defence requirements and the lacklustre sales success of the aircraft.

White House Call to Action to Save One of America’s Most Important Natural Resources – Soil

The President of the United States has issued a national Call to Action and is forming an interagency group to protect America’s soil. This action sends a clear message to Australian policy makers that a nationally co-ordinated approach is essential for the preservation of this critical resource.

Indonesia to Introduce Tax Havens

The Widodo Government is trying to encourage Indonesian businesses to move their overseas assets back to, and keep them within, Indonesia, but the optimistic targets and hoped-for revenues will probably not be achieved.

Low Oil Prices Continue to Hamper Saudi Economy

The current economic crisis in Saudi Arabia is symptomatic of internal weaknesses within the Kingdom and, if current trends continue, could be a harbinger of things to come.

New Investment Flows into China’s Water Industry

China puts its money where its mouth is as new investment creates the means to address water insecurity.

Wang’s Meeting With Indian Leaders: Not Necessarily a Meeting of Minds

Despite the implied overtures of goodwill emanating from Beijing, New Delhi is hardly likely to change its trajectory vis-à-vis the South China Sea.

Ethiopia on the Brink? Clashes between Protestors and Government Threaten Domestic and Regional Stability

Violence between Ethiopia’s two largest ethnic groups and the central government could foreshadow greater instability in this part of north-eastern Africa.

India’s Summer Monsoon: Implications for Agricultural Economy and Food Security

India’s summer monsoon is expected to break the two-year drought and revitalise India’s national agricultural economy.

Seychelles to Reform Taxation System

Reform of the tax system may benefit workers, but a subsequent reduction in government tax revenue coupled with probable future fluctuations in tourist arrivals and fuel and food prices might pose future economic tests for the archipelago state.

Spike in Violence Causes Concern for Food and Water Security in South Sudan

Political instability, increasing food prices and disease outbreaks, all contribute to the worsening food and water crisis currently gripping South Sudan.

Indonesia: Human Rights Activist Faces Prosecution

The defamation charges against Haris Azhar are a move to protect officials allegedly involved with drug trafficking. Whether they succeed will depend on the willingness of President Widodo to tackle the suspected corruption within the National Police, the National Narcotics Agency and the military.

The World Stage is Set: Brazil’s Olympic Games, Climate Change and Water Security

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the controversies surrounding Brazil’s political, economic and environmental challenges capture the reality that Brazil is struggling with the implications of climate change and long-term water security.

Indonesian Police Arrest Suspected Militants Planning Singapore Attack

The arrest of the six suspected militants fits a broader pattern of Islamist radicalisation and offers sobering lessons that any successful anti-radicalisation policy should incorporate.

Pakistan’s Elected Government Must Regain Control of its Foreign Policy

The ongoing political and security risks that Pakistan faces stem in large measure from the inability of the democratically-elected federal government to take charge of its foreign policy.

The Development of Northern Australia: Reports of Demise May be Exaggerated

The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory appears increasingly pessimistic about the progress of initiatives to promote the development of Northern Australia. At this time, however, his lack of confidence may be premature.

Food and Water Security in a Hotter Middle East

The governments of the Middle East must find a regional solution to secure food and water resources against an increasingly hostile climate, a course of action that will require overcoming historical tensions.

In Southern Africa, the Effects of El Niño Endanger Millions of Lives

The El Niño-induced drought has endangered the upcoming harvest season. A combination of short-term humanitarian assistance and long-term development in climate resilient agricultural techniques and technology will better support food and water security.

The Agriculture-Forestry Nexus: A Response to Emerging Food Production Challenges

Long-term food security is likely to benefit from the integration of trees into agricultural systems.

US Lawsuit A Threat to Malaysian Prime Minister

A lawsuit filed in the United States provides evidence that funds were siphoned into Prime Minister Najib’s personal account but it is unlikely to have any severe repercussions for his leadership before the 2018 general election.

Philippines: President Duterte Threatens to Backtrack on Paris Climate Change Agreement

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has attracted controversy by claiming that he will ‘not honour’ his country’s commitment to the Paris Climate Change Agreement raising questions about the future trajectory of Philippine climate change policy.

What Marrakesh Can Learn from Paris: COP22 and the Need for a Realistic Climate Policy

The next meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP22, is scheduled for November 2016 in Marrakesh. After the optimism of Paris, COP22 will be forced to face the challenge of converting the aspiration of COP 21 into reality.

African National Congress could face Significant Losses in Local Government Elections

If pre-election opinion polls are confirmed on 3 August, the municipal elections now underway in South Africa may mark the beginning of the end of the political supremacy African National Congress.

The Qatari Economy: A Difficult Road Ahead?

The economy of Qatar is currently in a strong position and short-term indicators suggest it will continue to post impressive economic figures, but longer term projections indicate an over reliance on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), coupled with an expected decline in LNG prices will likely test Qatar’s resilience in the future.

Final Investment Decision Looms as Mozambique Economic Crisis Grows

Encumbered by high sovereign debt and rising inflation, the government of Mozambique eagerly awaits Eni’s decision on whether it will move forward with the Rovuma Basin Area IV liquefied natural gas project. If it does, the country stands to reap huge economic benefits and avoid potential financial disaster.

China Expected to Sail Through Floods with Minimal Difficulty

The worst flooding since 1998 is unlikely to have any significant impact on Chinese political stability, food security or the economy.

Tanks, Visas and Chinese Justness: India’s Correct Stance

India’s stance against China is one against Chinese perceptions of self-righteousness and is indicative of the growing international trend to stand up to bullying.

Combatting Islamic State in Malaysia

The “Arabisation” and politicisation of Islam could further the cause of Islamic State recruiters in Malaysia. Arresting such recruiters is a start, but a stronger counter-narrative is also needed.

Pakistan to Take Dam Construction Dispute with India to International Arbitration

Pakistan’s decision to refer to The Hague a dispute with India regarding water sharing and dam construction on the Kishanganga and Ratle rivers is an indication of Pakistan’s desire to enhance and strengthen its diplomatic position in regard to Indus River water sharing.

Bangladesh: Four Women Arrested in post-7/16 Anti-Militant Sweep

The 1 July 2016 attack in Dhaka and the subsequent arrest of four female militants, if representative of broader trends, demolish an enduring myth concerning Islamic radicalisation. As such, an urgent investigation free from preconceptions and political correctness is required to comprehend the drivers of radicalisation and prevent future attacks.

Anti-Government Protests Grow as Zimbabwe Faces New Crash

The wave of popular and social media protests will not be sufficient to unseat the Mugabe Government but they are an unprecedented manifestation of public discontent as the country heads into its worst economic crisis since the hyperinflation of 2005-09.

New Zealand and Indonesia Talk Trade and Security

In reaching an agreement on the export of breeding cattle, fisheries management and potentially greater participation in the dairy industry, the two countries’ leaders may have set the stage for closer trade, investment and security co-operation between Indonesia and New Zealand.

The Party Before the Country: India’s Congress Party and the GST Bill

If the Congress Party does not support the GST Bill in the Upper House, it could be a major impediment to India’s economic growth and detrimental to its own good.

Action on Global Food Security set to become Major Part of President Obama’s Legacy

With the passing of the Global Food Security Act, US engagement in global efforts to further agricultural development has been strengthened.

Pakistan’s Latest Challenge: The Test of Its Friendship with the US

Washington’s decision to determine if Pakistan is really a friend of the US calls into question its own motivations.

Modi to Boost Defence and Security Co-operation with South Africa

The undertaking, given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the South African sector of his strategic African tour, could benefit defence exporters in both countries.

Indonesia Hostage Crisis: How A Three-Way Security Challenge Could Help ASEAN

In light of the recent hostage crisis in the Sulu/Sulawesi Seas, the framework for trilateral maritime policing is an important step in response, but as the agreements come to fruition the potential for overall deepening in future ASEAN and regional maritime co-operation can realised.

Environmental Impact of the 2015 Forest Fires: A Wakeup Call for Indonesia

Jakarta remains slow to act on its promises to protect the forests of Indonesia that were given in the wake of last year’s forest fire season.

Beijing and the Natuna Islands: Some Cautious Sabre-Rattling from Jokowi

Jakarta’s increased defence expenditure has projected a hard power response to China’s ongoing maritime incursions in the seas around the Natuna Islands, but it also masks underlying problems at the heart of its naval and coast guard assets and which threaten a truly effective response.

Iran Threatens to Invade Iraqi Kurdistan

Iran’s threat to invade Iraqi Kurdistan demonstrates its anxiety about losing political influence and even relevance in Iraq, in particular, and the region in general at a time when arch-rival Saudi Arabia appears to have made progress in Yemen.

Mauritius: Foreign Direct Investment to Surge

The economic credentials of Mauritius continue to be in good standing, with predictions that foreign direct investment will grow by as much as 46 per cent this year, even allowing for the amended taxation treaty with India and the British exit from the European Union.

Balancing Trade and Stockpiles Crucial for Maintaining Food Security

As the potential for food price volatility remains, maintaining a balance between global trade and domestic stockpiles is likely to be the best course of action to reduce the impact of food insecurity caused by tightening supply.

The Natuna Islands, China and the Jokowi Pushback

A cohesive response from Jakarta has created a rare pushback in its maritime dispute with Beijing over the waters surrounding the Natuna Islands and potentially signalling a new heading in Jokowi’s regional foreign policy.

India, the MTCR and China: A Case of Quid Pro Quo?

The veto by China of India’s application for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group could be an indication of its own inability to gain membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime.

South African Rand Takes Early Hit in Wake of Brexit Vote

Despite gaining value against the British pound, the rand suffered heavy losses against the US dollar as investors fled emerging market currencies. Economic and political circumstances in South Africa mean that the rand will remain a volatile currency.

Balancing Food and Biofuel Likely to be Challenging

If the global food system comes under increased pressure in the decades ahead, biofuels could still harm food security.

Bleak Opinion Polls for ANC as Local Govt Elections Approach

The poor showing of the African National Congress in these latest polls is effectively an indictment of the ruling party under the government of scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma.

New Laws in Tanzania a Positive First Step towards Reducing Land-Related Conflict

New laws will redistribute much-needed land to peasant farmers in Tanzania, but they will not entirely stop land-related conflicts from arising.

Looming Floods in India and Bangladesh Turn the Spotlight on Teesta Water-Sharing Agreement

Recent heavy rains and impending floods in West Bengal and Bangladesh have underscored the need for a Teesta River water-sharing agreement, which is likely to receive renewed attention in the aftermath of the West Bengal elections.

Why the NSG Should Say “Yes” to Indian Membership

A decision by the Nuclear Suppliers Group to deny India membership would only highlight its own shortcomings and double standards.

Sub-Saharan Dryland Fisheries and African Food Security

Supporting the development of fisheries in dryland areas of Sub-Saharan Africa could increase food security in the region, but a better understanding of environmental constraints is necessary.

Modi’s Visit to Washington: Putting Pressure on China?

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Washington has aligned India more closely with the United States, putting strategic pressure on China and, by extension, Pakistan.

Reducing Global Food Loss and Wastage is now Achievable

The introduction of a global reporting standard for the issue will finally allow for a functional approach between governments, businesses and organisations towards achieving a sustainable future.

High Price of Beef Driving Indonesian Shift on Imports

Indonesia’s shift in attitude to its beef imports shows an increased willingness to take economic and biosecurity risks to service its domestic price pressures.

Wheat Blast Outbreak Threatens Food Security in Bangladesh and Beyond

With Bangladesh experiencing the first recorded outbreak of wheat blast in Asia, concern is mounting that the disease may spread further, particularly to India and Pakistan, with negative impacts for regional food security.

Cape Town Economy to Receive Roads Boost in Mayor’s Five-Year Vision

While Mayor Patricia de Lille will certainly have the August local government elections in mind, the infrastructure improvements should also aid doing business in South Africa’s second city.

Food Insecurity in Australia: A Hidden Problem

The recent resources boom has done little to improve levels of food insecurity in Australia, as more and more Australians seek assistance from not-for-profit food assistance programmes like FoodBank.

Ethiopia Announces New Dam Project: The Koysha Dam

With two dams already under construction, Ethiopia has confirmed plans to build a third that may generate further tension and water insecurity for the region.

Global Research Increasing to Reduce Domestic Livestock Emissions

The environmental threat posed by increasing levels of methane gas is the subject of investigation and research around the world in order to reduce the amounts of gas produced and emitted by domesticated livestock.

Completion of Salma Dam Sparks Pro-India Sentiment in Afghanistan

The Salma Dam will provide much-needed water to drought-ridden Herat, but its construction represents far more than a charitable gesture to a war-torn nation.

The Winner of China’s Attempt to Block India’s Bid for NSG Membership: The US?

Any attempt by China to block India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group will only drive the latter closer to the United States.

Mozambique Moves Closer to Default

A credit downgrade underlines the debt crisis that Mozambique has borrowed itself into and indicates a growing likelihood that the country will default on its loan repayments.

Toxin Accumulation: A Threat to the Global Food Supply?

Warmer climates could increase the risk of toxin accumulation in the global food supply, potentially decreasing the amount of food available for an expanding global population.

The Port State Measures Agreement: A New Hope for Marine Ecosystems?

International illegal fishing is a major problem in commercial fisheries. It poses a serious threat to the effective conservation and management of many fish stocks. The Port State Measures Agreement seeks to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Its effective implementation, however, particularly for developing countries, may only be an aspiration for the immediate future.

Myanmar Hosts High-Level Roundtable on Water Security and Sustainable Development Goals

The roundtable, while limited in outcomes, was a positive step for the Government of Myanmar, signalling the new democracy’s dedication to water reform and management.

Malaysia: Islamic Law Bill Provides Cover for PM

It is unlikely that the Bill will be passed, but for Prime Minister Najib Razak it provides a welcome distraction from corruption allegations.

China: Water Scarcity and the Development of Xinjiang Province

The high risk of water scarcity in China’s north-western province of Xinjiang could have future implications for the country if Beijing decides to build industry in the region.

Climate Change Threatens Agriculture in Sri Lanka

Despite increasing temperatures and sporadic monsoon seasons, Sri Lanka has been slow to respond to the impacts of climate change. If no action is taken, both the agricultural industry and national economy face significant losses in the future.

Economic Ties that Bind: The China-South Africa Relationship

South Africa has more to gain from the relationship than China, with the former seeking continued investment and the favour of an economic power, while the latter gains a receptive gateway in its continued expansion into the African continent.

South Africa and Iran Announce Joint Agreement on Desalination Technologies

South Africa’s announcement of a “binational agreement” with Iran to develop desalination plants seems unnecessary considering South Africa’s own domestic desalination capabilities. It is likely that the agreement forms part of a broader plan to reinvigorate South Africa-Iran relations.

US to Place India on Par with NATO Allies, but can New Delhi Accept?

While the United States may endeavour to bring its ties with India to a level comparable with those of its NATO allies, acceding to such a relationship would require a paradigm shift in India’s foreign policy.

Extreme Food Crises Left Unaddressed at World Humanitarian Summit

A poor food security outlook for most of Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to put the international aid system under further strain, a situation that has not been rectified by the World Humanitarian Summit.

Mayotte: Foreign Legion Deployment to Tackle Illegal Immigration

The military deployment may temporarily slow the number of illegal arrivals to Mayotte but, given the disparities between it and the Comoros, it will not be a solution in itself.

Biodiversity: An Integral Part of Food Security

A failure to preserve biodiversity will weaken efforts to protect the global food supply from pestilence, disease and other environmental threats.

Iran’s Missile Tests: The Challenge for the Next US President

The most recent Iranian missile test demonstrates the failure of the Obama Administration’s to enforce the terms of the UN Security Council’s Resolutions and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Agreement.

The East African Drought and the Importance of Land Restoration

Following severe droughts in East Africa, land restoration may play an important role in mitigating some of the adverse environmental effects that threaten food and water security, particularly in Ethiopia.

Uganda Chooses Tanzania over Kenya for Oil Pipeline Route

Uganda has chosen Tanzania over Kenya as the route for its crude oil production, expected to come online in 2020. It is only the most recent in a series of snubs that Kenya has experienced, losing out to its neighbours as a trade corridor.

The Paris Climate Change Agreement and New York Ratification: A Loose Guideline or Urgent Climate Action?

The Paris Climate Change Agreement has brought about excitement bordering on euphoria, but closer analysis reveals a less certain reality. The sense of global unity is indeed progress but, without immediate action, the agreement may become a comforting, though short-term illusion.

Growth Slows to New Low in Malaysia

Economic growth has hit a six-year low in Malaysia, further delaying the goal of becoming a fully developed economy by 2020. As most of the factors hindering the economy are external, there is little that the Malaysian Government can do to reverse the trend.

World Bank Report: The Effect of Water Scarcity on Economic Growth

The implementation of the policies outlined in the report will require regional and local-level approaches to ensure that they are suited to the complexities of each region and can successfully reduce the impact of water scarcity on economic growth.

Myanmar-Russia Military Co-operation to Increase

The possible use of Russian military hardware and training in quelling long-running civil conflicts could be an indication of unified political support for the swift pacification of the country and a previously unseen level of co-operation between democrats and the military.

Mr Modi Goes to Washington: To Up the Ante or for More of the Same?

Modi’s state visit to Washington in June could herald the breakthrough sought by both sides in their growing relationship.

WA Biodiversity Conservation Bill – Balancing Environmental Protection and Economic Development

The WA Biodiversity Conservation Bill is currently before State Parliament and aims to provide much-needed improvements and modernisation to existing legislation. It may, however, fail to strike the appropriate balance between protecting the environment and promoting a growing and sustainable economy.

Malaysian Government Strengthens Hold on Power in Sarawak

While the election strengthens the ruling party’s hold on power for now, it does not indicate increasing support for Prime Minister Najib Razak throughout the rest of Malaysia.

Saudi Arabia Faces Possible Backlash over Cuts to Water Subsidies

Consistently low oil prices have taken their toll on Saudi Arabia and, while economic restructuring is necessary, the kingdom must balance out the risk of social instability in an already troubled region.

South Africa Avoids Credit Rating Downgrade … For Now

The strength and independence of the South African judicial system helped to stave off a credit rating downgrade but without reforms to restore confidence, boost growth and address corruption, Pretoria may still face a downgrade before the end of this year.

Two-Billion Dollar Scandal Carries Risk of Future Instability in Mozambique

Delayed repayments for loans secretly acquired by the previous government need to be resolved, and stricter monitoring programmes to suppress corruption implemented, to prevent instability and encourage overseas donors to resume their financial assistance.

Grain Production at Risk as Drought Continues in the Indo-Pacific

Predictions of a repeat of the 2007/08 food shortage may come to pass if co-ordinated international action does not take place.

Indonesia’s Calm Strategy against Terrorism

Indonesia continues to rely on its de-radicalisation programme as a means of counter-propaganda while focussing on security through closer co-operation with regional neighbours.

Emerging Middle Eastern Locust Plague Could Heighten Dependence on Trade-based Food Security

Abnormally high levels of rain and civil war combine to make Yemen a perfect breeding ground for locusts, potentially unleashing a plague upon parts of the Middle East.

South Africa-Iran Agreements Signify Co-operation in More than Energy

Eight new agreements covering trade, tourism, water management and energy have the potential for Iran to demonstrate that it can successfully reintegrate into world markets without conflicting with those sanctions that remain in place.

Shifting Sands: Saudi Arabia and the Turn from Oil

While the proposed decrease in reliance upon revenues obtained from oil exports is commendable, the implementation of the project will need to be carefully monitored to ensure its success.

Seychelles to Assist Investigations into Malaysia 1MDB Scandal

The announcement by Seychelles president of co-operation with 1MDB investigation relates more to projecting transparency rather than fixing wrongdoing in Malaysia as the Seychelles focusses on growing its financial services sector.

South Africa: May Day Birth of New Trade Union Opens Further Fractures

South Africa’s divided trade unions represent a key political battleground heading into local government elections in August that will act as an important gauge on the performance of the central government.

Singapore: Non-Oil Exports Drop to Lowest Level in Three Years

Falling non-oil domestic exports are indicative of the effect of sluggish global economic growth on the Singaporean economy, but its diversity and status as a major regional trading hub will aid it in overcoming a coming period of low growth.

India’s Growing Assertiveness vis-à-vis China

The granting by India of a visa to a rebel Uighur leader is yet another instance of its assertive stance in matters relating to China since Prime Minister Modi took office.

Delayed Arms Sale to Qatar: “Jet Fighter Diplomacy”?

The delay of a multi-billion dollar sale of fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait by the United States highlights the complexities of geopolitics in the Persian Gulf, particularly Qatar’s relationships with its neighbours and its suspected ties to Islamist militants, as it seeks greater regional influence.

Iran Attempts to Reverse the Decline of the Region’s Largest Saltwater Lake

Iran faces a potential water crisis, as well as significant damage to the nation’s agricultural and tourism industries if it cannot quickly counteract the rapid decline of Lake Urmia.

Indonesia: Groundwater Decline is Causing Jakarta to Sink

Land subsidence is increasing at a rapid rate and parts of Jakarta could sink below sea level unless action is taken.

Jokowi Announces Indonesian Palm Oil and Mining Moratorium

The temporary ban has been welcomed by environmental activists, though it remains to be seen if it will be enforced.

China Prepares for Severe Flooding and Crop Damage

After the severe 2015-16 El Niño, there are rising concerns about China’s agricultural sector and its capacity to deal with a natural disaster as well as the impact that it could have on international markets.

Democratic Government Spreading its Wings in the New Myanmar

The mass release of political prisoners and activists is an expected post-election move by the NLD government but, despite remarkable progress and the high regard held for Aung San Suu Kyi, the benefits of democracy are yet to reach all of the country’s peoples.

The India-US LEMOA: Turning From Non-Alignment?

India’s bilateral Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) with the United States could herald a strategic shift in its non-aligned stance.

First Steps towards a Pakistan-Mauritius Free Trade Agreement?

The visit to Pakistan of Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim could help to pave the way towards a Pakistan-Mauritius Free Trade Agreement, potentially enabling Pakistani businesses to tap into the successful Mauritian economy.

China Seeks to Build Rapport Downstream

The release of water from a Chinese dam into the Mekong River is less an act of benevolence and more one of self-interested hydro-diplomacy.

Can Malaysia Learn from Singapore’s Success against Corruption?

While some lessons can be learned from Singapore, greater political will is needed if Malaysia is to stamp out corruption.

Myanmar: Recovering from Last Year’s Floods, Rakhine State Struggles with its Food Supply

The already disadvantaged Rakhine Rohingya face increased poverty and malnourishment if the food supply does not improve, potentially contributing to another refugee crisis in the near future.

Modi’s Visit to Saudi Arabia: Oil and Geopolitics

Modi’s visit to Riyadh may be viewed as an effort to come between the Saudis and Pakistan, but his primary motivation is likely to be to maximise access to Saudi oil to enhance India’s energy security.

Lower Oil Prices to Flow from Doha Meeting?

Low oil prices have driven a number of states dependent on oil revenues to seek a co-operative deal to stabilise, or even cut, production in an effort to increase prices.

Madagascar: Resignation of PM Points to New Political Instability

Although support for democratically elected President Hery Rajaonarimampianina is strong within the international community, the recent resignation of Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo may be viewed as another disruptive episode within a long history of political volatility that shows no sign of abating.

The Singapore-United States Relationship: Fifty Years On

The US-Singapore relationship is in good standing and will continue to progress while their strategic interests remain closely aligned.

UAE: Facility to Produce Food and Fuel Launched in Abu Dhabi

A new research facility in Abu Dhabi will assist with plans to achieve food self-sufficiency.

Bhutan: Economic Reliance on Hydropower places it at India’s Mercy

Bhutan relies heavily on hydropower to meet its energy agreement with India, but there is increasing evidence that this reliance is at the expense of its conservation policy.

India’s Unnecessary Unease with US Perceptions of its Nuclear Security

President Obama’s off-the-cuff remark about India, like Pakistan, being an area of concern vis-à-vis its nuclear arsenal should not cause New Delhi undue anxiety.

UK Looking to Increase Military and Economic Involvement in Oman

Greater military and economic co-operation between Oman and the United Kingdom, including the establishment of military bases, could hold significant strategic importance to the regional power balance and represents a strengthened British presence as Iran returns to the international fold.

Zuma Still under Pressure after Surviving Impeachment Vote

South African President Jacob Zuma is facing a growing momentum against him that may end his leadership of both the country and the African National Congress.

The Non-Resolution of Indo-Nepali Relations After L ’Affair Madhesi

In attempting to play the China card in order to influence New Delhi, Nepali Prime Minister Oli has probably shot himself in the foot.

Water Insecurity in India Paints an Uncertain Future for Agriculture

Centuries of unregulated groundwater use, as well as deficient and late monsoonal periods, have caused alarm in India’s agricultural sector, where water-stressed farmers may be forced to abandon their livelihoods.

Seychelles: IMF Praises Economy but Calls for Offsets to Spending and Tax Cuts

If the Seychelles Government can successfully manage the potentially adverse macroeconomic effects of its proposed anti-poverty initiatives, the country should be well-placed to enjoy the benefits of its economic growth.

Uganda-Tanzania Oil Pipeline Decision will Affect Kenyan LAPSSET Project

The agreement between Uganda and Tanzania to construct a crude oil pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania’s Indian Ocean port of Tanga could have negative implications for Kenya’s ambitions to become the regional transportation and logistical hub and limit its flagship LAPSSET project.

Water: An Underappreciated Economic Resource

The 2016 UN World Water Development Report focuses on the relationship between water and jobs, an underappreciated aspect of water security that highlights the vital role it plays in the global economy.

Myanmar Foreign Policy under Aung San Suu Kyi

The newly-installed National League for Democracy government will not substantially change the country’s longstanding foreign policy approach of maintaining friendly, balanced and independent relations with regional neighbours and great powers alike.

A Debate Worth Having: An Australian Sugar Tax

Given Australia’s increasing and alarming obesity rate, the debate of a tax to discourage consumption of sugary drinks is warranted.

Indonesian Sovereignty Challenged by China?

An incident involving a Chinese fishing boat in Indonesian waters has raised concerns over the security of its Exclusive Economic Zone, but it is unlikely that the incident will provoke a rash response from Jakarta.

New Credit Downgrade Threat Hanging Over South Africa

Given the current parlous state of the economy and its generally bleak future prospects, together with the possibility of turmoil within the government, another credit downgrade cannot be ruled out, further reducing both the government’s borrowing power and investor confidence.

Economic Recovery for Indian Farmers

Attempting to mitigate rising criticism and falling popularity, the Modi Administration promises a better future for struggling farmers in its 2016/17 Union Budget.

Iraq: Mosul Dam Breach a Disaster in Waiting

Alarming concern has been expressed by the Iraqi Government, the United States Embassy in Iraq and the UN over the inevitable risk of disaster if the Mosul Dam were to fail.

Indonesia Seeking to Boost Investment from South Korea

Early signs of greater South Korean investment in Indonesia look promising, although investors could face an uphill battle in the long term unless President Widodo manages to implement economic reforms.

Global Food Security at Risk as Pollinator Populations Decline

It is hoped that a new UN-sponsored report will push governments to take action to protect pollinators.

China: The Impact of New Agricultural Reforms on Food Security

The Chinese Government’s first policy statement of the year highlights the need for supply-side reforms in the agricultural sector to improve quality and efficiency while continuing to guarantee food security.

Modi’s Visit to Saudi Arabia Could Herald New Beginning for Indo-Pakistani Relations

Modi could use Riyadh’s standing in Islamabad to overcome a history of antagonism and engineer a new beginning with Pakistan.

Jordan: Resource Scarcity and an Increasing Population

Jordan is struggling to maintain water security amid the impacts of climate change, the Syrian refugee crisis and less aid from the United Nations.

Pastoral Lease Reform in Western Australia Offers Agricultural Diversification

The West Australian Government has plans to introduce legislation in June 2016 that would see traditional pastoral leases expand to allow new business ventures.

Political Machinations in Malaysia: Mahathir Unites with Foes to Oust Najib

An improbable coalition of former enemies is probably more likely to cost Dr Mahathir Mohamad his reputation rather than force current Prime Minister Najib Razak from office.

India: Change Beckons, but can Modi Seize the Opportunity?

There are growing signs that India is on the verge of breaking through its demographic and economic shackles – provided that the Modi Administration can demonstrate true statesmanship.

South Sudan’s Admittance to the East African Community Could Affect Food Security

South Sudan’s admittance to the East African Community is a positive step for the developing nation, but must be accompanied by wide-ranging domestic reforms in order to strengthen the economy and improve the lives of its people.

Southern Africa: Leaders Meet to Address Issues Facing Agriculture and Food Security

A meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a crucial first step towards mitigating the impacts of the El Niño weather pattern, considered the worst in the region’s history.

Indonesia: Struggling with Palm Oil Revenue and Defence Cuts

The announcement of spending cuts by the Indonesian Government highlights concerns over the slowing economy, reduced earnings from an important export and the implications that the cuts may hold for the defence force.

Myanmar: Stalled Chinese Hydropower Project an Issue for Incoming Government

The new administration in Naypyidaw will need to address stalled Chinese hydropower projects, with potential ramifications for the future bilateral relationship.

Iran in Syria: The Danger of Enhanced Sectarianism

Iran may wish to ensure that the Assad regime continues in Syria but it needs to be careful that its actions do not exacerbate the danger that the civil war and other rivalries there might descend into an overtly-sectarian conflict.

Water-borne Cholera Outbreak in East Africa and the Middle East

Doctors are concerned that an outbreak of cholera, which began in 2015 and spread throughout east Africa and the Middle East, threatens to worsen with the upcoming rainy season.

South African Budget: Will It Be Enough?

The social spending in this year’s Budget will please the government’s less well-off supporters, but its trade union partners will be concerned by the possibility of future public service cuts and privatisations, even though the measures may not be enough to revive the weak economy.

South-East Asia: La Niña Predicted to Bring Relief and Hardship to the Region

Heavier than normal rains due to the La Niña weather phenomenon are expected to ease two years of drought for India, while Indonesia and Bangladesh prepare for its negative effects.

Indonesia: More Economic Plans Announced

Despite the President’s announcement to reform the Indonesian economy it will take a long time before any substantial changes can be effected.

India: With a Rising Economy, the Rise of Saffron Power

While the Modi Government has overseen the growth of the country’s economy, India is witnessing a similar growth in fundamentalist nationalism.

Indian Protesters Cut Off New Delhi’s Water Supply

Protesters in the northern Indian state of Haryana have caused major damage to public infrastructure and precious water supplies, demonstrating the precariousness of New Delhi’s water supply.

State of the Nation: Seychelles President Charts Course for Year Ahead

A combination of tax cuts and increased social spending while restricting the pensions paid to MPs and government ministers should go down well with the public and facilitate further economic growth and rises in living standards.

Egypt: Economic Woes Weaken Food Security but Pose Little Threat of Unrest

Weakening economic conditions endanger food imports vital for sustaining the government’s politically-sensitive food subsidy scheme, but a popular uprising in the near future remains unlikely.

The Importance of Food and Nutrition in Aboriginal Communities

Following the release of the eighth annual ‘Closing the Gap’ report, data demonstrates that Indigenous communities in Australia still lack access to basic nutritional foods – a key requirement if social disadvantage is to be eliminated.

Indonesia’s Role in the US-ASEAN Summit

Indonesia will likely take a leading role in the US-ASEAN summit especially in regard to counter-terrorism, but may struggle to procure any unified ASEAN response to the South China Sea Dispute.

Mekong River Commission Faces Challenging Future

At a time when the Mekong River Basin faces immense challenges, it could be up to external actors to foster a collaborative environment for sustainable economic development.

Bangladesh and Free Speech: Giving in to the Extremists?

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheik Hasina must take – and be seen to take – immediate action against extremists who threaten bloggers and others to prevent her country from descending into an abyss of intolerance.

South Africa: Zuma Calls for End to Multiple Capital Cities Structure

The President’s call to move Parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria as a cost-saving measure may simply have been intended as a diversion because the savings, if any, are likely to be few.

Headwinds and Some Good News for the Indonesian Economy in 2016

While the Widodo Government continues to focus on reforms, external factors that act against the Indonesian economy continue to discourage investors.

Thailand: Drought, Water-Sourcing and the Potential Implications

Thailand, which is experiencing drought conditions, is rushing to secure new water sources to meet demand over the dry season.

Narendra Modi: Unshackling Indian Business

Critics who complain that Modi has not met the expectations of Big Business may need to change their opinion as he lays the groundwork for major changes to the way India does business.

Pakistan: New National Water Policy Faces Scrutiny

Ambiguity over treaties and water-sharing between provinces may impede the implementation of Pakistan’s new National Water Policy.

South Africa: Difficulties for Zuma Ahead of State of the Nation Address

After a difficult 2015, President Jacob Zuma will use this year’s address to inform South Africans that he still has the ability to restore confidence and turn the country around.

Food Commodity Prices Fall in 2015

Food prices fell in 2015 for a fourth consecutive year but increasing pressures on the global food system suggest this is likely to be a short-term trend.

The UAE, Pakistan and the Proposal for a Water Pipeline

A 500-kilometre underground pipeline from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates has been proposed as a solution to solving water scarcity in the UAE.

Mauritius: A Big Year Ahead for the Tourism Industry?

The Mauritian Government has high hopes for the country’s tourism industry in the year ahead and is counting on it being a significant component of a “second economic miracle”.

The Water Tower of Africa Faces its Worst Drought in Decades

Four hundred thousand children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition, with up to ten million in critical need of food aid.

India’s Satellite Tracking Station in Vietnam: An Eye on China?

India’s planned satellite tracking station in Vietnam demonstrates their converging threat perceptions and underlines their growing ties.

Strategic Weekly Analysis

16 December 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 47. Download PDF   From the Institute Director   Articles Published 9 December - 15 December: Strategic Analysis Paper Global Implications of New Groundwater Research: In this paper, FDI Research Manager Mervyn Piesse provides an analysis of a new study on global groundwater. The study suggests that global groundwater supplies are replenished...

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9 December 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 46. Download PDF From the Institute Director Articles Published 2 December - 8 December: Strategic Analysis Paper The Indus River and Agriculture in Pakistan: In this paper, FDI Research Manager Mervyn Piesse analyses agricultural water use in Pakistan and finds that it is heavily reliant upon the Indus River. Decades of poor...

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2 December 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Vol. 6, № 45. Download PDF   From the Institute Director Articles Published 24 November - 1 December: Strategic Analysis Paper South Africa – Political Challenges: In this paper, FDI Indian Ocean Research Programme Manager Leighton Luke examines the political challenges facing South Africa. He finds that the African National Congress has now become...

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25 November 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 44. Download PDF From the Institute Director   Articles Published 19 November - 24 November: Associate Paper Embrace and Encircle? China’s approaches to India and their effect: In this paper, Senior Visiting Fellow, Dr Auriol Weigold, observes that China’s trade routes, sea- and land-based encircle India with hard-power undertones and soft power...

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18 November 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 43. Download PDF From the Institute Director   Articles Published 11 November - 18 November: Associate Paper December in Paris - Determining the Future of the Planet: The 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Its aim, for the first time,...

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11 November 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 42. Download PDF   From the Institute Director Articles Published 4 November - 11 November: Associate Paper The Armed Forces and the Democratic Transition in Myanmar While Myanmar’s armed forces (the Tatmadaw) have never seen themselves as having separate military and political roles, since President Thein Sein’s accession in 2011, Myanmar’s executive...

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4 November 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 41. Download PDF From the Institute Director   Articles Published 29 October - 3 November: Strategic Analysis Paper The Indus Treaty Revisited – India-Pakistan Water Sharing The treaty between India and Pakistan needs to be revised so as to consider increased populations, climatic and environmental pressures. Such revisions are unlikely to occur...

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28 October 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 40. Download PDF From the Institute Director Articles Published 21 October - 28 October: Associate Paper India and Iran Meet in Chabahar – Part Two: Why India? If India is to have the assured access to Central Asia that it seeks in the absence of a breakthrough in its relationship with Pakistan,...

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21 October 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 39. Download PDF From the Institute Director Articles Published 14 October - 20 October: Associate Paper Pakistan’s Security Outlook in the Global Power Shift – Part 2 Pakistan’s new security policy emphasises neutrality as a key characteristic of its international engagements. Its efforts to balance its relationship with the US, on the...

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14 October 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 38. Download PDF From the Institute Director   Articles Published 8 October - 14 October: Associate Paper Pakistan’s Security Outlook in the Global Power Shift – Part 1: Despite its many internal problems, Pakistan remains an active member of the international community. While it had a traditionally strong relationship with the US...

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7 October 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 37. Download PDF From the Institute Director   Articles Published 30 September - 7 October: Associate Paper India’s Strategic Vision and Sri Lanka’s National Security: Looking Out Ten Years. India will face three major challenges and opportunities in its relationship with Sri Lanka over the next decade: the continuing separatist threat to...

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30 September 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 36. Download PDF   From the Institute Director   Articles Published 22-29 September: Strategic Analysis Papers Indonesia as a Contributor to Regional Security. Indonesia is seeking to expand its naval capabilities and is likely to focus on defence diplomacy through bilateral relations while maintaining a mediatory role in the South China Seas....

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23 September 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 35. Download PDF   From the Institute Director FDI recognises the benefits of clearly identifying the papers it has recently produced and those that it intends to produce. From today, the introduction to the Strategic Weekly Analysis will cover three outcomes: Articles published over the previous seven days. Articles to be published...

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16 September 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 34. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Future Directions International, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with support from the Indian Ocean Rim Association Secretariat and the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, convened...

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2 September 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 33. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Future Directions International, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Indian Ocean Rim Association and the Observer Research Foundation, is pleased to host the second Indian Ocean Dialogue...

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26 August 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 32. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Looking ahead, Future Directions International, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Indian Ocean Rim Association and the Observer Research Foundation, is pleased to host the second Indian...

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19 August 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 31. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the SWA this week, we continue our examination of the implications of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 with an assessment of the potential effect of that agreement on...

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12 August 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 30. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Over the next week, FDI looks forward to analysing contrasting perceptions of the upcoming Iranian nuclear deal in Washington and Tehran and find opposition to the agreement in both capitals. We begin...

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5 August 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 29. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Over the next week, FDI looks forward to bringing you the second of a two-part analysis by FDI Associate Hussain Nadim that investigates the opportunities and challenges for Pakistan in terms of...

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29 July 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 28. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s SWA with an analysis of the opportunity presented by Iran to India in the wake of easing sanctions on Tehran’s energy exports and international trade ventures. We find...

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22 July 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 27. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the week ahead, FDI looks forward to part one of a two-part analysis by FDI Associate Hussain Nadim, in which he looks at the opportunities and challenges for Pakistan in terms...

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15 July 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 26. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the week ahead, FDI looks forward to an analysis by FDI Senior Visiting Fellow Auriol Weigold of the approach that Indonesia is likely to adopt when it takes over as Chair...

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Vol. 6, № 25. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the weeks ahead, FDI looks forward to publishing a paper analysing some of the key  opportunities and weaknesses confronting Pakistan, including governance, the civil-military balance, energy, food and water security,...

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Vol. 6, № 24. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the week ahead, FDI looks forward to publishing a paper analysing the importance of the biological fertility of soil. Also coming up, the Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme...

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24 June 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 23. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. The end of the financial year is fast approaching and I invite you to donate to FDI, before 30 June. Donations to FDI are tax deductible, as FDI has Deductible Gift Recipient...

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17 June 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 22. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. The end of the financial year is fast approaching and I invite you to donate to FDI, before 30 June. Donations to FDI are tax deductible, as FDI has Deductible Gift...

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10 June 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 6, № 21. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. The end of the financial year is fast approaching and I invite you to donate to FDI, before 30 June. Donations to FDI are tax deductible, as FDI has Deductible Gift Recipient...

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  Vol. 6, № 20. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin our coverage this week by analysing China’s development of an economic corridor, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and its investment in energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan. While this investment...

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Vol. 6, No. 19. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters,   Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin our coverage this week by examining the sinking of Chinese fishing vessels by Indonesian authorities as part of National Awakening Day and discuss the country’s on-going reluctance to damage...

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Download PDF Vol. 6, № 18 From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin our coverage this week with an examination Indonesia’s moratorium on the felling of its forests and note that, while the moratorium, which was initiated by the previous government, has been...

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Download PDF   Vol. 6, № 17. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week with an examination of the reasons for Saudi King Salman’s non-attendance at the Camp David summit in the US and note that while it may not be...

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Download PDF Vol. 6, № 16   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week with a look at post-earthquake Nepal, where the prognosis for disease outbreaks ahead of the monsoon season is not good. We then turn to the Middle East,...

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29 April 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 6, № 15   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week with an examination of the recent presidential elections held in Sudan that the current incumbent, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, won with a landslide majority of 94 per cent....

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22 April 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 6, № 14   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week with an examination of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Canada to acquire uranium to fuel India’s nuclear reactors over the next five years. We find...

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15 April 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Download PDF     Vol. 6, № 13.   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week in Pakistan, where we review the decision of the Pakistani Parliament to launch a consultative initiative with Turkey to find a diplomatic settlement to...

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8 April 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 6, № 12   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week with an analysis of the Iran-US nuclear negotiations. We examine some of the terms of the proposed agreement and analyse those to determine if the agreement is...

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1 April 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 6, № 11 From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin with an analysis of the deft economic diplomacy displayed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo who, on his visit to north-east Asia, has secured closer co-operation and investment...

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25 March 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 6, № 10     From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Following World Water Day on 22 March, we take a timely look at the progress made on two key water-sharing projects: in Africa, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and, in...

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18 March 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 6, № 9. From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. With World Water Day just around the corner, on 22 March, we take the opportunity to consider the role that water plays in sustainable development. Given that the Indian Ocean Region...

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11 March 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 6, № 7. Vol. 6, № 8. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s coverage with an examination of some of the key factors that have contributed to the dramatic drop in public support for Indonesian president Joko Widodo. Next, we assess...

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4 March 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 6, № 7. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s edition begins with an analysis of Kenya’s maize production, the problems the industry faces, including the decision of some farmers to cultivate roses instead of food crops such as maize and how its ties...

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25 February 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 6, № 6. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s edition opens with an analysis of the need for India to upgrade its economic credentials and military capabilities, as well as undertake an overhaul at the Ministry of Defence, ahead of Prime Minister...

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18 February 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 6, №5. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week by considering the implications of the requirement that foreign purchases of Australian agricultural land totalling more than $15 million be cleared by the Foreign Investment Review Board. We find the experience of New...

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11 February 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 6, № 4.   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Our coverage opens this week with an investigation into the prospects of an imminent conclusion to the protracted negotiations between India and Bangladesh over the water-sharing agreement for the Teesta River. Next, we turn to...

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4 February 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol.6, № 3 From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin with analysis of two political balancing acts. In the first, following on from our commentary last week, we examine India’s manoeuvring between China and Russia on the one hand and the West on...

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28 January 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 6, № 2. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we open with an analysis of US President Barack Obama’s visit to India, including the possible implications for Australia. Looking next to the Middle East, we assess the approaches that may be taken...

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21 January 2015 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Download PDF Vol. 6, № 1. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the first Strategic Weekly Analysis of 2015. We open this week’s edition with an analysis of what could be a thaw in China-US relations and the possible benefit to Australia. Turning our attention to oil pricing, we examine the...

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10 December 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 46.   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the final Strategic Weekly Analysis of 2014. This week’s edition begins with an analysis of the re-launched Health Star Rating (HSR) System, which will be an important means of providing consumers with more accessible information on food nutrition....

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3 December 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 45. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with an examination of Tanzania’s efforts to battle the corruption that plagues its energy sector. The country could lose much of its foreign aid if action is not taken soon....

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26 November 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 5, № 44. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with an examination of the potential that a Free Trade Agreement could hold for the Australianagricultural sector, particularly in terms of this country’s expertise in research, services and technology. Turning to...

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19 November 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 5, № 43. From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s edition begins with a discussion marking World Toilet Day. Access to improved water and sanitation is crucial to support development and economic growth in the Indo-Pacific Region. Greater investment, however, is urgently required...

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12 November 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 5, № 42   From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition with an examination of the communal violence against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Buddhist-majority Burma, resulting in over 100 thousand Rohingya fleeing the country and a further 700 thousand...

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5 November 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 41 From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition in Saudi Arabia where a criminal court has imposed the death sentence on a prominent Shi’a cleric. This could set off communal violence between its Shi’a and Sunni citizens...

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29 October 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 40   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition with an examination of the rising tensions along the Iran-Pakistan border. Sectarian violence between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims only serves to further exacerbate the violence. Turning to Yemen, we...

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22 October 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 5, № 39   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We start this week’s edition with an examination of Iran’s threat to strike Israel if the US strikes Assad in Syria. Given the stated US resolve to strike both Assad and Islamic State insurgents, Iran’s...

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15 October 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 38   From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s edition begins with an examination of the situation in Somalia. We note that corruption and ethnic strife in the country overshadows the recent military strikes against the al Shabaab group, adding...

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8 October 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 5, № 37.     From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s edition begins with an examination of India’s growing nuclear transparency. This development has enabled Indian delegates who met with their American counterparts in Washington to re-start the staled nuclear co-operation between the...

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1 October 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF      Vol. 5, № 36. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s edition begins with an examination of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the USA. During his visit, Mr Modi was issued with a summons. This report examines whether the potential development...

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24 September 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Vol. 5, № 35. Vol. 5, № 35. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s edition opens in the Middle East, where we consider whether Iran can draw closer to the West, in light of the common threat posed by the radical ISIL....

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17 September 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 34. From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s edition opens in the Middle East, where we analyse the implications of the decision by Qatar to ask leaders of the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood to leave the country. We...

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10 September 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF     Vol. 5, № 33.   From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin by examining the threat posed by the Islamic State to food and water security in Iraq. Despite being dislodged from the strategic – and vulnerable – Mosul Dam,...

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3 September 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 32.   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with further analysis of the potential for the Islamic State extremist movement to attract support in Indonesia. Building on last week’s coverage, we conclude that the prospects of IS gaining widespread support in...

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27 August 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 31. From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition with an analysis of the potential for the Islamic State extremist movement to attract support in Indonesia and how Jakarta may be able to prevent that happening. Turning to...

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20 August 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 30. Download PDF     From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with an analysis of the possibility that the extremist Islamist State militia, in concert with radical Pakistani cleric Abdul Maulana Aziz, may be turning its attention towards the...

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13 August 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 5, № 29. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with an examination of the likelihood of an Indo-Japanese civil nuclear agreement. We also consider the role that India’s negotiations for a similar agreement with Australia may play in that. Next,...

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6 August 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 28.   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin our coverage this week in Indonesia with an analysis of the role that the Indonesian parliament may play in both the latest challenge launched by defeated presidential contender Prabowo Subianto and in...

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30 July 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 27. From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition in Iraq, with an assessment of the importance of the country’s dams in the strategy of the Islamic State militia group.   Next, we look at relations between India...

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23 July 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 26. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with an analysis of Saudi Arabia’s renewed interest in India. A long-time friend of Pakistan, the Kingdom is now showing a great deal of interest in India. We consider the...

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16 July 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Download PDF Vol. 5, № 25.   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s edition begins in Indonesia with an analysis of the ongoing uncertainty following last week’s presidential election. The lack of a clear victor, with both candidates claiming to have won, and a possible...

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Download PDF Vol. 5, № 24.   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with a discussion of the new star-rated healthy food rating system, to be introduced to Australian consumers next month. Next, we turn to Pakistan and analyse the importance to its...

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Download PDF Vol. 5, № 23.   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s issue with a consideration of India’s possible response to the latest map produced by Beijing, which includes the disputed territory of Arunachal Pradesh within China’s borders. Our next article looks at...

Strategic Weekly Analysis

25 June 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   Vol. 5, № 22. From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, FDI is delighted to release its latest Landmark Study, Food and Water Security: Our Global Challenge. To download the study, please click here.     We begin this week’s Strategic Weekly Analysis by...

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18 June 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Vol. 5, № 21. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with a look at Australia’s live cattle trade with the Middle East and ask, can Australia compete with Brazil? The two countries will increasingly compete for market space in...

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11 June 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 20. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week with a warning that this year will see the return of the El Niño weather pattern, which may once again disrupt food supplies and political stability. Still on the subject of food...

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Vol. 5, №19. Download PDF     From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s coverage with an evaluation by FDI Senior Visiting Fellow Associate Professor Claude Rakisits of the implications of the fracturing of the Pakistani Taliban.   Next, we examine the issue of the...

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  Vol. 5, № 18. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s coverage by evaluating the implications of the decision by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to accept an invitation to the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister-elect, Narendra Modi. Keeping the...

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  Vol. 5, № 17. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s coverage with an assessment of the implications of the election of Narendra Modi for the India-US relationship. Staying in India we examine the issue of Modi’s stated intention to...

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Vol. 5, № 16. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s coverage with an analysis of the general and provincial elections in South Africa. In the country’s fifth post-apartheid poll, the ruling African National Congress has secured a comfortable win at...

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Vol. 5, № 15. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week with a discussion of the decision by the Egyptian Interim Government to reform the increasingly costly subsidy system that is crippling the country’s economy.  Next, we assess the outlook for investor...

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30 April 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 14 Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week with a look at the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which predicts serious consequences for this country’s agricultural sector. Next, we look at India and analyse...

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23 April 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 13. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Future Directions International Senior Visiting Fellow, Professor Lindsay Falvey, has very kindly offered a free copy of his latest book to the first 20 people who contact him directly at lindsay.falvey@gmail.com. Titled Beliefs that...

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16 April 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 12. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition in Indonesia, with an assessment of what might be expected from a Joko Widodo presidency. Returning home, we review the success of Australia’s North-Asia Trade Mission and the likely benefits of...

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9 April 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Vol. 5, № 11. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition with an assessment of the presidential election held in Afghanistan on 5 April. Next, we look at the food security implications for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)...

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2 April 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

 Vol. 5, №10. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition with an evaluation of the challenges posed to Indonesia by a high fertility rate. Our next piece examines the latest developments in the Iran-Pakistan and Nepal-India-China relationships. We then look at...

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26 March 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 9. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition by examining the long-term food security in the Philippines after the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Moving west, we analyse the threat posed by the Don Sahong Dam to food security...

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19 March 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 8. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition by marking World Water Week with an analysis of the water-energy nexus as the greatest challenge in managing resources sustainably into the future. In Australia, increasing cross-industry co-operation and management will...

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12 March 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Vol. 5, № 7 Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with an analysis of the longstanding relationship between India and Russia. Despite having drawn closer to Washington, New Delhi’s primary ally will continue to be Moscow.    Next,...

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5 March 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Vol. 5, № 6 Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition with an analysis of the agreement between Indonesia and Jordan to boost their bilateral relationship. The agreement is the latest push from Jakarta in a more active foreign...

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26 February 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 5. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we open in India, with an analysis of the latest foreign policy pronouncements on China and Pakistan from Prime Ministerial contender, Narendra Modi. Next, we report on the importance of water security at the...

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19 February 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 4. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. FDI extends its apologies to those readers who, owing to technical difficulties experienced by our Internet Service Provider, did not receive last week’s Strategic Weekly Analysis. We regret any inconvenience that may have caused and...

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12 February 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 3. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin by analysing the implications of the growing energy links between India and shale oil and gas giant, Canada. Next, FDI Senior Visiting Fellow Dr Emile Nakhleh takes us to Egypt, with...

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5 February 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 2. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin with an examination of the Indonesian ban on the export of unprocessed minerals and its effects on the country’s resources industry. Next, we look at the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and...

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29 January 2014 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 5, № 1 Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the first Strategic Weekly Analysis for 2014. We start this year’s publication with a discussion of the challenges facing the world as a result of scarcity in the water-energy nexus. The World Bank has recently launched an initiative aimed...

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18 December 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 47. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis, our final edition for 2013. This has been a busy year with a record number of publications. In 2013, our Associate numbers passed 4,000 and an ever-increasing number of people have viewed our website, with over...

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11 December 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 46. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin in Iran and examine the regional concerns being caused by its plans to build a second nuclear reactor. We also look at its strengthening ties with India. On the subject of India’s...

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4 December 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 45. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin in the Middle East, where we look at some of the implications of the nascent nuclear deal with Iran. Moving east, we analyse three important developments underway in India. First, we...

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27 November 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 44. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with an on-the-ground report from FDI Research Analyst Sinéad Lehanein Thailand, where the controversial Pak Mun Dam may soon be decommissioned amid major protests in Bangkok. Following the recent conclusion...

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20 November 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 43 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition with an analysis of China’s decision to relax the longstanding one child policy. Next, we move to the Middle East, where we examine a new energy production initiative in Yemen.  Following...

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13 November 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 42 Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, following the recent round of P5+1 negotiations between Iran and the West, we open with a look at efforts by the Iranian leadership to attract more buyers for the country’s oil.   Still in...

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6 November 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Vol. 4, № 41.   Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters,   Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. At the meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers in Perth late last week, Australia took up the role of Chair. We begin this week’s edition by considering some...

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30 October 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 40. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin in Yemen, where a seven-point national food security strategy is to be reactivated. Remaining with the issue offood security, the 2013 Global Hunger Index reveals the extent of progress made in...

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23 October 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 39. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we open in the Middle East, where we consider a number of factors pointing towards a certain degree of liberalisation among the Gulf States, especially Qatar and Saudi Arabia, even if from differing sources....

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2 October 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 36. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we complete our five-part series analysing the role of subsidies in the global food system and their impact on food security. The final instalment investigates the global effects of the US Farm Bill. Next,...

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25 September 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 35. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In this week’s edition, FDI analyses Indonesia’s economy and Jakarta’s need for further reforms. Moving to Bangladesh, we look at the rising cost of fertiliser and ask if there could be a cheaper, more viable alternative....

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18 September 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 34. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week with Indonesia’s plans to purchase around one million hectares of Australian farmland as part of its food security strategy. Still in Australia, we report onthe attendance of Future Directions International’s chairman, Major...

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11 September 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 33. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin in Indonesia, with an analysis of plans to relax a number of mining restrictions that have made the country one of the world’s least attractive destinations for foreign miners. Heading to Africa,...

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4 September 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 32 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin in Mozambique, with an analysis of the increasing demands for an end to the tax exemptions given to mega-projectsand the implications that may have for companies operating in the resources sector there....

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28 August 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 31 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week’s edition with the first of a series of five case studies produced by the Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme. The series will examine the role of subsidies in the...

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21 August 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

 Vol. 4, № 30 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, In this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis, FDI analyses the implications of overdrawing from the High Plains Aquifer system in the USA. We consider the threat it poses to US agricultural production and exports, and the resulting impact upon globally...

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14 August 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 29. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin with an examination of the motivations behind the purchase of hi-tech weaponry by Qatar, the UAE and Bahrain, and ask if these states are moving to ensure their own...

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31 July 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 27 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin in the Middle East, by investigating a proposal from the  Gulf Co-operation Council to implement a joint water supply system, intended to mitigate the potential impacts of a disaster at the Bushehr...

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10 July 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 24. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue begins with coverage of the evolving situation in Egypt. The recent removal of the democratically elected Morsi by the military, poses significant challenges to Washington’s influence in the area. In Malaysia, the potential...

Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 23 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters,   Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue begins with coverage of the evolving situation in Egypt as the political standoff between President Morsi clings to power in the face of increasing pressure from the country’s army. Closer to...

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26 June 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue begins by looking at Indonesia’s decision to remove government fuel subsidies and the role that can play in boosting the country’s future economic growth. In Afghanistan, Kubul’s recent request to India for arms puts New Dehli...

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19 June 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 21 Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue begins with a review of the political turmoil in India. It considers the recent movements within the opposition, BJP-led, National Democratic Alliance, that are threatening to split apart the coalition. In Sri...

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12 June 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 4, № 20 From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue begins with a look at the benefits for Australia of rising demand for meat and dairy products in Asia and the Middle East. With the agricultural sector currently experiencing historically high commodity...

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   Vol. 4, №19. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue begins with a look at the latest developments in the Naxalite Rebellion in India’s “Red Corridor”. We then consider Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent visit to New Delhi, including the implications of...

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 Vol. 4, № 18.Download PD  Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue begins with a report on the objectives of the Australian Government’s newly-announced National Food Plan. We then examine the potential for increased Australian exports to Qatar, in light of the recent visit...

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Download PDF Vol. 4, № 17. From the Editor’s Desk Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue starts with coverage of the Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Thailand, and the Thai government’s unveiling of its new multi-million dollar water management project. Next, we examine how new Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif will address issues...

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  Download PDF  Vol. 4, № 16.  From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue starts in Bangledesh with an analysis of the recent unrest, where clashes between Islamist hardliners and security forces have increased with the war crimes tribunal handing down further verdicts. Next, FDI...

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Vol. 4, № 15.  Download PDF    From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue starts with an examination of Indonesian interest in purchasing Australian cattle farms to provide for growing middle class demand for beef at the expense of their policy of self-sufficiency. Still on...

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Reducing Disaster Risks In Indonesia Now a Major Issue for Australia Pressure on China As Burma Opens Up To Western Investors Tensions Grow As China and India Face Off Over Territorial Claims India’s Infrastructure Boost Looks like a Case of Political Jitters Iran-Pakistan Pipeline Offers Way around Sanctions Soaring Food Prices Cause Alarm in Iran...

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24 April 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 13 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk  Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue starts with New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully. He is at the half-way point of his tour of Europe and Southern African countries, as New Zealand begins to take a greater interest in...

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17 April 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Vol 4, No. 12 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue starts with the recent agreement between Australia and India to share Australian water modelling technology, to assist India in developing water resource management plans to address its worsening water security issues. We...

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10 April 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 11. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s issue focusses on several issues involving India: how the current crisis in North Korea and the distraction of China may allow India greater strategic manoeuvrability; the brewing India-China space race; and a review of...

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3 April 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 10. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin in Indonesia. We examine the acceleration of plans to build a giant sea wall in order to alleviate Jakarta’s frequent flooding. We then analyse India’s reaction to the recent Global Arms Trade...

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27 March 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 9. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin in South Asia. First, we examine the burgeoning Chinese arms industry and its relevance to Indo-Pakistani relations. We then analyse Sri Lanka’s drift towards China, finding it a consequence of policy...

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20 March 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 8. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we open with an examination of the Indian military’s moves into space, as New Delhi seeks to match China’s space programme. Still in South Asia, we report on the recent AMAN-13 international naval exercise...

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13 March 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 7. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin in Kenya. We consider the implications of last week’s presidential election, before looking at the potentially revolutionary usage of mobile phone technology for real-time data collection in the Kenyan livestock industry. Next,...

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6 March 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 6. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week we start in Africa, examining a report on the launch of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, an initiative funded and led by Africans to improve food security across the continent. Next, we consider the results of the...

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27 February 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 5. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin in the Middle East, with an examination of the steadily deteriorating food security situation in Yemen. Moving across to India, we report on the interest being generated there by the System of Rice Intensification; a...

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20 February 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 4. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin with Iran. We analyse the results of the latest round of talks between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, before examining Iran’s response to the increasingly warm relationship between its...

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13 February 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 3. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we start with Burma. First, we consider the changing nature of Australia’s policy as the formerly isolated country comes in from the cold. We then evaluate the prospects for peace talks between the Burmese Government and the...

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6 February 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 2. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week we begin by looking to India and examining some key cross-border issues for New Delhi; first, with China over the potential damming or diversion of the Yarlung Tsangpo (or Brahmaputra) River and then with...

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30 January 2013 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 4, № 1. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the first Strategic Weekly Analysis  of 2013 and a warm welcome back to all our friends and Associates. As before, the SWA will be delivered to your e-mail inbox every Wednesday. This week, we look first to Africa to investigate...

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12 December 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. On 5 December, I attended the West Australian Department of Commerce’s event “Going Global with Africa”. The event included presentations from members of Austrade and representatives of the minerals sector and highlighted the positive trends and...

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5 December 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, №43 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. On 4 December, FDI hosted Ms Nan Fife, Head of the Political Section at the US embassy in Canberra. The roundtable event concentrated on Future Direction’s research and analysis on developments in the...

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28 November 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, №42 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. On 26-27 November, I attended the University of Western Australia’s conference “In the Zone”. The 2012 conference examined a range of strategic issues, ranging from economic growth to foreign capital management, infrastructure development,...

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21 November 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, №41 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. On 13 November, I attended the launch of the Perth USAsia Centre, at the University of Western Australia. Professor Bates Gill from the United States Studies Centre at Sydney University officiated. Other speakers...

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14 November 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, №40 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Last week, FDI had the pleasure of chairing the 2012 Annual National Security and Strategy Workshop. Titled ‘Secured Prosperity: Border Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection & Strategic Sustainability of the State & the Nation’,...

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7 November 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, №39 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Last week, we were pleased to publish a FDI Feature Interview with Doctor Claude Rakisits, a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Studies at Deakin University. He is also the Director of the MA (Strategic...

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31 October 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 3, № 38 From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Late last week, members of FDI attended a reception at the home of the Japanese Consul General. It was held in honour of Vice Admiral Hideaki Kaneda, JMSDF (ret.), and organised in...

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24 October 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF  Vol. 3, №37 From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Last Friday, FDI attended a public lecture on Islamic finance, held by the Centre for Muslim States and Societies. The talk, by Ph.D. candidate Anne-Sophie Gintzburger, presented research on the global structure of...

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17 October 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 3, № 36. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week we published a Strategic Analysis Paper titled New Delhi Looks (South)-East: India-New Zealand Relationship Evolving into Indo-Pacific Strategic Partnership. Written by Visiting Fellow, Balaji Chandramohan, the paper notes that India’s...

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10 October 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, №35. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, This has been a busy week for FDI. Three of us attended the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry into the Indian Ocean Region. Visiting Fellow Saloni Salil, a post-graduate research scholar from the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations...

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3 October 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

 Vol. 3, №34. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week we published a Strategic Analysis Paper titled Australia, China and the United States: Maintaining an Equilibrium in the Indo-Pacific.  Written by Visiting Fellow, Saloni Salil, the paper proposes that Australia should...

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26 September 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF | Vol. 3, №34. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s “From the Editor’s Desk” will reflect a slightly different approach from previous SWAs. Instead of reflecting the outline of SWA items, it will describe research recently released or planned to...

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19 September 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 3, №34. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. Over the last week, FDI completed the move from premises in West Perth, to nearby Dalkeith. The move represents another exciting chapter as the organisation continues to evolve.  FDI Associate Paula Hanasz opens...

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5 September 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 3, №34. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, Indian Ocean Research Manager, Leighton Luke, analyses Indian attempts to recoup revenue from companies exploiting the so-called “Mauritius Route” in attempts to minimise tax. Also in South Asia, the Food and...

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29 August 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 3, №33. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week, by forecasting challenges to Chinese food supply and prices, as the country battles drought and outbreaks of armyworm.    Next, the Indian Ocean Research Programme analyses the expansion prospects...

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22 August 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

  Vol. 3, №32. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week, by assessing the implications of the resignation of Afghanistan’s Defence Minister.   Next, the Food and Water Crisis Programme, analyses the prospects of expanding synergies between New Zealand...

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15 August 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, №31.   Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week, with a critique from FDI Associate, Commander S.S. Parmar on the geopolitical importance of Yongxing Island, and the strategic depth it gives China in the South China Sea....

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8 August 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

8 August 2012 | Vol. 3, №30. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin this week, by exploring the announcement of industrial military co-operation between China and Indonesia. FDI Associates, Margareth S. Aritonang and Novan Iman Santosa, consider this issue within...

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1 August 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

 Vol. 3, №29. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open this week’s edition with assessments from South Asia by two FDI Associates. Firstly, Dr Sandy Gordon considers the implications of communal violence in Assam, North-East India. Next, Rizwan Zeb provides an...

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25 July 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In mid-July, Future Directions hosted a 1.5 track dialogue between Australian and Indian defence officials. This week, we open with a focus on the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Co-operation (IOR-ARC), a recurring theme...

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18 July 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

№27. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin with an assessment of the recent inquiry into education in the agricultural sector. The inquiry found that more needs to be done to encourage university students into the agricultural sector.  Next,...

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11 July 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, №26. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin with an assessment of the latest sanctions and talks over Iran’s nuclear programme, analysing Tehran’s motivations and its future trajectory.           Next, we critique Chinese agricultural investment in Australia....

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№25 Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin by examining the opening of an oil pipeline, allowing the UAE to by-pass the Strait of Hormuz. This move is projected to further weaken Iran’s bargaining power, while improving economic prospects...

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27 June 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

From the Editor’s Desk Download PDF   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, Indian Ocean Research Manager, Leighton Luke, analyses the on-going ramifications of tensions between South Sudan and Sudan, and the prospects for peace. Next, we consider the limited prospects of a recent agreement between...

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20 June 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF  From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin by continuing our analysis of reform developments in Burma. Staying in south-east Asia, we examine the recent activities of Indonesian radical Islamic group ‘Front Pembela Islam’. Next we head to Pakistan and...

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13 June 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 22. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, FDI Associate, Professor Sandy Gordon, analyses India’s position as a “swing state” between China and the US. Still on the topic of Indian diplomacy, we consider China-Indian relations in...

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  | Vol. 3, № 21. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters,   Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Energy Security Research Programme opens with an analysis of the developments and challenges in the re-emerging Iraqi hydrocarbon sector.    The South and West Asia...

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Download PDF  Vol. 3, № 20.   From the Editor’s Desk     Dear FDI supporters,   Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin by examining recent elections in the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho. Staying in Africa, we analyse the impact of March’s coup in Mali on the nation’s,...

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  Vol. 3, №19.   Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters,   Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We begin by looking at food security talks at the G-8 Summit.     Next, we head to the Middle East to analyse last week’s Gulf Cooperation Council’s Advisory...

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  Vol. 3, № 18. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters,   Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. We open with an assessment of food security in Nepal and the implications for its population. We then consider the findings of a Global Information and Early Warning System report...

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    Vol. 3, №17. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters,   Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we open with an analysis of the Iranian elections, discussing the potential implications for the nation’s nuclear programme. Still in Iran, FDI associate, Jahnu Russell, explores the impact...

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Vol. 3, № 16. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin by examining the contentious issue of accessing the energy resources of the Arctic region. Still on the subject of energy, we also look at developments in the eastern...

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26 April 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 15. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin by looking at China’s ambitious plans to “drought-proof” the country, before reporting on the recent debate on food price volatility held at the United Nations General Assembly. Next,...

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18 April 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 14. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we open with an analysis by FDI Associate Professor Sandy Gordon of the security situation in the Indian Ocean; then, another leading expert and FDI Associate, Dr Christopher Snedden, takes...

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11 April 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 13. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week we begin with an analysis by FDI Associate Dr Daniel Baldino of Australia’s position in the United States’ Asia-Pacific realignment. In the same vein, we look at Singapore – another...

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4 April 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, №12. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we open with a report on the consequences of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak confronting Egypt. We then investigate the findings of a new report from the Asian Development Bank, which suggests...

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28 March 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 11. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the SWA this week, we begin by looking at the interest of the United States in using Australia’s Cocos Islands as a base for surveillance aircraft, together with greater use...

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21 March 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 10. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the SWA this week, we begin by considering the implications of reports that the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom have agreed to “tap” strategic oil reserves in...

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14 March 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 9. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the SWA this week, we begin with a look at Indonesia’s latest efforts to address the difficult issue of fuel subsides and improve its energy security. Next, we report on the...

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7 March 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 8. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk   Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we look at the implications of the Iranian elections as a crucible for the competition between President Mahmood Ahmadinejad and the clerical élite, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...

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29 February 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, №7. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week we include two items written by FDI Associates. The first is by Tridivesh Maini, Associate Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. He writes about the current state of...

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22 February 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 6. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, FDI Visiting Fellow, Fujian Li, analyses the visit to the United States of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping. Also analysed is the possibility that Iran may be considering negotiations, as...

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15 February 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 5. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, FDI Associate Jahnu Russell investigates the prospects for talks between the United States and the Taliban. We then look at Iran, to consider the ramifications of that country’s continuing schedule...

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8 February 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 4. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, FDI analyses the recently released progress report on the Force Posture Review. We then head overseas, where FDI Associate Professor Sandy Gordon examines Pakistan and its position as the Afghanistan...

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1 February 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 3. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we analyse Egypt’s new parliament and the escalating tensions between northern and southern Sudan. We comment on the release of a report by the United Nations Panel on Global Sustainability,...

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25 January 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 2. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we analyse the latest round of China-India boundary negotiations, the attempted military coup in Bangladesh, the behind-the-scenes growth of ties between the Indian and Israeli Governments and the recent assassination...

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18 January 2012 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 3, № 1. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to the first edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis for 2012. In the SWA this week, the Northern Australia/Energy Security Research Programme analyses the impact on Australia of the latest round of oil and gas sanctions against Iran. Still in the...

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14 December 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 47. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis; the final edition for 2011. This week the Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme takes us to the Middle East, to look at the ambitious plans of the Qatar National Food...

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7 December 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 46. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the SWA this week, we begin with a look at the reaction from India to the decision, taken at the recent Australian Labor Party National Conference, to overturn the Australian ban...

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30 November 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 45. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, we begin with an analysis from the Northern Australia Research Programme of the possibility of a joint Australian-US military base on the Cocos and Christmas Islands. Moving to South Asia,...

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23 November 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 44. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. To begin, the Indian Ocean Research Programme looks at Burma, in view of the announcement that US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, will soon visit the country. Her visit will be the...

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16 November 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 43. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. FDI’s Global Food and Water Security Programme extends its thanks to all those who took part in our recent roundtables in Sydney, Canberra and Perth, as we investigated the roles of science,...

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9 November 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 42. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s issue of FDI’s Strategic Weekly Analysis. This issue begins with an article on India’s ambitions to use thorium to shore up energy security. FDI’s Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme writes on new efforts by the private...

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2 November 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF  2 November 2011 | Vol. 2, № 41. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s issue of FDI’s Strategic Weekly Analysis. In Australia over the past week the news has been centred around events at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth. This issue highlights the fact that...

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26 October 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 2, № 40. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s issue of FDI’s Strategic Weekly Analysis. This issue starts with an article on a push by Torres Strait Islanders to secede from Queensland. The article explores the likely benefits and costs of creating a more autonomous Torres Strait...

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19 October 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 2, №39. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s issue of FDI’s Strategic Weekly Analysis. Thank you for the positive feedback we continue to receive from our associates and supporters for this publication and the various other publications we produce. This issue starts with an article by the...

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12 October 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 2, №38 From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, In this issue of the Strategic Weekly Analysis we again analyse Yemen and the role of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. In addition, we consider the resurgence in sectarian violence in Bahrain. FDI’s Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme writes on the...

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5 October 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Download PDF Vol. 2, №37. From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Over the past months there has been increasing concern over the stability in the North African and Middle Eastern Region. Internal unrest within country borders has the potential to impact on surrounding countries. Yemen is a particularly hotspot, given its geographical position in...

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28 September 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 36. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the SWA this week, the Indian Ocean research programme heads first to South Asia, to consider the largest naval exercise ever held between India and Sri Lanka and the acceptance by...

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21 September 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 35. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week’s SWA features an article from the Indian Ocean Research Programme on the likelihood of a change in leadership in South Africa and the response from current president, Jacob Zuma. Also...

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14 September 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 34. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. In the SWA this week, the Global Food and Water Security Programme reports on the recent flooding in southern Pakistan and some of the responses to it. The Indian Ocean research programme...

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7 September 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 33. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. On 31 August, FDI was privileged to attend a private briefing at Parliament House with Professor Efraim Inbar, Director of the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies and Security Issues. We thank the...

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31 August 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 32. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Global Food and Water Security Programme investigates the famine now gripping parts of eastern Africa and the efficacy of the famine early warning system. On a brighter note, successful...

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24 August 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 31. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Global Food and Water Security Programme reports on the calls to address regional food security made at the inaugural International Conference on Asian Food Security, held recently in Singapore...

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17 August 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 30. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Once again this issue of the Strategic Weekly Analysis offers a wide range of articles that have been developed by our four research programmes. This week, the Indian Ocean Research Programme considers a new cooperative agreement between the United States and Vietnam,...

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10 August 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 29. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Northern Australia/Energy Security research programme reports on a new, world-first, tsunami early-warning detection system, to be located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Heading overseas, the Indian Ocean...

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3 August 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 28. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, The past few weeks have been a busy period for our organisation with a number of roundtables being held around the country or in the final planning stages. The roundtables are proving invaluable in our research and we are indebted to the...

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27 July 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 27. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Indian Ocean research programme begins by looking to Afghanistan. The ramifications of the assassinations of Afghani powerbrokers Ahmad Wali Karzai and Jan Mohammed Khan are discussed, as is French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s...

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20 July 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 26. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Indian Ocean research programme reports on the deepening defence links between India and the United States; a number of key security challenges facing the newly independent republic of South...

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13 July 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 25. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Northern Australia/Energy Security research programme investigates the implications of the newly announced carbon price for Northern Australia. The Indian Ocean research programme reports on the challenges facing the newly...

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Vol. 2, № 24. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Indian Ocean research programme features two reports looking at Saudi Arabia-Iran relations: the announcement that the Kingdom will seek to acquire nuclear weapons in the event that regional rival...

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29 June 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 23.   Download PDF     From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Northern Australia research programme analyses the recently announced Force Structure Review. The review is aimed at ensuring that the Australian Defence Force is positioned to meet emerging...

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22 June 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 22. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week,the Northern Australia/Energy Security research programme reports on the latest developments in Australia’s ambition to replace Qatar as the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. The Environmental Protection Agency has...

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15 June 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 21. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, FDI looks at a number of developments in Indonesia, as a near neighbour and an important trade and security partner for Australia.  The Global Food and Water Crises research programme...

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 Vol. 2, № 20. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Indian Ocean research programme looks around the region and reports on a planned US-Pakistani joint intelligence organisation, aimed at eliminating high value al-Qa’ida and Taliban members in Pakistan. Also...

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Vol. 2, № 19. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Global Food and Water Crises research programme reports on the threat posed to the South African bid for the giant Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope by the practice of...

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Vol. 2, № 18. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, FDI is pleased to unveil an updated website. The new website is more interactive and accessible. It features a fast, easy to use search engine, a comprehensive archive and offers...

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Vol. 2, № 17. Download PDF   From the Editor’s Desk    Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis.  FDI is to produce two new papers. The first, titled Workshop Reports, will be issued later this week. This report will be the result of four workshops, held nationally as well...

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Vol. 2, № 16. Download PDF    From the Editor’s Desk                           Dear FDI supporters,                                                                                                                                                                                                   This issue of the Strategic Weekly Analysis includes an article prepared by the Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme that considers Australia’s recent involvement in a Global Seed Bank. Another article which the programme considers is...

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Vol. 2, № 15. Download PDF    From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, This issue of the Strategic Weekly Analysis includes two articles prepared by the Global Food and Water Crisis Research Programme and one on investment in Africa. The first of these considers the recent tightening of foreign ownership laws by Brazil and...

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20 April 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 14. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Last week, FDI’s Indian Ocean research programme held the first of its interstate small group research workshops. Taking place in Sydney and Canberra, participants discussed “Interpreting China’s Role in the Indian Ocean”. This is part of a major study that FDI is...

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