Ms. Sharland provided a synthesis of observations, analyses and insights fleshed out so far by the resource speakers and fellow reactors with regard to EDCA. She noted that, so far, EDCA has been tackled in two (2) ways: first, as a comprehensive agreement that covers a wide range of issues, such as capability development assistance and training in HADR, maritime security, and maritime domain awareness; and second, as an instrument that seeks to strengthen Philippine-US alliance in the context of the developments in the South China Sea. Furthermore, she stressed that EDCA is also a reminder of the value of other comprehensive partners such as Australia in efforts to address the security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. Finally, she brought into the limelight the value of EDCA in addressing other non-traditional security challenges, such as HADR, climate change and terrorism.
Lisa Sharland joined ASPI in March 2014 and is a Senior Analyst working across ASPI’s full research program. Her research focuses on Australia’s engagement in UN peacekeeping operations, UN peace operations reform, women in defence and security, and Australia-Africa engagement. During her time at ASPI she has undertaken field research on UN peace operations in South Sudan and the Central African Republic as part of a visiting fellowship with the Stimson Center in Washington DC, where she remains a non-resident fellow as part of the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program. She has also worked as a consultant for the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations.