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Feature Interviews

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.

Darwin’s Importance to US Asia-Pacific Strategy

12 April 2012 | Feature Interviews

Download PDF   Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe FDI Senior Analyst   Key Points As part of the US realignment to the Asia-Pacific, the US and Australia have agreed to upgrade defence cooperation by deploying US rotational forces to Darwin to strengthen interoperability and engage in joint-training exercises with Australian and Southeast Asian forces. Darwin’s strategic location shall...

The ADF in Indonesia: Lessons from Operation Padang Assist

2 April 2012 | Feature Interviews

Download PDF   Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe FDI Senior Analyst   Key Points The ADF’s support to Indonesian authorities during Operation Padang Assist was an important confidence-building measure in strengthening relations between Australia and Indonesia. Modern disaster relief interventions require extensive inter-force military co-operation, including collaboration with non-military civilian agencies and foreign governments. The success of ADF...

The New Zealand Army Today: ‘A More Responsive, Smarter and Adaptable Army’

26 March 2012 | Feature Interviews

Download PDF Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe FDI Senior Analyst   Key Points 70 per cent of the New Zealand Army currently has overseas operational experience. Wellington is looking to refocus defence policy back towards the South Pacific as it prepares to draw down from Afghanistan. Strategic competition and state fragility pose significant security challenges in the South...

‘A Third of the RAN is based in the Indian Ocean’: Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Chief of the Royal Australian Navy

12 March 2012 | Feature Interviews

Download PDF   Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe Research Manager South and West Asia Programme   Key Points One third of the RAN operates in the Indian Ocean. HMAS Stirling, located in Western Australia, is the RAN’s largest base. While the Asia-Pacific will continue to remain critically important, the Indian Ocean has markedly risen in importance to the...

‘The Indian Ocean is Fundamental to UK Interests’ – Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, Royal Navy

27 January 2012 | Feature Interviews

  Download PDF Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe FDI Senior Analyst   Key Points 50 per cent of deployed Royal Navy manpower and assets are situated in the Indian Ocean Region. 25 per cent of the total British force deployed in Afghanistan comes from the Royal Navy. Due to budget constraints, the Royal Navy is increasingly seeking to...

Nation Building in Afghanistan: Australia’s Contribution to PRT Uruzgan

15 December 2011 | Feature Interviews

Download PDF Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe FDI Senior Analyst   Key Points PRT Uruzgan reconstruction and capacity-building initiatives have made progress since operations began. There have been noticeable developments in areas such as health care, education and infrastructure, the latter emphasising the construction of roads, bridges, schools and government buildings. Although significant resources have been injected, more...

‘The Search to Understand a Changing Climate Leads Inexorably to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean’ – Dr Tony Fleming, Australian Antarctic Division

24 November 2011 | Feature Interviews

  Download PDF   Key Points Antarctica-based scientific research is critical to developing an understanding of climate change and its likely environmental and ecological implications. Understanding globally significant processes driven by the South Ocean, principally, changes in surface energy, future greenhouse gas levels, sea-level rise, the variability and rate of change of climate and changes...

Australia and the Rise of China

8 November 2011 | Feature Interviews

  Download PDF Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe FDI Senior Analyst   Key Points The rise of China presents a challenge to Western pre-eminence and the diffusion of liberal political ideals. While China’s economic power has rapidly expanded, it also faces a number of looming internal challenges in areas such as governance, fiscal management and an ageing population,...

‘Somalia Helped us to Better Understand the Importance of Civil-Military Relations’ – General David Hurley, Chief of Defence Force

17 October 2011 | Feature Interviews

Download PDF Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe FDI Senior Analyst Key Points Establishing a secure environment early in a foreign humanitarian intervention is crucial to a mission’s success, especially in dealing with potential threats to public safety and the mission objectives. Developing functional and co-operative relations with the local civilian population is critical to achieving a humanitarian mission’s...

The Inspector of Transport Security Discusses Offshore Hydrocarbon Inquiry

13 October 2011 | Feature Interviews

Download PDF  Liam McHugh Manager Northern Australia and Energy Security Research Programmes   Key Points The Office of the Inspector of Transport Security (ITS) is empowered to conduct proactive and reactive risk assessments aimed at advising and strengthening transport and offshore security. The ITS creates quality risk assessments through industry/ government engagement, site examinations and international...

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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