Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD) (QUAD)

  • Across The Region

    Indo-Pacific Partners

    National security advisors for Japan, the Philippines and the United States held their first joint talks in June 2023 and agreed to strengthen defense cooperation, as Indo-Pacific partners reinforce their alliances to address growing tensions over North Korea, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The three officials discussed the “turbulent regional security environment and…

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  • Across The Region

    Protecting Sea Lines of Communication

    The oceans and seas that dominate the Indo-Pacific present a challenge of immense proportions to safeguarding sovereignty and upholding freedom of navigation and commerce — an obstacle that military planners call the “tyranny of distance.” Increasingly, satellites, sensors, uncrewed aerial and surface vessels, and other technologies — combined with comprehensive information-sharing endeavors among like-minded nations — are key to bridging…

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  • Features

    Alliances and Partnerships

    Dr. Alfred Oehlers/Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Photos by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS We often hear that alliances and partnerships are a vital asset. These relationships distinguish the United States from its competitors. They also confer decisive advantages, especially at crucial moments. As the U.S. faces future challenges, it likely will again turn to Allies and Partners for…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    India’s defense evolution targets modernization, reform, global engagement

    Mandeep Singh India’s military is on a trajectory of reform and modernization to adjust to shifting geopolitical realities, including an arms buildup by an increasingly assertive People’s Republic of China (PRC). Initiatives to reorganize the Indian Armed Forces’ command structures and spur greater private sector involvement in defense procurement are fueling much of the progress, analysts say. Since assuming office…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Allies, partners tap into technology to monitor maritime domain

    FORUM Staff The oceans and seas that dominate the Indo-Pacific present a challenge of immense proportions to safeguarding sovereignty and upholding freedom of navigation and commerce — an obstacle that military planners call the “tyranny of distance.” Increasingly, satellites, sensors, uncrewed aerial and surface vessels, and other technologies — combined with comprehensive information-sharing endeavors among like-minded nations — are key…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Australia hosts multilateral Malabar exercise, bolsters ties with India, Japan, U.S.

    FORUM Staff Naval and air forces from Australia, India, Japan and the United States conducted Exercise Malabar off the coast of Australia in August 2023. It was the 27th iteration of the multilateral exercise, which enhances interoperability while strengthening critical partnerships to uphold a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. “Exercise Malabar reinforces our shared commitment to working together as partners in…

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  • Features

    The Indo-Pacific Strategic Space and the Global Order

    Dr. Arnab Das/Cmdr. (Ret.) Indian Navy The center of global power has shifted toward the Indian and Pacific oceans. The Indo-Pacific strategic space is recognized as the main theater of geopolitical and geostrategic interactions in the 21st century. More nations globally are deploying assets in the region to ensure their strategic presence and interests. India, the People’s Republic of China…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Indo-Pacific nations forge security arrangements amid rising threats

    Mandeep Singh Faced with security threats posed by North Korea and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), among others, a pattern of security arrangements among Indo-Pacific countries has recently emerged, involving members of the Quad partnership: Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. “Across the Indo-Pacific, new defense and security cooperation initiatives are arising between some Quad members and those…

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  • Partnerships

    Quad leaders highlight priorities, infrastructure plans

    FORUM Staff Leaders of the Quadrilateral partnership, or Quad, reaffirmed the group’s stature as “a global force for good” when they met May 20, 2023, to reinforce a collective vision and plan priority projects. The summit solidified the commitment to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific among Quad partners Australia, India, Japan and the United States. The group’s fifth summit…

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  • Global Commons

    Collective dialogue, action critical to addressing global challenges

    FORUM Staff A commitment to multilateralism never has been more important as nations increasingly collaborate based on like-minded values and governmental systems to tackle universal challenges such as climate change, pandemics and emerging technologies. The United Nations’ International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace on April 24, 2023, focuses on positive exchanges and accomplishments among nations despite their differences.…

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