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Strategic Weekly Analysis

Hanging by a Thread: Timor-Leste Government Losing Grip on Power

The ruling coalition in Timor-Leste is likely to dissolve if it is not able to secure the passage through parliament of its legislative programme. If that happens, a new coalition will have to be negotiated or another round of parliamentary elections held.

Yemen: Red Cross Purchases Fuel for Water but Only a Stop-Gap Solution

The International Committee of the Red Cross has committed to temporarily purchasing fuel to provide clean water to thousands of Yemenis in urgent need.

Airman on a Short Fuse? Indian Air Chief Speaks on Surgical Strikes on Pakistani Nuclear Sites

Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa’s recent statement was primarily aimed at a domestic audience. It was, for the most part, viewed as such by Pakistan and is an example of the truism that, in the Subcontinent, appearing weak is more dangerous than actually being weak.

Investment in Orphan Crops: An Overlooked Piece of the Food Security Puzzle?

An increase in the research and development of underused food crops will benefit those already producing and consuming them. With the development of new markets, however, these benefits could be exported to a much larger share of the global population.

Pakistan and Home-Grown Terror: A No-Win Situation

Pakistan’s use of militant groups to achieve its goals in Afghanistan and India has served to degrade its relationship with the US, increase its dependence on China and place it in deeper trouble than ever before.

Lifting the Fukushima Exports Ban Won’t Save Japan’s Agribusinesses

Japan has called on certain South-East Asian countries to lift an import ban on agricultural products coming from areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, assuring the safety of food supplies. To boost agribusiness and exports, however, Japan needs to address wider structural flaws in its agricultural industry.

Climate Change and Lithium Production, Mutually Exclusive?

Lithium production, with enhanced protection of the natural environment, will be critical to the future of transportation globally as it becomes dominated by electrically powered vehicles.

Chinese Belt and Road Initiative Suffers a Double-Blow from Hydropower Agreements

Despite several memoranda of understanding being signed with Pakistan and Nepal, both countries have pulled out of dam-building agreements with China.

Indonesia: Fire Count at Record Low for 2017

Higher rainfall helped to alleviate the fire season but some credit is owed to the Indonesian Government which should continue to focus on preventative measures.

Can the NBN Bridge the Communication Divide between Regional and Metropolitan Australia?

With a third of the population living in regional Australia, a strong internet is required now more than ever to provide regional Australians with the same opportunities their metropolitan counterparts enjoy.

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  • Associate papers are primary source assessments written by FDI associates. The assessment topics range from regional bilateral relationships and opportunities and challenges in our neighbouring countries.

  • Feature interviews are interviews conducted by an FDI Research Manager. Interview topics range from the sustainability of our planet to the improved provision of emergency food aid.

  • Normally issued in hardcopy, these represent a comprehensive study of one of FDI’s four research areas.

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  • A number of short articles addressing current intelligence topics, issued each week.

  • A record of discussions resulting from a single, or series of, roundtable conferences.

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