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India urges Sri Lankan reconciliation with Tamils

13 February 2012 | FDI in the News: Australia

  Presenter: Joanna McCarthy. Speakers: S.M. Krishna, Indian External Affairs Minister; Serge DeSilva Runasinghe, Research Manager for South and West Asia. Future Directions International. 18 January 2012. See:

History repeating: Australian military power in the Cocos Islands

20 January 2012 | FDI in the News: Australia

  In the earliest days of World War I, Australia recorded its first major naval victory when HMAS Sydney sank the German light cruiser Emden off the Cocos Islands. Nearly a century later, the remote island and atoll group off the northwestern coast is again an area of major military importance. In late November 2011,...

Naturally, Serengeti holds answers as graziers win battle to save the land

1 December 2011 | FDI in the News: Australia

FOR former governor-general Michael Jeffery, the Murray-Darling Basin plan and carbon tax debate are side issues to the urgent task of transforming how Australian farmers manage the land. Major General Jeffery wants to prove that, done well, natural farming methods can satisfy the water needs of agriculture and the environment, improve farm productivity and lock...

Indo-US defence cooperation: a confluence of strategic interests

2 August 2011 | FDI in the News: Australia

Comment Since the US intervention in Afghanistan, Indo-US relations have expanded and developed into what is now a strategic partnership. A significant facet of this relationship is in the sphere of defence co-operation, which has seen successive US governments sell high-tech arms and military equipment to the Indian military. The latest deal follows in the...

Starvation Stakes

1 August 2011 | FDI in the News: Australia

By Katherine Fleming, 23 July 2011 It sounds like mission impossible: to feed the world we need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we did in the past 500, without using more land, water, energy or fertiliser, amid a rapidly growing population and against a background of climate change. It’s...

Defence could protect oil, gas industry

1 August 2011 | FDI in the News: Australia

By Max Blenkin, AAP Defence Correspondent 22 June 2011   More warships and combat aircraft could be based in western and northern Australia to provide frontline defence against terror or pirate attack on the booming oil and gas industry. Defence Minister Stephen Smith said a new review of the defence force's posture would ensure the...

Former Governor General warns of looming shortages

Australia's former Governor General Michael Jeffery says the world is on the brink of a massive food and water shortage which global governments are largely unprepared for. Speaking at the Boao Forum for Asia conference in Perth, Major General Jeffery said there was increasing demand for water and suitable land for agriculture. He says this...

A new man on the front line

HE'S highly intelligent, a proven performer and a natural leader - qualities that make David Hurley, the soldier chosen to lead the Australian Defence Force, the obvious man for the job. He is ideally suited for the task of overseeing an enormous - and ill-starred - equipment acquisition program and has the qualifications for co-ordinating...

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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.

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  • 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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