Australian military disaster relief has matured from reluctant one-off deployments to an accepted piece of Australiaï¿½s strategic engagement in the Indo-Pacific. For regional cooperation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) provides not only a practical setting for training and joint operations but also a form of international engagement acceptable regardless of political climate. The revival of quadrilateral security consultations bringing together the US, Japan, India, and Australia (referred to as the ï¿½Quadï¿½) represent a potential avenue for HA/DR and related cooperation as an instrument for international diplomacy. For Australia, this form of engagement could give greater substance and a practical element to regional partnerships, tying together the concept of the Indo-Pacific and bringing India further into regional cooperation. However, existing HA/DR frameworks, the trend toward bilateral disaster relief, and the political tension generated by growing Chinese assertiveness will make it hard to convince sceptics that the Quad is viable as a means of strengthening diplomacy by HA/DR.
|Title of host publication||International Disaster Response: Rebuilding the Quad?|
|Editors||Yuki Tatsumi and Jason Li|
|Place of Publication||Washington, DC|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|