Military humanitarian and disaster governance networks in Southeast Asia: framework and analysis

Type: Article

Description: Behind humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) efforts are governance networks of actors working together to facilitate, coordinate, and deliver joint aid and response
initiatives. Militaries are key stakeholders in these networks because of their unique capabilities, particularly in Southeast Asia. This paper explores the role of military governance networks in shaping HADR affairs. It presents a framework for examining military-to-military relational structures in
humanitarian and disaster contexts using network theory and social network analysis. It also assesses the nature of military ties and their influence on two capability areas essential to humanitarian activities in the region: (i) the distribution of military assets and equipment used in HADR; and (ii) the coordination of HADR exercises and training. This paper seeks to provide insights into how governance network features and properties affect the capacity of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) militaries to use available resources efficiently and to achieve shared objectives in regional disaster response.

Authors: Angelo Paolo L. Trias, Alistair D.B. Cook

Published in: Disasters - Volume 47, Issue 1 pp. 205-241

Publisher: Wiley

Publishing date and place: April 2022, London, United Kingdom

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  • Resilience
  • Civil Military Cooperation
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)
  • International Mechanisms
  • Human Security
  • National Security