Organisation

Future Directions International

Acronym:
FDI

Future Directions International (FDI) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute. It was established in 2000, by Major General (Retd) the Honourable Michael Jeffery (former Governor General of Australia), together with a small group of leading Australians, to conduct comprehensive research of important medium to long-term issues facing Australia.

Report

Does Australia need nuclear-powered submarines and a nuclear-power sector?

In light of Australia’s climate commitments, it stands to reason that the creation of a nuclear-power sector ought to be revisited, writes Lesley Hughes.
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Chinese tariffs on Australian wine in 2020: the domestic drivers of international coercion

This paper documents China’s policies to develop its domestic wine industry, which it regards as more achievable without competition from Australian imports. Protectionism appears to be an important driver of the trade barriers on Australian wine.
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Myanmar’s latest coup: what is to be done?

The international community has never been able to agree on the best approach towards Myanmar, with policies ranging over the years from tough sanctions to uncritical engagement. This paper concedes that there are no quick or easy answers to the complex questions surrounding modern Myanmar.
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Political and governance challenges confronting Timor-Leste

This paper looks at the primary challenges that Timor-Leste faces, on both the economic and political fronts.
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US ties to allies under the Biden Administration

This report argues that President Biden may be more predictable and less transactional than Trump, but the world order has witnessed a significant change. Moreover, while the new US president has made working with allies and multilateralism a priority, his primary challenges are domestic.