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.

The Bear and the Dragon: Do Not Fear a Chinese Land Grab in the Russian Far East

Poor economic opportunities and an unstable investment climate will, over the long term, deter Chinese entrepreneurs from using land in the Far East as a long-term investment.

Egypt: Foreign Exchange Reserves to Reduce Food Insecurity?

Though subsidy cuts are costing many Egyptians, record foreign reserves could provide a safety net if food insecurity deepens.

Chinese Food and Water Security: The Effects of Air, Water and Soil Pollution

Chiense air, water and soil pollution must improve as these have a direct impact on food and water security. Addressing pollution levels will not be easy and will be costly for China. Australia is in a position to be able to assist through closer agricultural co-operation and knowledge sharing.

Russia: A Severe Winter, Poor Storage, Rising Food Prices and Troublesome Inflation

An extended winter and limited storage infrastructure has delayed this season’s fruit and vegetable harvest causing prices and inflation to rise. This will have far reaching implications for former members of the middle-class now living on and under the poverty line.

Syrian Agricultural Renewal: More of the Same or Preparation for the Future?

Rebuilding Syria’s agricultural sector presents an opportunity to better prepare for difficult conditions in the decades ahead.

The Implications for the Qatari Dairy Industry Following the GCC Sanctions

Qatar’s nascent dairy industry could lead to it increasing its foreign land holdings to better ensure the supply of fodder.

Iraq: Can the Cradle of Civilisation be Nurtured back to Health?

The Iraqi agricultural sector is severely damaged after years of conflict. Repairing it will help post-conflict reconstruction but, if the divisions within Iraqi society re-emerge, these efforts could be undermined.

India’s Groundwater Crisis: The Consequences of Unsustainable Pumping

India’s groundwater has reached a crisis point after years of unsustainable extraction and contamination. Addressing the problems requires demand and supply-side initiatives that recognise the role of the hydrogeological settings of the country’s aquifers.

US-Brokered Israel-Palestine Water Agreement

The recent Israel-Palestine water agreement promises that water will be supplied to Gaza, however, mixed US, Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on both the agreement and regional peace prevents the agreement graduating from a humanitarian to a diplomatic settlement.

Rising Wheat Price Could Undermine Food Security

While conditions are far less concerning than during the 2008 and 2010-11 food price crises, an increase in the price of staple foods erodes food security for poorer populations and countries that rely on imports.

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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