The Interpreter: International Rescue and the Thai Cave Response

Disasters bring the international community together. Rescue, medical and engineering specialists gather at the scene to offer expert opinions and plan search-and-rescue operations as viewers watch, wait and send donations: the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 2010 Chilean mine, the 2014 Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 to name just a few. The rescue of a group of boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand is the latest example of “extraordinary cooperation,” explains Daniel Flitton for the Interpreter, published by the Lowy Institute.: “Australia has a group of police and other officials at the site in north-west Thailand, offering help to the Thai rescuers. British volunteer divers first found the team after their nine-day ordeal. Reports say radios equipped with Israeli technology are essential to communicating with the trapped boys. Experts from China, the US, and Japan, as well as from neighbouring countries Myanmar and Laos, are all working to help.” Flitton points out that governments and militaries build upon cooperation after each crisis, developing stronger organizations, training and standards for disaster relief. – YaleGlobal

The Interpreter: International Rescue and the Thai Cave Response

Complicated disaster and rescue efforts attract global attention and “extraordinary cooperation,” with nations more willing to give and receive disaster aid
Daniel Flitton
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Read the article about global cooperation behind the rescue of boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand.

Daniel Flitton is one of Australia’s most experienced foreign affairs journalists and is now managing editor of the Lowy Institute’s international magazine, The Interpreter. Before joining the Institute, he was senior correspondent at The Age and formerly its diplomatic editor and a political correspondent in the parliament house bureau. He has held academic positions at the Australian National University and at Deakin University, where he developed a breadth of knowledge on Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific. As a Fulbright scholar in 2004, he researched the Australia–United States alliance at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Learn more about the options for the Thai cave rescue from BBC News.

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