FDI Outlook and Analysis During COVID-19 Pandemic

14 May 2020 Major General John Hartley AO, (Retd), FDI Institute Director and CEO

After several weeks of COVID-19 lockdown, we are gradually emerging and relaxing our social distancing obligations.  There is still some way to go, however.

FDI has been fortunate to attract the JobKeeper programme and will re-start its publication process from next week.

Our intention is to produce three papers a week.  On Tuesday and Thursday, we will issue either a Strategic Analysis Publication or Associate Paper or Interview.  Our Wednesday edition will continue our Strategic Weekly Analysis that covers three items of immediate interest.

Our analysis will continue to reflect the future.  Expressed as questions, the three research areas are as follows:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges, in geo-strategic terms, facing Australia in the Indian Ocean region over the next 30 years?
  • Are we likely to face a global food and water crisis between now and 2050 and, if so, what will cause this, how will it emerge, what impact could this have on Australia and what should we, as a nation, do about it?
  • Looking to northern and rural Australia over the next 30 years, what are likely to be the major challenges that might confront us, particularly in terms of our environment and the care of our soils?

I should like to welcome back our 60,000 readers who view over three million pages each month.

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