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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...

China-India rivalry in the Maldives

China and the Maldives first established diplomatic relations in 1972. Since then, relations have gradually developed. More recently, Indian policy analysts referred to China’s soft power rise throughout South Asia as a “creeping expansionism”. They went so far as to accuse China of harboring ambitions to set up a submarine base facility in the Maldives....

China refutes Gwadar naval base conjecture

Predictably, the remarks attracted international attention. They reinforced existing views among foreign commentators, who believe that China has intentions to build a series of naval bases in the Indian Ocean, which have been referred to as the “string of pearls”. Nonetheless, it should be equally emphasized that any analysis of Gwadar should be seen as...

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...

Why the Indian Ocean Matters

However, the relative decline of US power in the region has left a void that is increasingly being filled by China and India, both eager to secure their position as major powerbrokers in global affairs. It’s this confluence of events and interests that’s starting to make strategic developments in the region particularly interesting right now....

Indian Ocean’s ‘Great Game’

31 January 2011 | FDI in the News: International

Due to the confluence of common strategic interests shared by the world's major powers, a new great game is emerging in the Indian Ocean region. Both China and India have fostered initiatives and forums to attract and project their power and influence. For instance, China has two main multilateral forums, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and...

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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.

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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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