Can the US Salvage the Quad?

When the so-called Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, was reactivated in 2017 as a potential security arrangement involving the United States, India, Japan and Australia, it was understood as a first step towards an “Asian NATO.” But ever since then the Asian NATO has run into problems ranging from disagreements over its core objectives to even getting it going despite attempts by the US, its leading player, to keep it from falling into permanent obscurity. Originally conceptualized by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007 as a coalition that would exert influence on the sea lanes from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, the grouping of “like-minded” democracies went dead after China protested, saying it was aimed at stifling China’s growth.

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