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Associate Papers

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.

Maldives: Moving from Chaos to Stability?

26 April 2012 | Associate Papers

Download PDF Professor Rohan Gunaratna FDI Associate Key Points Since democracy was established in the Maldives on 11 November 2008, the stability of the country has been challenged. High profile acts of terrorism, both in the Maldives and overseas, are likely, unless the government can arrest the rapid spread of extremist ideology and initiate a...

Water, Food, Energy, Qat and Conflict: Yemen

23 April 2012 | Associate Papers

Download PDF   Dr Paul Sullivan FDI Associate Key Points   Yemen is one of the most water-short countries on the planet. The increased cost of water drilling and pumping has driven farmers, who use well over 90 per cent of the water in Yemen, towards the production of qat, a mildly stimulating narcotic. Yemen...

The Australia-US Alliance: A Cost/Benefit Analysis

19 April 2012 | Associate Papers

Download PDF   Cavan Hogue FDI Associate Key Points It is time for a hard-headed cost/benefit analysis of the US Alliance. Any such analysis should include the following questions: Does the Alliance create more problems than it solves? In the Indo-Pacific Region, do we want a balance between the US and China, or US dominance?...

The China-India-US Relationship: Where Will It Go?

17 April 2012 | Associate Papers

Download PDF Dr Liu Zongyi FDI Associate Key Points The relationship among China, India, and the United States is not yet a strategic triangle, but a trilateral one. The United States wants to use India to balance China’s rise. India will act as a swing state in the global balance of power, particularly in the...

The United States and Burma: Troubled Past, Uncertain Future

20 March 2012 | Associate Papers

Download PDF Dr Andrew Selth FDI Senior Visiting Fellow Key Points For twenty years, the United States pursued a hard line policy towards Burma that was never going to meet its stated objectives. This policy also flew in the face of Burma’s critical geostrategic position and growing importance in regional affairs. The reform programme launched...

The Politics of Centre-State Relations and the Formulation of India’s Foreign Policy

24 November 2011 | Associate Papers

  Download PDF   Key Points Due to economic imperatives, state governments along India’s periphery are becoming increasingly influential in the formulation of India’s foreign policy with neighbouring countries. The complexity and nature of national coalition politics in India means that support from regional parties are often instrumental in not only forming governments, but deciding...

The Politics of Sri Lanka-Tamil Nadu Relations

23 September 2011 | Associate Papers

Download PDF Dr Ameer Ali FDI Associate   Key Points Sub-regional and caste tensions will continue to characterise relations between Sri Lankan Tamils   and their brethren in Tamil Nadu. India’s policy towards Sri Lanka will remain in support of the unitary status of the Sri Lankan state, which it views as critical to its own...

China’s Rise: South Pacific Perspectives – New Zealand and Australian Security Perceptions of China

12 September 2011 | Associate Papers

Download PDF Dr Robert Ayson Future Directions International Associate   Key Points New Zealand and Australia have a common interest in a peaceful relationship between the United States and a rising China, but their relationships with each are not identical. Perceptions of harder Australian and softer New Zealand views of China are not necessarily correct....

India’s Role in the Indian Ocean and East Asian Regions

2 September 2011 | Associate Papers

Download PDF Mr Sabam P. Siagian Future Directions International Associate   Key Points India should enhance its diplomatic presence and soft power in the region. The Indian Navy should increase its activities in the region by conducting more frequent port calls and joint naval exercises. Closer co-operation with Australia and India would enable Indonesia to...

South Asia: A Cold War “Quadrilateral” Redux?

15 August 2011 | Associate Papers

Download PDF Professor Sandy Gordon Future Directions International Associate Key Points The emerging “quadrilateral” arrangement in South Asia involving China and Pakistan on the one hand, and the United States and India on the other, is unlikely to give rise to the kind of “locked in” pattern that pertained during significant periods of the Cold...

Publication Guide

  • 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.

  • Strategic alerts are priority current intelligence items. We provide these alerts when events such as military deployments or foreign election results occur.

  • A 1500 to 3000 word, single topic assessment.

  • 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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