FDI’s Research Focus for 2015

20 January 2015 FDI Team

 

FDI’s research for 2015 will continue to focus on its analyses of the future in three key areas:

  • The opportunities and challenges for Australia in the Indian Ocean region.
  •  The likelihood of a global food and water crisis and the implications of such an event for Australia.
  • The opportunities and challenges for Australia in the development of its northern and inland areas, concentrating initially on the regeneration of its landscape.

I outlined the research tasks that we set ourselves in some detail in my letter to you dated 17 December 2014.

Analysis of the future, or providing intelligence assessments, can often be a demanding task.  The future, of course, is what we want it to be.  Most of FDI’s analysis is based on the next 15 to 30 years with its food and water crisis reaching out to 2050.

It is also demanding because no one consistently predicts the future with any accuracy.  And yet, if we do not attempt to understand the future, we will be even more surprised when it finally arrives.  We must also be prepared to change or adjust our conclusions as we receive new information or take account of unanticipated events or outcomes or understand issues more clearly.

Tomorrow, FDI will release its first Strategic Weekly Analysis for 2015.  This will include a number of short, current intelligence items that support or amend judgements previously made on our three research areas.

On Thursday, FDI will issue its first Strategic Analysis Paper for the year.  These papers seek to examine a particular item, again making judgements about its future.  These papers are usually between 1500 and 3000 words with two or three being published each week.

FDI also issues a number of other papers, including Interviews, papers written by Associates, Workshop Reports and Landmark Studies.  The latter tends to be a composition of a number of other papers.  The last Landmark Study, titled The Indian Ocean Region: A Framework for Australian Policy Makers, was published in mid-December 2015.

FDI attempts to produce papers that will influence those who have the responsibility and interest to use its research in developing and implementing policy at national, regional and community levels.  As such, its analysis needs to be timely and relevant. It must also be presented in a way that busy people can decide quickly if it is something they should read.  FDI papers, therefore, seek to be short, direct and unambiguous, frequently starting with a summary of key points or deductions.

I hope that we continue to engage your interest.  Should you wish to receive the information directly, and do not already do so, please communicate with us through this link: [email protected]au

Thank you and may I wish you a most successful 2015.

Major General John Hartley AO (Retd)
Institute Director and CEO

Future Directions International

Major General John Hartley AO (Retd)
Institute Director and CEO
Future Directions International
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Major General John Hartley AO (Retd)
Institute Director and CEO
Future Directions International
– See more at: https://futuredirections.org.au/publications/from-the-ceo.html#sthash.IMnvW9Y4.dpuf
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