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Future Directions International (FDI) is an independent, not-for-profit Research Institute. It was established in 2000, by Major General (Retd) the Honourable Michael Jeffery (former Governor General of Australia) together with a small group of leading Australians, to conduct comprehensive research of important medium to long-term issues facing Australia.

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16 September 2021

A failure to understand Afghan history, the country’s tribal culture, its unfamiliar rugged terrain and an underestimation of the Taliban’s faith, determination and fighting skills, combined with the rampant corruption of the Karzai and Ghani governments, Washington’s misreading of Afghan political reality and faulty technical intelligence, all led to the failure of US military plans.

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  • 8 September 2021
    What’s Next?

    On 9 September, Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton begin a four-country Indo-Pacific tour for 2+2 ministerial meetings with their counterparts from Indonesia, India, South Korea and the United States.

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  • 11 August 2021
    What’s Next?

    The inaugural South Africa-Kenya Joint Commission of Co-operation, led by the Foreign Ministers of both countries, wraps up in Nairobi on 11 August. Indonesia will mark its seventy-sixth Independence Day on 17 August.

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  • 12 July 2021
    What’s Next?

    One thousand troops from Rwanda will begin a three-month deployment to Mozambique from 15 July in response to a request from Maputo for assistance in countering the Islamist insurgency in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.

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  • 18 June 2021
    What’s Next?

    Iranian voters will elect their country’s next president on 18 June, while Ethiopians will go to the polls in federal and regional council elections on 21 June.

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