How Biden Can Make the ‘Quad’ Endure

Improving global governance
Posted Mar 24, 2021 | Carnegie Endowment, Evan Feigenbaum, James Schwemlein

The Quadrilateral Framework (Quad) – comprising Australia, India, Japan, and the United States – has become more formalized since its inception in 2005, but has been hampered by the lack of a coherent agenda. In their article for the Carnegie Endowment, Evan Feigenbaum and James Schwemlein suggest that the new US leadership should encourage the Quad to evolve from a China-focused club of four to a group of first movers on a range of functional challenges by forming the core of a rotating set of problem-solving coalitions in the Indo-Pacific. As a first step, action in four areas stands out: Coordinating best practices for COVID-19 vaccines, addressing climate change, promoting transparent infrastructure financing, and bolstering supply chains. Other regional partners should become involved on an ad hoc and issue-by-issue basis. If it this is executed successfully, the Quad can comprise the core of an elastic regional architecture.


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