Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

Global Food and Water Crises

Australia’s greatest responsibility and opportunity in the 21st century is to help feed a hungry world. Mobilisation of political will and an overhaul of the existing global food systems are critical to avert crises.

Is Pakistan Sacrificing its Food and Water Security to Outmanoeuvre India?

China has promised Pakistan that it will fund the construction of five dams that will form the North Indus River Cascade. The project, however, is primarily aimed at countering Indian dam projects and highlights Pakistan’s willingness to sacrifice its food and water security to do so.

UN Ocean Conference: A Win for the Blue Economy and International Water Diplomacy

The UN World Ocean Conference was an attempt to signal the immense value that the international community places on the world’s oceans, and that any multilateral efforts to address environmental challenges in the age of Trump will not be deterred.

Demographics in South Asia to 2030: The Status of Women and Sustainable Population Growth

In this paper, FDI Global Food and Water Crisis Research Analyst Benjamin Walsh evaluates the importance of women in ensuring sustainable population growth in South Asia out to 2030. He argues that, throughout South Asia, improvements in female health, employment and education is critical to sustainable population growth. By giving women greater choice in family planning they will be more likely to pursue smaller, economically sustainable families.

Qatar: Greece Could Replace Gulf Food Suppliers

After years of economic crisis, young people in Greece are moving into farming careers. The increasingly youthful Greek agricultural sector, with EU assistance and an absence of Gulf-styled geopolitics, may spur Qatar to explore its Greek food security options.

India to Assist African Agricultural Industry

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an initiative to double the income of African farmers by 2022. Despite its altruistic appearance, India’s involvement in Africa is also very much in its own national interest.

How an Iranian Water Crisis Could Intensify Regional Geopolitics, the Country’s Brain Drain and the Deep State

Due to the gross mismanagement of water supplies, Iran will likely face a water crisis in the next 25 years, resulting in as many as 50 million people fleeing the country. Such a crisis will worsen existing regional tensions, the country’s ability to retain educated individuals and the distrust many have for the regime.

Addressing Water Insecurity in Central Asia: A Steppe on the One Belt, One Road Initiative?

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.

South African Drought: Cape Town Down to its Last Drops

Two years of drought and an overreliance on stored surface water has led to a severe water crisis in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. The government has proposed a range of solutions, but each option poses challenges to the sustainable achievement of water security.

Regional Pressure to Make Illegal Fishing a Transnational Crime: Is it a Feasible Solution?

As Indonesia seeks international support to declare illegal fishing a transnational crime, it is only likely to go part way to addressing the problem. Multilateral operations that focus on combatting the issue will also be necessary.

Violent Clashes Increase in Kenya over the Depleting Lake Turkana

Ethnic tensions are likely to grow as an upstream Ethiopian dam restricts the lake’s freshwater inflow, adding to Kenya’s rising instability leading up to the August elections.

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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