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Strategic Weekly Analysis

Vol. 2, № 24. Download PDF From the Editor's Desk Dear FDI supporters, Welcome to this week’s edition of the Strategic Weekly Analysis. This week, the Indian Ocean research programme features two reports looking at Saudi Arabia-Iran relations: the announcement that the Kingdom will seek to acquire nuclear weapons in the event that regional rival...

‘I See the Indian Ocean to be as Important as the Pacific’ – Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston

5 July 2011 | Feature Interviews
Download PDF    Key Points As the Indian Ocean’s importance continues to increase, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston believes that: Australia’s defence forces must be able to operate in both the Pacific and Indian Oceans simultaneously Australia will need to engage the military leadership of China, India and other Indian Ocean littoral states Existing base...

Photo Gallery

4 July 2011 | Uncategorised

{gallery}KidnappersEvent{/gallery} 27 August 2013 – Future Directions International and Unity Resources Group co-host Kidnapping Presentation: “Kidnapping Risks, Trends and Lessons from Asia to Africa” at Government House Ballroom, Perth.     {gallery}tenthanniversary{/gallery} 2 December 2010 – Future Directions International Tenth Anniversary at Government House Ballroom, Perth.  

FDI in the News

4 July 2011 | Uncategorised


Defence Feasibility Study for Northern Australia

Background Defence Minister Stephen Smith last week announced plans to conduct a Force Structure Review to ensure that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is geopolitically positioned to meet emerging strategic and security issues along the nation’s northern and western coastlines. Comment Mr Smith announced that former Defence Department Secretaries Dr Alan Hawke and Mr Ric...

WA Liberal Party Food Security Vision

Background Food security was the focus of the Western Australian Liberal Party’s Forrest Division annual conference, held in Margaret River on 17-18 June 2011. The Conference was attended by WA Premier Colin Barnett and several other Government Ministers and parliamentarians. The “show of force” highlighted the growing awareness and concern in the Party about ensuring...

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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