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Strategic Alerts

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

India Will Resist China’s Encroachment but Both Must Adjust to New Realities

China’s thinly-veiled warning to India to heed the lessons of its loss in their 1962 war and India’s retort that it is a different country from that of the time both fail to recognise their new reality: neither can afford a war with the other.

What’s Next for Jakarta Governor-Elect Anies Baswedan?

Anies will look towards fulfilling his policy promises to prove his worth as a presidential candidate. The success of religious tensions in propelling him into power could also be utilised again.

Ahok Wins First Round of Jakarta Elections

While Ahok has a number of obstacles he must overcome to win the second round, success would humiliate hardline Islamist groups and empower the Indonesian President.

Marrakech: The Next Step in an Increasingly Active Process to Combat Climate Change

It remains to be seen if COP22 will achieve the necessary actions, the outcome of which may take many years to confirm.

India Strikes Back: Where to Now for Pakistan?

The Indian strikes on militant camps in Pakistan can only further increase already-heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, making the current situation extremely volatile.

Maldives Emergency Tests Fragile Democracy

6 November 2015 | Strategic Alerts

Diplomatic intervention by the West and India, as democracies, will be increasingly necessary to help address the slide back towards authoritarianism in the Maldives. Background Citing an imminent threat to national security, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency on 4 November. The 30-day order limits constitutional freedoms and gives security forces sweeping powers of arrest. Critics...

United Kingdom to Commit Troops to Somalia and South Sudan

2 October 2015 | Strategic Alerts

Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to deploy troops to South Sudan and Somalia may mark a shift in British foreign policy but will likely have a limited effect on the ground. Background In a move that may herald a major shift in UK foreign policy, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on 28 September that a...

Narendra Modi to Meet With Nawaz Sharif at SCO Summit

10 July 2015 | Strategic Alerts

The Indian Prime Minister will meet his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) today to discuss sensitive issues such as Kashmir and terrorism. Background Modi extended an invitation to Sharif to attend his inauguration to the office of Prime Minister, the first time an Indian Prime Minister-elect did so. Sharif...

France and Saudi Arabia Unveil Nuclear and Defence Co-operation Agreements

26 June 2015 | Strategic Alerts

Recently-unveiled nuclear agreements between France and Saudi Arabia mark a growing relationship between the two countries even though they are cautiously optimistic. Background France and Saudi Arabia announced several deals worth over US$12 billion on 24 June at the inaugural Franco-Saudi Joint Commission meeting in Paris. The deals include a Saudi purchase of 23 Airbus...

South Africa: Energy Crisis Headlines Chaotic State of the Nation Address

13 February 2015 | Strategic Alerts

Resolving the country’s continuing electricity crisis is the top priority in an out-of-the-ordinary State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma. Background President Zuma has used his annual State of the Nation Address, on 12 February, to announce measures intended to address the electricity shortages gripping South Africa.   Given deteriorating economic conditions, rising...

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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