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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...

Strategic Weekly Analysis

31 August 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 32. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Global Food and Water Security Programme investigates the famine now gripping parts of eastern Africa and the efficacy of the famine early warning system. On a brighter note, successful...

‘The Objective I Have for the Army is to be Able to Confront the Full Spectrum of Threats’ – General Teeravat Boonyapradub, Royal Thai Army

30 August 2011 | Feature Interviews

  Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe FDI Senior Analyst Download PDF Key Points The Royal Thai Army is modernising its weapons systems and equipment in preparation for a number of potential future contingencies ranging from conventional to irregular threats. Presently, Thailand appears to be more concerned about its restive Islamic population in the south of the country, than...

Strategic Weekly Analysis

24 August 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 31. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Global Food and Water Security Programme reports on the calls to address regional food security made at the inaugural International Conference on Asian Food Security, held recently in Singapore...

Strategic Weekly Analysis

17 August 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 30. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, Once again this issue of the Strategic Weekly Analysis offers a wide range of articles that have been developed by our four research programmes. This week, the Indian Ocean Research Programme considers a new cooperative agreement between the United States and Vietnam,...

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...

Strategic Weekly Analysis

10 August 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 29. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Northern Australia/Energy Security research programme reports on a new, world-first, tsunami early-warning detection system, to be located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Heading overseas, the Indian Ocean...

The Future of China-Pakistan Relations after Osama bin Laden

8 August 2011 | Associate Papers

Download PDF Dr Jabin T. Jacob Future Directions International Associate   Key Points Despite its high profile, the killing of Osama bin Laden is unlikely to dramatically alter China-Pakistan relations, because: China continues to be concerned at the possible spread of Islamist extremism into Xinjiang province from Pakistan. After the US drawdown, significant Chinese investments...

Strategic Weekly Analysis

3 August 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 28. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Dear FDI supporters, The past few weeks have been a busy period for our organisation with a number of roundtables being held around the country or in the final planning stages. The roundtables are proving invaluable in our research and we are indebted to the...

Strategic Weekly Analysis

27 July 2011 | Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 27. Download PDF From the Editor’s Desk Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Indian Ocean research programme begins by looking to Afghanistan. The ramifications of the assassinations of Afghani powerbrokers Ahmad Wali Karzai and Jan Mohammed Khan are discussed, as is French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s...

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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