Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

From the CEO

From the CEO: The National Soils Advocate

7 September 2020 | From the CEO, Other FDI Reports

Last week, the Prime Minister announced that a former Governor of Queensland and distinguished Australian diplomat, Hon. Penelope Wensley, AC, would be the next National Soils Advocate. In making the announcement, the Prime Minister also thanked General Jeffery – our founder, former Chairman and current Patron – for his tireless advocacy in promoting soil health across Australia and internationally.

FDI Outlook and Analysis During COVID-19 Pandemic

After several weeks of COVID-19 lockdown, we are gradually emerging and relaxing our social distancing obligations. FDI will re-start its publication process from next week with the production of three papers per week. On Tuesday and Thursday, we will issue either a Strategic Analysis Paper, an Associate Paper or a Feature Interview. Our Wednesday edition will continue the Strategic Weekly Analysis that covers three items of immediate interest.

FDI Outlook and Analysis for 2020

21 January 2020 | From the CEO, Other FDI Reports

In 2020, FDI’s research will continue to focus on three areas: determining whether there will be a global food and water crisis between now and 2050; geostrategic developments, including opportunities and challenges for Australia, in the Indian Ocean region over the next 25 years; and what environmental and other challenges Australia might face in the development of northern Australia over the next 25 years and how these challenges might be met.

FDI Research in 2018 and Intentions for 2019

19 December 2018 | From the CEO, Other FDI Reports

In 2019, FDI’s research will continue to focus on three areas: determining whether there will be a global food and water crisis between now and 2050; geostrategic developments, including opportunities and challenges for Australia, in the Indian Ocean region over the next 20 years; and identifying key developments in northern Australia over the next two decades, with an initial focus on landscape regeneration.

The Normalisation of Japanese Policy in the Indian Ocean Region

Japan’s political and military normalisation under the stewardship of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is well and truly underway. Japan is taking an increasingly proactive approach to the Indian Ocean Region, as is evident from its various regional endeavours. It is partnering with countries from around the Indian Ocean rim to build capacity and develop infrastructure, while growing local economies and raising living standards. Tokyo would appear to be taking an approach in which the offer of aid does not necessarily imply the eventual dependence of the recipient on the donor.

FDI Outlook and Analysis for 2018

23 January 2018 | From the CEO, Other FDI Reports

Across the Indo-Pacific Region, the year ahead has all the hallmarks of continuing geopolitical uncertainly and the likelihood of increasing concern over a number of non-traditional challenges that include changes in demographic trends, the impact of climate change, the ability to meet food and water demands, rising inequality and the impact on employment of increased automation.

Food and Water Security in the Middle East to 2030: An Overview of FDI’s Landmark Study

Next week, FDI will publish a Landmark Study that examines the food and water security situation of the Middle East to 2030. This paper is a summary of the major conclusions reached in the study.

FDI Research for 2017

24 January 2017 | From the CEO, Other FDI Reports

FDI’s research continues to evolve but remains focussed on three general topics: the Indian Ocean Region and the opportunities for Australia over the next 20 years; the possibility of a global food and water crisis and its impact on Australia between now and 2050; and the development of northern Australia, especially in relation to what needs to be done to improve the quality of its soils.

Indian Ocean Dialogue 2015

9 September 2015 | From the CEO

FDI, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with support from the Indian Ocean Rim Association Secretariat and the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, convened the second Indian Ocean Dialogue in Perth.

2015 is the International Year of Soil

6 February 2015 | From the CEO

Fertile soil is finite and invaluable. We need healthy and fertile soils now more than ever. Projections suggest that the amount of arable land will be reduced by half by 2050.

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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