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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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02 March 2021

Many Middle Eastern countries were experiencing heightened levels of food insecurity even before the Covid-19 pandemic. Economic shocks related to regional and global lockdown measures, and conflict in some parts of the region have further reduced food security. It is expected that the regional food security situation will remain precarious for the foreseeable future.

News from the CEO

  • 3 February 2021
    What’s Next?

    The Pacific Islands Forum will hold its virtual Special Leaders Retreat on 3 February. Somalia will hold a presidential election on 8 February.

  • 10 December 2020
    What’s Next?

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian concludes his two-day visit to Qatar on 10 December. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is to begin a two-day visit to India on 16 December as the UK seeks to position itself as an Indo-Pacific power.

  • 24 November 2020
    What’s Next?

    Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla will pay an official visit to Nepal, on 26 and 27 November. Two days later, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe will make a one-day visit to Nepal, arriving in Kathmandu on 29 November.

  • 13 November 2020
    What’s Next?

    The fifteenth East Asia Summit will meet virtually on 14 November. Also to be held virtually is the twelfth BRICS Leader’s Summit on 17 November, with the theme “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.


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