Journal article

Australia's humanitarian response to disasters in the South Pacific

Derek McDougall

ASIAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE POLITICS | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Australian involvement in humanitarian affairs in the South Pacific is indicative of tensions that can arise between ‘humanitarianism as diplomacy’ and ‘humanitarian diplomacy’. Australia aims to play a leading role in relation to the Pacific island countries (PICs), and its humanitarian involvement can assist in that respect. However, despite Australia’s attempts to prevent or mitigate climate-related disasters, tensions have arisen because of Australia’s cautious climate change policies. The main influences on Australia’s involvement in humanitarian affairs in the South Pacific are political and bureaucratic factors within those parts of the Australian government concerned with relations w..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore assisted with research funding.