The "Quad" and disaster management: An Australian perspective

Kate Stevenson, HDP Envall

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    Australian military disaster relief has matured from reluctant one-off deployments to an accepted piece of Australia�s 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 �Quad�) 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Disaster Response: Rebuilding the Quad?
    Editors Yuki Tatsumi and Jason Li
    Place of PublicationWashington, DC
    PublisherStimson Center
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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