Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

Feature Interviews

‘The Objective I Have for the Army is to be Able to Confront the Full Spectrum of Threats’ – General Teeravat Boonyapradub, Royal Thai Army

30 August 2011 | Feature Interviews

  Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe FDI Senior Analyst Download PDF Key Points The Royal Thai Army is modernising its weapons systems and equipment in preparation for a number of potential future contingencies ranging from conventional to irregular threats. Presently, Thailand appears to be more concerned about its restive Islamic population in the south of the country, than...

‘I See the Indian Ocean to be as Important as the Pacific’ – Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston

5 July 2011 | Feature Interviews

Download PDF    Key Points As the Indian Ocean’s importance continues to increase, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston believes that: Australia’s defence forces must be able to operate in both the Pacific and Indian Oceans simultaneously Australia will need to engage the military leadership of China, India and other Indian Ocean littoral states Existing base...

South African Taps into Kimberley Potential

20 June 2011 | Feature Interviews

Download PDF Key Points Indonesian cattle exports face uncertain future as Indonesia seeks self-sufficiency Summer cropping gives cattle breeders scope for income security Soil and water conditions provide Kimberley with significant untapped potential South African farmers, eager to come to Australia, would bring new farming methods that would lift farm production levels. Background As the...

Timor-Leste: Operation Tower Monitors Stability

16 June 2011 | Feature Interviews

Download PDF    Key Points Australian military observers in Timor-Leste report that: Progress has been made in training and integrating Timor-Leste’s security forces. Timor-Leste has achieved a respectable degree of self-sufficiency in maintaining internal security. For the foreseeable future, Australia’s military involvement in Timor-Leste under a UN mandate will remain integral to the stabilisation of...

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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