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Why Argentina’s oil grab is a massive economic gamble

3 May 2012
Author: Liam McHugh. Manager, Northern Australia and Energy Security Research Programme, FDI. 2 May 2012.  In mid-April, in the largest nationalisation since Russia’s acquisition of Yukos in 2003, Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, seized a majority stake in the oil company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF). Sabre-rattling and jingoistic rhetoric has increased dramatically in President...

The Australia-US Alliance: A Cost/Benefit Analysis

25 April 2012
  Author: Cavan Hogue Associate. FDI. 25 April 2012. The American alliance is an article of faith in Australia because it is said to underpin our security. There have been many reviews and White Papers but perhaps it is time for a hard-headed cost/benefit analysis. Australians have always been afraid of standing on their own...

Stability in Indian Ocean : ‘Don’t Militarize the “Great Connector”’

24 April 2012
With each passing year, these and other East Asian powers become more dependent on the free passage of oil across the Indian Ocean. This dependency makes China nervous. India and China have an ambivalent relationship. On the one hand, they have common interests, based on growing trade and similar positions in the World Trade Organization...

The Politics of Water Security between Afghanistan and Iran

21 March 2012

  Paula Hanasz, Associate, Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme Future Directions International. 21 March 2012.  An analysis of the politics of water security between Afghanistan and Iran.  To read the article, please click here  

Future Directions International Manager and U.S. Consul General address and network with Left Right Think Tank.

22 February 2012

  21 February 2012.   U.S. Consul General Aleisha Woodward and Future Directions International Indian Ocean Research Programme Manager Leighton Luke address and network with a Left Right Think Tank audience at the Curtin Graduate School of Business on Murray Street in Perth.     To read more, please click here    

Iranian Sanctions Predicament

13 February 2012
In a press conference on Jan. 29, India’s Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, clarified India’s position on sanctions targeting the sale of Iranian oil: “It is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the import from Iran drastically [emphasis added by author] because, after all, the countries which can provide the requirement of...

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