India, Japan, and the Dragon’s Fire: Making the Quad Work

Improving global governance
Posted Jun 20, 2022 | Observer Research Foundation, Satoru Nagao

Since the 2000s, the security situation around Japan has changed, especially since China has increased its activities in the Indo-Pacific area. An important feature of Japan’s current strategic policy therefore is its concept of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) in the Indo-Pacific. In this article by the Observer Research Foundation, Satoru Nagao addresses three questions: What are the features of China’s territorial expansion; how should the QUAD respond; and what problems should the QUAD be anticipating? He concludes that to advance the QUAD must continue to respect and insist upon a rules-based order grounded in current international law; that member countries need to fill perceived power vacuums by maintaining a military balance; and that the organisation needs to integrate non-military efforts into its overall strategy.


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