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Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in the Standoff at the Line of Actual Control

15 October 2020

FDI Associate Major-General S. B. Asthana, SM, VSM (Veteran), examines the continuing Sino-Indian military posturing and muscle-flexing in the contested eastern Ladakh region. Maj-Gen. Asthana notes that, while diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) are also continuing, India should insist on the proper delimitation and demarcation of the LAC,…

France Strengthens Partnership with India as First Rafale Fighters Delivered to IAF

15 October 2020

At a ceremony to hand over the first tranche of 36 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft to the Indian Air Force, French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly was clear about her country’s support for India as a primary strategic partner. To view this paper in full, on the South Asian Tribune website, click here

Dishing the Dirt: Australia’s Move to Store Carbon in Soil is a Problem for Tackling Climate Change

8 October 2020

To slow climate change, humanity has two main options: reduce greenhouse gas emissions directly or find ways to remove them from the atmosphere. Storing carbon in soil is often touted as a promising way to offset greenhouse gas emissions. There is, however, a catch. This Paper offers a critique of this strategy and finds that…

Wildfires, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change

29 September 2020

Until recently, carbon released into the atmosphere from wildfires was not considered a significant component of atmospheric greenhouse gas as it was assumed that over the climatic cycle this carbon would be returned to vegetative re-growth. In Australia this may well be the case. Globally, however, a growing body of evidence suggests that carbon produced…

Perspectives on Papua: Will Indonesia Loosen its Grip?

22 September 2020

In this paper, FDI Research Analyst Jarryd de Haan assesses the prospects for any moves towards independence in the two Papuan provinces, noting that the issue is likely to reignite as Indonesia renews its autonomy laws for the region. Even as Bougainville makes progress in its push for independence, the prospects for West Papua’s independence…

Beyond China: Alternative markets for Australian farmers

17 September 2020

For years Australian farmers have enjoyed secure and growing exports to China but the trade situation has now deteriorated with bans, tariffs, rejections and legal challenges. Mervyn Piesse assesses the situation and explains why it’s time to diversify and develop alternative markets. To listen to this interview, in full, on ABC Radio, click here

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