Accession Number : ADA632347


Title :   Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Policies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Easton, Ryan J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a632347.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 69


Abstract : In 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Aceh, Indonesia and triggered a tsunami that traveled across the Indian Ocean. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Thailand suffered the most destruction. Within hours of the tsunami, a massive international relief effort began. However, there was no regional effort made by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Even though Southeast Asia sees a major portion of the world s natural disasters, ASEAN had no mechanisms in place to lead a regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) effort. The question arises: How have ASEAN s HA/DR policies changed since 2004? This thesis shows that ASEAN s policy evolved through a three-step process from non-commitment to commitment, commitment to institutionalization, and institutionalization to deployment of assets. Case studies of ASEAN s responses to the East Timor crisis in 1999, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Cyclone Nargis in 2008, and Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 illustrate the evolution of ASEAN s HA/DR policy.


Descriptors :   *HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , *SOUTHEAST ASIA , CASE STUDIES , COASTAL REGIONS , CRISIS MANAGEMENT , CYCLONES , DESTRUCTION , DISASTERS , EARTHQUAKES , FOREIGN POLICY , INDIAN OCEAN , INDONESIA , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , MILITARY ASSISTANCE , NATURAL DISASTERS , THAILAND , THESES , TYPHOONS


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE