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Investment in Orphan Crops: An Overlooked Piece of the Food Security Puzzle?

An increase in the research and development of underused food crops will benefit those already producing and consuming them. With the development of new markets, however, these benefits could be exported to a much larger share of the global population.

Pakistan and Home-Grown Terror: A No-Win Situation

Pakistan’s use of militant groups to achieve its goals in Afghanistan and India has served to degrade its relationship with the US, increase its dependence on China and place it in deeper trouble than ever before.

Indonesian Foreign Policy: Blind Spots, Stress Points and Potential Pitfalls

A growing Indonesia will be confronted by numerous challenges in the years ahead. Among those challenges are Indonesia’s leadership role in ASEAN, its position as a Muslim beacon of democracy and the need to reduce its dependence on China by broadening its economic relationships with other countries. The appeal of populist policies and phantom threats that distract officials from addressing deeper foreign policy issues must also be addressed.

Chinese Belt and Road Initiative Suffers a Double-Blow from Hydropower Agreements

Madeleine Lovelle, Research Analyst Future Directions International 29 November 2017 In her paper titled “Chinese Belt and Road Initiative Suffers a Double-Blow from Hydropower Agreements” Madeleine Lovelle, Research Analyst, Global Food and Water Crises Programme, writes that despite several memoranda of understanding being signed with Pakistan and Nepal, both countries have pulled out of dam-building agreements…

Water Resource Development in Northern Australia

The development of northern Australia, as outlined in the Federal Government White Paper, Our North Our Future: Developing Northern Australia of 2015, will be heavily dependent on the delivery of an adequate water supply to food and agribusiness and other industries if goals are to be achieved. While physical challenges can be overcome with detailed water resource assessments economic, environmental and governance issues may delay and limit development objectives.

Lifting the Fukushima Exports Ban Won’t Save Japan’s Agribusinesses

Japan has called on certain South-East Asian countries to lift an import ban on agricultural products coming from areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, assuring the safety of food supplies. To boost agribusiness and exports, however, Japan needs to address wider structural flaws in its agricultural industry.

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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