With little debate, Australia has gone all-in on the war against Islamic State. Hundreds (if not thousands) of troops, hundreds of millions of dollars, and an indefinite time frame. At the same time, Australia has committed less than five million dollars to fight West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, and is actively discouraging it’s citizens from volunteering to help.
As the World Bank, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and even Cuba send resources to West Africa, should Australia be doing more? For The Wire this week, I spoke to Dr Adam Kamradt-Scott from the University of Sydney. Both in an article for The Conversation as well as our conversation, Dr Kamradt-Scott argued that it’s in Australia’s National Interest to fight Ebola. Both, after all, are just a plane ride away.
Here is the extended interview with Dr Adam Kamradt-Scott:
As before, I am unable to embed audio in the email blast. You can take a listen at Soundcloud.