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Expansion of Pilbara Ports to Power Region’s Economy

25 November 2010 | Northern Australia & Land Care
Download PDF    Summary The ongoing strategic importance of the Pilbara region's ports is highlighted by announcements made throughout 2010 by major resource companies on the expansion and improvement of their export capacity. North West Australia’s climatic conditions and sometimes extreme weather events, such as the annual incidence of tropical cyclones, provide elements of risk...

11 November 2010: The Challenges of Developing the Pilbara and its Future Security Needs

10 November 2010 | Media and Events
11 November 2010: The Challenges of Developing the Pilbara and its Future Security NeedsFDI’s Northern Australia Research Programme will proudly host on 11 November 2010 the first of a series of invitation-only research workshops. Two areas for discussion at this workshop will be 'The Challenges of Developing the Pilbara' and 'The Pilbara's Future Security Needs'. This...

Strategic Risk and North West Australia’s Critical Infrastructure

26 October 2010 | Northern Australia & Land Care
Download PDF Summary The Pilbara region is considered ‘the engine room of the Australian economy’.1 This region produces approximately twenty percent of Australia’s exports. According to Regional Development Australia, this is ‘made possible by 0.2 percent of the national population’. Onshore and offshore resource projects, such as Gorgon, Wheatstone and Pluto, continue unabated. The North...

29 October 2010: FDI Supports 2nd Annual National Security & Strategy Workshop

5 October 2010 | Media and Events
29 October 2010: FDI Supports 2nd Annual National Security & Strategy Workshop Future Directions International proudly supports the 2nd Annual National Security & Strategy Workshop ‘Afghanistan: The Old-New Geopolitical Blackhole’ Friday, 29 October 2010 09:00am - 3:00pm The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia The opening keynote address will be delivered by Future Directions International Institute...

Friday 1st October 2010, Dennis Rumley – Indian Ocean Research Group

1 October 2010 | Media and Events
Dennis Rumley, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Western Australia, Chairperson, Indian Ocean Research Group Inc. The title of his address is The Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG) Inc: History, Aims, Goals and Future Directions Much of Australia’s external focus has centred on the Pacific, Southeast and Eastern Asia. With its developing wealth, increasing population,...

The Impact of Skilled Labour Shortages on the Pilbara Region

17 September 2010 | Northern Australia & Land Care
Download PDF Summary The minerals and energy industry continues to make a significant contribution to employment and wider economic activity in the communities of regional Australia, and to governments directly through taxes and royalties. Skilled labour shortages, however, will continue to have an impact on the nation’s future growth and development prospects, especially in the...

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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