Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

Global Food and Water Crises

Australia’s greatest responsibility and opportunity in the 21st century is to help feed a hungry world. Mobilisation of political will and an overhaul of the existing global food systems are critical to avert crises.

Indian Farm Bills Seek to Liberalise Agricultural Markets

The legislation is designed to give Indian farmers greater bargaining power in agricultural markets, which could improve their financial position and Indian food security.

US Launches Mekong Partnership as Chinese Debt Trap Closes on Laos

Washington launched a new partnership with Mekong countries to counter rising Chinese influence in continental South-East Asia. As parts of the region are pulled closer into Beijing’s orbit, however, it is unlikely that the new partnership will alter the geopolitical situation.

UAE and Israel Discuss Closer Co-operation in Food and Water Security

After normalising diplomatic relations, the UAE and Israel could both stand to benefit from closer collaboration in agricultural and water research and development.

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

While Australian agricultural exports to China remained steady in the first half of 2020, the latest trade data suggests that they will face considerable headwinds for the foreseeable future. As Beijing continues to target Australian agricultural industries with trade bans and tariffs, in an attempt to apply political pressure to Canberra, it is in Australia’s interests to cultivate new export markets.

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 reach the import commitments that it agreed to in that deal, it has increased the volume of US agricultural goods that it is importing. It remains to be seen whether that will be sufficient to save the agreement after the US presidential election in November.

Pakistani Food Security Still Precarious After Lockdown

Although Pakistan appears to be past the worst of the economic turmoil of lockdown, history points towards a food security situation that, unfortunately, is likely to worsen.

Zimbabwe’s Troubles Continue to Mount as Drought Hits Drinking Water

Drinking water shortages in urban areas are a symptom of a wider economic disaster unfolding in Zimbabwe.

China Struggles with Food Supply Following a Summer of Disaster

Xi Jinping exhorts citizens to avoid wasting food as supply falters and prices soar.

Iraqi Food Security at Risk in a Year of Mounting Disasters

There is likely to be a significant increase in poverty across Iraq as a result of a severe economic downturn brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, a decline in oil production and a sharp decrease in international oil prices. That is expected to contribute to a significant, and persistent, rise in food insecurity across the country.

Beirut Explosion Highlights the Critical State of Lebanese Food Security

The destruction of a major port and grain silo has drawn attention to Lebanon’s spiralling food insecurity situation.

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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