Miranda Booth is coordinator for the Bachelor of Humanitarian Aid and Development at Charles Darwin University. She lecturers across the humanitarian, emergency and disaster management themes with the Northern Institute. She is also part of the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Climate Change Working Group (CMHCGW).
A revamp of RAAF Tindal for the nuclear-capable aircraft creates opportunities well beyond military confidence building.
Co-operation, not competition, provides the best chance for Australia to enhance ties with Pacific Island countries.
Rushing in with troops in emergency response could make matters worse at home and muddle efforts to engage the region.