Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

Strategic Analysis Paper

Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Indonesia

The climate adaptation strategies that will be of most benefit to Indonesia include infrastructure reinforcement to gain resilience and robustness when faced with floods or droughts, the establishment of early warning systems, sustainable and adaptive farming practices and disaster insurance. This paper will suggest adaptation measures that can be taken by the Indonesian Government and the Indonesian people to prepare for a changing climate.

How Climate Change Affects Food and Water Security in Indonesia

As a result of climatic change, Indonesia is likely to experience increased temperatures and more volatile dry and wet periods. Increased climate volatility is likely to reduce its domestic food and water security with implications for the supply of water to urban populations, the longevity of groundwater resources and agricultural productivity.

China in South Asia: The Case of Afghanistan

China has several reasons for wanting to enhance its ties with Afghanistan, including the need to tackle Islamic radicalism that threatens its Xinjiang province. Afghanistan also acts as a buffer state and provides a rich source of minerals, including lithium. If brought fully under Chinese influence, it would enable Beijing to replace the United States in the country and provide China with another route for its Belt and Road Initiative.

The Australian National Landcare Programme

The National Landcare Programme is the latest iteration of a series of organisations focused on landcare and sustainable agriculture issues. The Programme coordinates several sub-programmes and funding stream components. These components include a National Stream of funding, a Regional Stream of funding, an Indigenous component and a Marine component. In this paper, FDI will describe and discuss the history, structure, objectives and achievements of the National Landcare Programme in preparation for a more detailed analysis of the various components of the programme in the future.

The Ayatollahs and the Demonstrators: Is the Iranian Theocracy Running Out of Time?

There are a number of reasons for the recent anti-establishment demonstrations in Iran, but one common thread that runs through those various causes is the economic hardship faced by ordinary Iranians on a daily basis. If the economy continues to languish, the demonstrations could herald a precarious period in the immediate future for the country’s theocratic rulers.

African Food Security: Immediate Challenges Conceal Long-Term Opportunity

While parts of Africa are at risk of greater food insecurity in 2018, the long-term outlook for the continent is hopeful. Provided that current investment, research and assistance programmes are maintained and expanded as necessary, it is possible that the continent will begin to realise its underutilised agricultural potential.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia: Pitfalls in the Road Ahead

Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 plan is designed to wean Saudi Arabia off its near-total dependence on oil exports, boost its economy and counter growing Iranian influence in the region. There could be great rewards for Saudi Arabia, and for him personally, if his efforts to achieve those goals prove successful – just as there could be major pitfalls and dangers for both if those fail.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia: A Royal Revolution

Saudi Arabia is undergoing a revolution in its leadership, economy and social structure. It is unusual in that the impetus for change is coming from the very top, with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman implementing remarkable reforms at the behest of his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Even at this early stage, the unfolding royal revolution is having a major impact upon the kingdom, the region and beyond.

World Soil Day: Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground

Despite the essential role soil plays, there is a worldwide increase in soil degradation due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure, unsustainable agriculture, climate change and inadequate governance. Since 2012, World Soil Day has been held annually on 5 December to raise awareness and focus attention on the importance of the sustainable management of healthy soil resources. The theme for World Soil Day 2017 is “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground” to bring attention to the importance of soil and the problem of soil degradation.

Climate Change and Violent Conflict in Kenyan Pastoral Lands: UN Sustainable Development Goals Present a Way Forward

Climate change contributes to rising tensions between pastoral communities in north-west Kenya. Adaptive measures that help achieve sustainable growth and development could reduce the potential for conflict. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals offer a foundation upon which to build a national response that is sensitive to the specific needs of pastoral communities.

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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