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Beyond China: Alternative markets for Australian farmers

For years Australian farmers have enjoyed secure and growing exports to China but the trade situation has now deteriorated with bans, tariffs, rejections and legal challenges. Mervyn Piesse assesses the situation and explains why it’s time to diversify and develop alternative markets. To listen to this interview, in full, on ABC Radio, click here

Chinese Imports of US Farm Goods Remain Robust in the Face of Deteriorating Relations

The United States and China reaffirmed their commitment to the Phase One Trade Agreement last month. While Beijing is unlikely to import the amount of US goods that it agreed to in that deal, it has increased the volume of US agricultural goods that it is importing. There are fears of rising food insecurity in…

The Politicisation of Australian Agricultural Trade with China Suggests that New Export Markets Need to be Cultivated

Beijing imposed trade bans and tariffs on some of the most valuable Australian agricultural exports in 2020. While those exports remained steady in the first half of the year, the latest trade data suggests that they have begun to sharply decline and will continue to face headwinds for the foreseeable future. Beijing has shown that…

Lebanon: A Fractured Nation with a Chequered History and a Troubled Future

In this paper, FDI Visiting Fellow Saloni Salil explores the ramifications of the massive ammonium nitrate blast that recently rocked Beirut, and which has brought to the fore – and exacerbated – the ongoing political crisis in Lebanon. To read this paper in full, on the APO website, click here

Kenya and Djibouti in Stoush for United Nations Security Council Seat

The claims and counterclaims made by Kenya and Djibouti as each attempts to secure the sole non-permanent Africa Group seat becoming available on the UN Security Council are undermining the credibility of both countries and, potentially, the ability to address important regional issues. To read this paper in full, on the Daily Nation website, click…

Tourism as an Agent of Recovery in Post-COVID-19 Southern Africa

In this paper, programme Research Manager Leighton G. Luke looks at the tourism industry in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and assesses its potential to be an economic lifeline in a post-COVID-19 travel environment. He finds that the tourism sector will not be the sole path to recovery, but, in many…

Tourism as an Agent of Recovery in Post-COVID-19 Southern Africa

In this paper, programme Research Manager Leighton G. Luke looks at the tourism industry in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and assesses its potential to be an economic lifeline in a post-COVID-19 travel environment. He finds that the tourism sector will not be the sole path to recovery, but, in many…

The COVID-19 pandemic draws attention to vulnerabilities in the global food system

The global food system has performed better than first anticipated during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the early stages, several large food exporting countries threatened to place barriers on the international trade of food. They have largely refrained from doing so, however, supporting international food security. The sharp economic shock and rapid rise in unemployment, however,…

Global Water Supply and Demand Trends Point Towards Rising Water Insecurity

Global water demand is expected to continue to rise over the next 30 years and natural water supplies will probably be insufficient to meet that demand in some parts of the world. Water conservation remains the best option to reduce water stress, but it is not always a viable option. Managed aquifer recharge, water recycling…

Trump and Trumpism: The Creation of a Legacy?

In a paper that will also form the basis for a future examination of the foreign policy priorities of a possible second-term Trump Administration, FDI Senior Research Analyst Lindsay Hughes explores why many ordinary US citizens may decide to vote for President Trump in the forthcoming presidential election. To read this paper in full, on…

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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