Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is critical to global trade and food and energy security. Resources increasingly are being exploited by its littoral and island states. It is also a stage for the pursuit of global strategic and regional military and security interests.

Australia and the New Great Game in East Africa

3 May 2011 | Indian Ocean

Download PDF    Summary Over the last decade the declining influence of the West in East Africa has seen the balance of power increasingly move in favour of the emerging powerhouses of China and India. The two rising powers are actively vying for political and economic influence and access to the region’s coveted mineral deposits...

Afghanistan: Shooting and Chewing Gum at the Same Time

17 March 2011 | Indian Ocean

Download PDF Summary In Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence wrote ‘…the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.’ While Lawrence’s extraordinary World War One mission was in Arabia fighting the Turks, his comment epitomises the mindset one is confronted with in Afghanistan...

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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