Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

Leading Strategic Research on Australia’s Future

Future Directions International (FDI) is an independent, not-for-profit Research Institute. It was established in 2000, by Major General (Retd) the Honourable Michael Jeffery (former Governor General of Australia) together with a small group of leading Australians, to conduct comprehensive research of important medium to long-term issues facing Australia.

I personally ask you to consider a donation to FDI which will allow the institute to continue research of vital importance to Australia and future generations of Australians.

Read Chairman’s Welcome      Watch Video Address on Soil Regeneration

Latest Publications

25 May 2017

Central Asia is an integral component of the Chinese “One Belt, One Road” initiative. It remains a volatile region, however, partly because of the unresolved water disputes that impede more amicable interstate relations. While these disputes could undermine the investment programme, it is unlikely that Beijing will get involved in reducing interstate water tensions.

Northern Australia & Land Care

18 May 2017

Indian Ocean

16 May 2017

News from the CEO

  • 23 May 2017
    What’s Next?

    In Myanmar, the second Union Peace Conference between ethnic rebel groups and government and military representatives will take place 24-28 May. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow, 25-26 May

  • 18 May 2017
    What’s Next?

    Jordan will host the World Economic Forum on the Middle East from 19-21 May. The East African Community’s Heads of State Summit will convene in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 20 May.

  • 9 May 2017
    What’s Next?

    South African President Jacob Zuma will make a State Visit to Tanzania from 11-12 May. China will host the leaders of 28 countries for the Belt and Road Forum for International Co-operation in Beijing on 14-15 May.

  • 2 May 2017
    What’s Next?

    The World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in Durban, 3-5 May. Prime Minister Turnbull will meet with US President Trump in New York on 4 May. The "South Asia Satellite" will be launched by India on 6 May.


Discover key interviews and papers on some of the most contemporary topics in our region.


FDI on Twitter

FDI_org @FDI_org
Future Directions  @FDI_org
China trying to avoid involvement in Central Asian water disputes despite the risk they pose to the #OBOR initiativ… 

Independent and Informed Advice for the Future

Access comprehensive research on Australia's long-term challenges by leading contributors.