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Reconciling the Quad and AUKUS: a bridge too far? (A Chong, East Asia Forum)

The 2020s may well be remembered as an era where defensive alliances strove to avoid naming the enemies they were set up to deter. Such is the strategy behind the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), a loose grouping of India, Japan, Australia and the United States established in 2004 as an association of democratic powers to […]

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A Critical Assessment of the Quad from an Indian Perspective (Amruta Karambelkar, VIF)

Few foreign policy matters generate opinions as polarising as over the Quad. The prime point of difference is over what the Quad ought to do, and whether it should be militarised or not. These concerns are fair on its own but it misses forest for the trees. The correct way to assess the Quad would […]

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A New Quad in the Western Indian Ocean (Sankalp Gurjar, RUSI)

On 18 October, the foreign ministers of India, Israel, the US and the UAE held a meeting and formed a joint working group. The meeting discussed expanding political and economic cooperation between the four partners in West Asia and Asia more broadly. The discussion focused on areas such as climate change, maritime security, trade and energy cooperation, and public […]

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The Quad’s maritime rule of law hypocrisy (Sourabh Gupta, East Asia Forum)

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) countries are racking up a series of impressive firsts, progressing through to quadrilateral naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal in 2020 and an in-person leader-level summit at the White House in September 2021. The Quad is here to stay as a loose entente of like-minded democracies in the Indo-Pacific. But can it […]

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A Quad-led effort could help the people of Myanmar (Dominic Simonelli, The Strategist)

With ASEAN toeing the line of non-interference, the Quad has its first major opportunity to prove its mettle and help end the violence in Myanmar. After a brief waltz with democracy, Myanmar once again descended into harsh military rule on 1 February. In the ensuing violence, the military, known as the Tatmadaw, has killed more than […]

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South Korea’s Formal Membership in the Quad Plus: A Bridge Too Far? (Jason Li, Stimson Center)

On September 24, the four leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (“Quad”) countries held their first in-person summit, solidifying the partnership between the United States, Australia, India and Japan in the face of pressing issues facing the Indo-Pacific. Absent from the summit but alluded to in the joint statement was the Quad’s broader network of “like-minded partners,” […]

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What’s Next for the Quad? (Sheila A. Smith, Councin on Foreign Relations, Defense One)

For the first time, the leaders of the four countries that make up the Quad—the United States, Australia, India, and Japan—met together in person. Their September meeting at the White House solidified the group’s commitment to collaborating on a range of issues, including COVID-19 vaccines, climate change, and security in the Indo-Pacific. Now comes the difficult task of following […]

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The Quad Commits to Regulating Space (Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan, ORF)

The first in-person summit of the leaders of the Quad group of countries, comprising of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, met in Washington last week. Outer space governance found significant attention, with the joint statement stating that the grouping will explore ways to collaborate as well as share data for a range of peaceful purposes, […]

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Why the Quad summit was a strategic success (Ash Jain, Atlantic Council)

For the Biden administration, reeling from a spate of recent foreign-policy setbacks, last week’s Quad summit at the White House refocused attention on a key US priority: strengthening alliances amid the greater strategic competition between democracy and autocracy. Following the summit, US President Joe Biden and prime ministers Yoshihide Suga of Japan, Narendra Modi of […]

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Indo-Pacific Minilateralism: Did AUKUS Overshadow QUAD? (Roshan Khaniejo, The United Service Institution of India)

The emergence of AUKUS is being widely speculated as a moment of alliance power-shift in the Indo-pacific region. Theorizing whether or not Quad may be blocked out by AUKUS when the former’s first-ever in-person summit is about to be conducted on the sidelines of a UN summit is futile without examining the objectives of the […]

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Climate Action and the Quad (Aparna Roy, ORF)

Climate change is one of the most anticipated issues on the agenda of the upcoming first-ever in-person meeting of the Quad scheduled to be held on 24 September. A White House media release indicated that amidst the global dangers confronting the planet’s future, including the crisis in Afghanistan and the COVID-19 pandemic—India, Australia, Japan, and […]