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Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in the Standoff at the Line of Actual Control

FDI Associate Major-General S. B. Asthana, SM, VSM (Veteran), examines the continuing Sino-Indian military posturing and muscle-flexing in the contested eastern Ladakh region. Maj-Gen. Asthana notes that, while diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) are also continuing, India should insist on the proper delimitation and demarcation of the LAC,…

France Strengthens Partnership with India as First Rafale Fighters Delivered to IAF

At a ceremony to hand over the first tranche of 36 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft to the Indian Air Force, French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly was clear about her country’s support for India as a primary strategic partner. To view this paper in full, on the South Asian Tribune website, click here

Kenya and Djibouti in Stoush for United Nations Security Council Seat

The claims and counterclaims made by Kenya and Djibouti as each attempts to secure the sole non-permanent Africa Group seat becoming available on the UN Security Council are undermining the credibility of both countries and, potentially, the ability to address important regional issues. To read this paper in full, on the Daily Nation website, click…

Tourism as an Agent of Recovery in Post-COVID-19 Southern Africa

In this paper, programme Research Manager Leighton G. Luke looks at the tourism industry in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and assesses its potential to be an economic lifeline in a post-COVID-19 travel environment. He finds that the tourism sector will not be the sole path to recovery, but, in many…

Tourism as an Agent of Recovery in Post-COVID-19 Southern Africa

In this paper, programme Research Manager Leighton G. Luke looks at the tourism industry in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and assesses its potential to be an economic lifeline in a post-COVID-19 travel environment. He finds that the tourism sector will not be the sole path to recovery, but, in many…

Land Degradation, Desertification and Food Security in India

28 November 2019 | FDI in the News: International

Desertification and land degradation are gradually reducing the capacity of ecosystems in affected regions to sustain life.

The Cambodian Case: Ideological Challenge to South-East Asia

The recent event involving the Cambodian Opposition party shines light on the fragility of South-East Asian democracy, but there is an underlying problem that has its origins in China. This paper was republished by The Cambodia Daily, to read the paper in full, click here

‘We Can’t Waste a Drop.’ India is Running Out of Water

The Ladakh region of northern India is one of the world’s highest, driest inhabited places. For centuries, meltwater from winter snows in the Himalayan mountains sustained the tiny villages dotting this remote land.

EU vs. Indonesia: Is it really a trade war?

As the United States and China engage in a bitter trade dispute casting a dark shadow over the global economy, another trade spat is threatening to escalate between the European Union and Indonesia.

Food and Nutrition Security in Timor-Leste: Challenges and Prospects

Caleb Gorton Research Assistant Future Directions International 14 August 2018 In his paper titled “Food and Nutrition Security in Timor-Leste: Challenges and Prospects” Caleb Gorton, Research Assistant, Global Food and Water Crises Programme, analyses Timor-Lestes food and nutrition security. 46 percent of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition and many households experience annual food…

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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.

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