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Global Land Limitations

1 ISSUES IDENTIFIED a.Population The issue of population growth focused primarily on the nature of growth, its geographical location and its effect on food security.  The world’s population growth is estimated to reach almost 9 billion by 2050. This is an increase of between 40 and 45 per cent on current levels and will represent...

Japan’s Short-term Food Crisis Overshadows More Prolonged Emerging Challenge

Background As Japan grapples with an immediate food and water crisis as a result of the earthquake, more concerning for the government is the loss of up to 70 per cent of its farmers over the next 5-10 years as “baby-boomers” leave their farms. The age demographic realities of the farming population will make it...

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...

Expansion of Pilbara Ports to Power Region’s Economy

25 November 2010 | Northern Australia & Land Care

Download PDF    Summary The ongoing strategic importance of the Pilbara region's ports is highlighted by announcements made throughout 2010 by major resource companies on the expansion and improvement of their export capacity. North West Australia’s climatic conditions and sometimes extreme weather events, such as the annual incidence of tropical cyclones, provide elements of risk...

Strategic Risk and North West Australia’s Critical Infrastructure

26 October 2010 | Northern Australia & Land Care

Download PDF Summary The Pilbara region is considered ‘the engine room of the Australian economy’.1 This region produces approximately twenty percent of Australia’s exports. According to Regional Development Australia, this is ‘made possible by 0.2 percent of the national population’. Onshore and offshore resource projects, such as Gorgon, Wheatstone and Pluto, continue unabated. The North...

The Impact of Skilled Labour Shortages on the Pilbara Region

17 September 2010 | Northern Australia & Land Care

Download PDF Summary The minerals and energy industry continues to make a significant contribution to employment and wider economic activity in the communities of regional Australia, and to governments directly through taxes and royalties. Skilled labour shortages, however, will continue to have an impact on the nation’s future growth and development prospects, especially in the...

Australia and the New Geopolitics of Energy

12 August 2010 | Other FDI Reports

Download PDF Summary The principal aim of this Strategic Analysis Paper is to discuss what has become known as the “new geopolitics of energy” and to consider Australia’s place within that characterisation. The paper will then describe the geopolitics of Australia’s role as an energy exporter to Asia, with special reference to the export of...

The Global Energy Demand for Australian-Sourced LNG

23 June 2010 | Other FDI Reports

Download PDF Summary Energy is a commodity that continues to have both strategic and economic significance for Australia. Energy, and in particular, gas, will continue to be a central element in Australia’s future prosperity. The nation’s gas resources are sizeable, third only to coal and uranium. Nearly all of Australia’s conventional gas resources, however, are...

Iraqi Oilfield Development Contracts: Implications

11 January 2010 | Other FDI Reports

Download PDF Summary Baghdad’s award of several oil field development contracts augers well for Iraq’s economic future. But there are substantial security, technical and constitutional challenges to be met, to say nothing of the problem that is likely to confront OPEC. Analysis An increase in crude oil production is vital to Iraq’s development. Currently receiving...

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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