The Quad Alliance (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue)

AUKUS and France as an Indo-Pacific Power

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The AUKUS alliance has chipped away at the pillars holding up French power projection in the Indo-Pacific.

Japan’s Indian Ocean Dilemma

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New security imperatives are giving rise to new policy dilemmas for Japan’s government.

Challenges Beyond the Indo-Pacific Test the Limits of the Quad

140727-N-TU910-014 EAST CHINA SEA (July 27, 2014) ) Ships assigned to Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Indian Navy, and U.S. Navy steam alongside Ticonderoga-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shiloh (CG 67) during Malabar 2014. Malabar 2014 is a U.S. Navy, Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force trilateral naval field training exercise aimed to improve our collective maritime relationship and increase understanding in multinational operations. (U.S. Navy photo released by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Abby Rader/Released), cc Naval Surface Warriors Flickr, modified

Recent policy disclosures reflect an attempt by the Biden administration to bridge the divergent interests of Washington’s Pacific- and Atlantic-based allies. Success won’t come easy.

Timeline: The Downward Spiral of China-Australia Relations

Prime Minister and Andrew Robb signing the Free Trade Agreement with Chinese President Xi and Minister for Commerce Gao Hucheng., 2014, cc Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website – www.dfat.gov.au, modified 0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abbott_and_Robb_signing_the_Free_Trade_Agreement_with_Chinese_President_Xi_and_Minister_for_Commerce_Gao_Hucheng_November_2014.jpg

Chronicling the events that led to the present low point in China-Australia relations.

This Is Not the Joe Biden Europe Was Hoping For

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The AUKUS saga reflects a different set of strategic priorities in Washington from what many European leaders were expecting.

Is the Australia-UK-USA Trilateral Security Partnership (AUKUS) a Gamechanger?

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The pact is notable in its shift from style to substance in US-led efforts to counter China in the Indo-Pacific.

Does Afghanistan Present a New Opportunity for the Quad?

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If the Quad wants to operationalize its multilateralism in a way that doesn’t directly antagonize China, then Afghanistan would be a good place to start.

The Quad Comes of Age?

English: President Biden and Vice President Harris Meet Virtually with their Counterparts in the Quad; Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan, source: Video; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:President_Biden_and_Vice_President_Harris_Meet_Virtually_with_their_Counterparts_in_the_Quad.webm

Assessing the geopolitics and motives behind emergence of the Quad’s Leadership Summit.

Global Forecast (3-7-2021)

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Examining the issues and hotspots that will be making headlines in the week ahead.

Will the Quad Give Way to the Quint?

BAY OF BENGAL (July 17, 2017) Ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy sail in formation, July 17, 2017, in the Bay of Bengal as part of Exercise Malabar 2017. Malabar 2017 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises between the Indian Navy, JMSDF and U.S. Navy that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cole Schroeder), cc Flickr ermaleksandr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

If the ties binding the Quad together are a shared fear of China’s growing power in the region, then there’s no reason to believe it won’t become the Quint some day.

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