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From System Shock to System Change – Regenerative Opportunities

We have a choice. The next decade could see us transition into a world of ever more destabilising shocks, or towards a reconfiguration of the systems we rely on based on goals of equity, sustainability and resilience. Forum for the Future, a leading international sustainability non-profit organisation with offices in London, New York, Singapore and…

Myanmar’s Latest Coup: What is to be Done?

Writing that Myanmar has always had the capacity to surprise, Dr Selth explores the motivations and implications of the coup d’état launched by the country’s military, the Tatmadaw. Dr Selth notes that the international community has never been able to agree on the best approach towards Myanmar, with policies ranging over the years from tough sanctions…

Does Australia need Nuclear-Powered Submarines and a Nuclear-Power Sector?

Mr Hughes writes that, to a very large degree, anything associated with a nuclear industry or which has a nuclear basis, whether civilian or military, is anathema in Australia. Citing the delays and cost overruns that now hinder Australia’s Attack-class submarines, Mr Hughes sees such thinking as impeding Australia’s climate commitments as well as its…

Myanmar’s Latest Coup: What is to be Done?

Writing that Myanmar has always had the capacity to surprise, Dr Selth explores the motivations and implications of the coup d’état launched by the country’s military, the Tatmadaw. Dr Selth notes that the international community has never been able to agree on the best approach towards Myanmar, with policies ranging over the years from tough…

Too Many Eggs in the Dragon’s Basket? Part Two: Diversifying Australia’s Export Base

Having taken stock of Australia’s trading relationship with China to pose the question of whether Canberra has become too dependent on Beijing as an export destination, Mr Hull now draws on his experience as a former Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner to assess the strengths and weaknesses of Australia’s exporting model, the feasibility of reducing the trade reliance on China…

Too Many Eggs in the Dragon’s Basket? Part One: Australia’s Reliance on Exports to China

In this paper, FDI Associate Greg Hull takes stock of Australia’s trading relationship with China to pose the question of whether, in the wake of the tariffs and restrictions placed on a number of Australian exports by the Chinese authorities, Australia has become too dependent on China as an export destination. To view this paper in…

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

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

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

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

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…

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  • 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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