The Quad Alliance (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue)

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.

Rise of the Quad in the Indo-Pacific?

cc Flickr Diplomatic Security Service, modified, public domain, State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Asia rallying support for the Quad, with mixed results.

The Quad: Destination Unknown

Joint Malabar Exercises in 2012, modified, - The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) transit in formation with Indian navy ships during Exercise Malabar 2012. Carl Vinson, Bunker Hill, and Halsey are part of Carrier Strike Group 1, and are participating in the annual bilateral naval field training exercise with the Indian navy to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues. Unit: Navy Media Content Services DVIDS Tags: exercise; U.S. Navy; Bay of Bengal; Exercise Malabar 2012

Though much is unknown about the Quad’s future, one thing seems sure: it’s not transforming into a full-fledged military alliance anytime soon.

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