Brief: India Breathes New Life Into ‘the Quad’ Alliance

An Indian Cabinet minister has effectively endorsed the four-member coalition.

Editor’s Note: The following is a new content type we are calling Briefs. They are real-time updates on the world’s most pressing geopolitical events, broken down into a reader-friendly format. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Background: Until recently, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – a loose coalition with India, Japan, Australia and the U.S. aimed at ostensibly curbing Chinese expansionism in the Indo-Pacific – has been little more than an occasional series of midlevel meetings. “The Quad” makes sense on paper as a coalition of democracies with enough naval power to threaten China’s maritime chokepoints in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean basin, but India and Australia, in particular, have been reluctant to antagonize China. Events this summer, however, have given the Quad new momentum. What Happened: Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Friday effectively endorsed the Quad, describing it as “a natural evolution.” This comes just weeks after foreign ministers from the four member states met for the first time in Tokyo – and just ahead of a major annual bilateral meeting of the defense and foreign ministers of India and the U.S. Perhaps most significant, India formally invited Australia to join for […]

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