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Japan’s Short-term Food Crisis Overshadows More Prolonged Emerging Challenge

Background As Japan grapples with an immediate food and water crisis as a result of the earthquake, more concerning for the government is the loss of up to 70 per cent of its farmers over the next 5-10 years as “baby-boomers” leave their farms. The age demographic realities of the farming population will make it...

Global Land Limitations Roundtable

18 March 2011 | Media and Events
This roundtable, to be held in Perth, will focus on global land limitations and availability in meeting future agricultural needs. Attending the roundtable will be representatives from industry, academia and state government. The purpose for this workshop is to determine: What impact will land availability have in meeting the anticipated additional demands for food, resulting...

Afghanistan: Shooting and Chewing Gum at the Same Time

17 March 2011 | Indian Ocean
Download PDF Summary In Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence wrote ‘…the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.’ While Lawrence’s extraordinary World War One mission was in Arabia fighting the Turks, his comment epitomises the mindset one is confronted with in Afghanistan...

Why the Indian Ocean Matters

However, the relative decline of US power in the region has left a void that is increasingly being filled by China and India, both eager to secure their position as major powerbrokers in global affairs. It’s this confluence of events and interests that’s starting to make strategic developments in the region particularly interesting right now....

The Pilbara Region’s Future Security Needs

8 February 2011 | Media and Events
This workshop will focus on 'The Pilbara Region's Future Security Needs'. This video conference workshop will be conducted between venues in Perth, Port Hedland and Karratha. This workshop will again bring together representatives from industry, academia, State, Federal and Local government. The purpose for this workshop is to inform the Australian government and its people of...

Indian Ocean’s ‘Great Game’

31 January 2011 | FDI in the News: International
Due to the confluence of common strategic interests shared by the world's major powers, a new great game is emerging in the Indian Ocean region. Both China and India have fostered initiatives and forums to attract and project their power and influence. For instance, China has two main multilateral forums, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and...

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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