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Legislation Required in Fracking Debate

Background Hydraulic fracturing has gained prominence in Europe and America in recent weeks, with reports linking the process to earthquakes, environmental damage and illnesses. Co-ordinated State and Federal legislation is required to reconcile community concerns and development of the emerging shale hydrocarbon industry. Comment Australian mining companies and projects are involved in a growing international...

China refutes Gwadar naval base conjecture

Predictably, the remarks attracted international attention. They reinforced existing views among foreign commentators, who believe that China has intentions to build a series of naval bases in the Indian Ocean, which have been referred to as the “string of pearls”. Nonetheless, it should be equally emphasized that any analysis of Gwadar should be seen as...

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Pakistan, US: New Joint Intelligence Initiative to Target Islamist Leaders

Background The United States and Pakistan will reportedly establish a joint intelligence organisation, to eliminate high value al-Qa’ida and Taliban members in Pakistan. Coincidentally, the senior Pakistani al-Qa’ida figure, Ilyas Kashmiri, was reportedly killed by a US unmanned aerial vehicle on 3 June. Comment While both issues are to be confirmed, any agreement between the...

Dialogue over Siachem Glacier Indicates Thaw in India-Pakistan Relations

Background Last week Indian and Pakistani Defence Ministers met for two days, to attempt to resolve the dispute over the demilitarisation of the Siachem Glacier. Although a breakthrough has yet to eventuate, the pledge to engage in ongoing dialogue over the issue may indeed point to a thaw in bilateral relations. Comment On the Siachem...

China-India Rivalry in the Maldives Set to Intensify

Background The 28-31 May visit to the Maldives by the most senior Chinese official ever to visit the Islamic archipelago-nation, went largely unreported in the Western media. The significance of the visit by Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, underscored the increasing importance of the Maldives to China’s regional...

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  • 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.

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  • A number of short articles addressing current intelligence topics, issued each week.

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