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  • FDI Associate Paper – China’s Uighur Strategy and South Asian Risk

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    In this paper, FDI associate Samah Ibrahim assesses the possible security implications of the crackdown on the minority Uighur population in north-western China. She finds that it could undermine aspects of the Belt and Road Initiative, especially if regional militants use it as a cause to rally support.
  • FDI Strategic Analysis Paper – Evolving US Strategic Interests in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia and Iran

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    In this paper, FDI Senior Research Analyst Lindsay Hughes examines the relationship of the United States with two countries of the Middle East – Saudi Arabia and Iran. Mr Hughes notes that, in the case of Saudi Arabia, the relationship, while remaining strong, continues to erode, while the relationship with Iran is now significantly more hostile under the current US Administration than it was under the previous one. In tandem with regional fears of a reduced US interest in the Middle East, the strategic dynamics of the region are such that it will continue to have major consequences for future developments throughout the twenty-first century.
  • Trends in Malware Attacks against United States Healthcare Organizations, 2016-2017

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    Recently, the healthcare industry has been facing a new type of hazard; bad actors have started targeting hospitals and other healthcare facilities for cyberattacks. This industry is particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks because healthcare providers depend on up to date information from electronic health data.
  • Averaging Attacks on Bounded Perturbation Algorithms

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    We consider privacy-preserving algorithms that return noisy answers to queries on sensitive data, where the noise is strictly bounded between an interval parameterised by a perturbation parameter. Our focus is restricted to algorithms that (privately) answer counting queries.

  • Indonesia: Threats and Challenges to Domestic Security

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    In this paper, FDI Research Analyst Jarryd de Haan examines some of the primary internal security threats facing Indonesia: terrorism and extremism, separatism, ethnic and religious violence, and piracy. Of those threats, Mr de Haan notes that terrorism and piracy represent the most immediate concerns for the Indonesian Government. Separatism and ethnic and religious violence, on the other hand, could be significant challenges in the long term, especially if other factors, such as an economic crisis, take effect
  • Parenting in the digital age

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    This research focuses on parents’ experiences raising children in a world steeped in online activity and connection. It confirms the pivotal role parents play in keeping their children safe online and highlights their very real concerns about their capacity to deal with online safety issues.