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.

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Beijing’s great game in the Indo-Pacific: future dynamics

This paper argues that the dynamics in the Indo-Pacific will now probably be predicated on pushback against China, which the world is already witnessing with the realignment of alliances, the rise of regional powers and American endurance.
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The Chinese distant water fishing fleet and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing has been described as the leading maritime security threat and the Chinese distant water fishing fleet is likely to be the world’s leading perpetrator. While Beijing has taken steps to address wrongdoing in the Chinese fishing industry, it might continue...
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Dishing the dirt: Australia’s move to store carbon in soil is a problem for tackling climate change

The Morrison Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap identifies soil carbon as a potential way to reduce emissions from agriculture and to offset other emissions. However, the government’s plan contains misconceptions about the general effectiveness of soil carbon as an emissions reduction strategy.
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Xi’s UN speech: when rhetoric did not meet reality

General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations is a classic example of the Chinese Communist Party’s doublespeak. Almost every statement was hypocritical when examined in light of such CCP actions as the suppression...
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Wildfires, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change

Around the world, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that carbon produced by wildfires is making a significant contribution to the volume of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, where it contributes to climate change.