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.

South Korea Develops Aircraft Carrier in Military Overhaul

In pursuing a total military overhaul and an aircraft carrier program, President Moon Jae-in is ensuring that South Korea is prepared for the geopolitical uncertainties that lie ahead.

Trump Unveils a New Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific

Ships from the Royal Australian Navy, Indian navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United States Navy participate in Malabar 2020., cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavy/50613870887/in/photolist-2k7zjsk-2k8s7Fo-2k89r7Y-CwWaMh-VAfibR-WRGbUK-Vy11vY-VABjDi-Vy12ij-Vy11WY-VxZZwo-WLxHNh-Vy115Y-YyiLr5-2dTgKFL-ZKcBLA-ZMX6cZ-ZJdAZ9-FRntMV-W35JeS-WH1K2J-WEc1eM-WEbZ9k-XiQ3Wi-L1sqBu-L1sqks-L1sqSE-2dTg7Xf-2dAocUi-2dThcf1-2eZe3Pn-5DFc39-2853ShY-Vsm6Ad-VsYesT-VzHAWo-WASr2E-Wt8vjV-VsYdyD-WgyQ6J-WASqmG-W5saTj-WgyNP5-WgyP4y-WNhu1L-WJyqWR-WgyQHA-WgyPsu-W7bPss-2853RBu

But was it really secret before its sudden declassification?

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.

Japan-Australia Defense Treaty: US Allies Adapting to New Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific

PHILIPPINE SEA (July 21, 2020) The Royal Australian Navy destroyer HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), left, the frigate HMAS Arunta (FFH 151), the landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Canberra (L02), the fleet replenishment vessel HMAS Sirius (O 266), the U.S. Navy forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Teruzuki (DD 116) and HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) steam into formation during a trilateral exercise. Trilateral exercises between the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Australian Defense Force and U.S. Navy support shared goals of peace and stability while enhancing regional security and the right of all nations to trade, communicate, and choose their destiny in a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Codie L. Soule/Released) 200721-N-KP021-0168, modified, Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavy/50137245777/in/photolist-2josuq2-2jmvEp6-2jm8sE8-2jkSuhr-2jaqm7M-2j25Qqn-2j24fgm-2iYUQwx-2iVXG34-2iVXE6Z-2iVXAt3-2iS4kYp-2iMyPVN-2iFXQD1-2iDBb1T-2ixP8es-2ixSVrF-2ixEfDF-2iwE8DU-2jtDpj2-2jnF9eR-2jnE1qR-2jnE1qa-2jnB6AZ-2jnB6Ao-2jkSubQ-2jkSu9a-2iW8ieK-2iVVqUT-2iJ8u8Z-2iJa75x-2iJ5Lez-2iJa73o-2iJ5Lds-2iJ8u4A-2iJ5LbJ-2iJ5Lb8-2iJ8u3y-2iJ8u2X-2iAvB73-2iAvB7d-2iAuhmD-2ixJ2K5-2ixEfFz-2ixJ2q2-2iwbSsB-2iweqCh-2ivwZGc-2ivAATY-2ivwRnX

The new defense pact is a concrete demonstration that Washington’s closest security partners are proactively increasing their contributions to the Indo-Pacific region.

US-India Relations under a Joe Biden Presidency

cc US Department of State, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Indian_Prime_Minister_Modi_Delivers_Remarks_at_a_Luncheon_Co-Hosted_by_Secretary_Kerry_and_Vice_President_Biden_(2).jpg,

A Joe Biden presidency will impact some of India’s core interests more than others. But overall, recent progress in US-India relations is set to continue.

Pompeo-Modi Meeting Latest Example of India’s Pivot toward Washington

Prime Minister Modi and Secretary of State Pompeo meet in 2019, cc Prime Minister's Office, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=modi%20pompeo&fulltext=Search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&title=Special:Search&advanced=1&fulltext=Advanced%20search#/media/File:Pompeo_meets_with_PM_Modi_in_New_Delhi_(2).jpg

Narendra Modi and Mike Pompeo seem to believe it’s time to end the outdated concept of a non-aligned India and bring the country firmly into the US fold.

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.

Japan’s Rare Earth Mineral Discovery Could be a Geopolitical Game Changer

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Japan’s massive rare earth mineral discovery could break China’s monopoly and recast bilateral relations between the two countries.

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