New Publication: The Future of the Quad and the Emerging Architecture in the Indo-Pacific

In a new policy paper, Garima Mohan and I analyze the Quadrilateral grouping of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States (the Quad), which has come a long way from its origins, establishing itself as a crucial pillar of the Indo-Pacific regional architecture and significantly shifting in tone and focus from its early iterations. Since its revival in 2017, the Quad has been elevated to a leader-level dialogue, it has begun issuing joint statements, and it has developed a new working-group structure to facilitate cooperation. It has also significantly broadened and deepened its agenda to include vaccines, climate change, critical and emerging technologies, infrastructure, cyber, and space. 

These recent changes to the Quad raise several questions about its future trajectory. What are the drivers of engagement, the domestic support, and the bureaucratic capacity in the four countries to continue investing in the Quad?  How well does the Quad’s new working-group structure function, and will the working groups be able to deliver tangible results? How has the Quad’s agenda evolved, and will it return to its initial focus on security challenges? Are the Quad countries open to cooperation with additional countries and, if so, what form will this take? 

This paper analyzes these questions drawing on recent publications, official statements, and interviews with key experts and policymakers in the four countries. In doing so, it offers five key takeaways into the Quad as an evolving part of the Indo-Pacific architecture, as well as a vehicle for achieving the goals of its four member countries.

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New Publication: Expanding Engagement among South Korea and the Quad Countries in the Indo-Pacific

In a new policy paper, Garima Mohan, Bonnie Glaser, and I offer insights on how the Quad countries and South Korea can expand their engagement in the Indo-Pacific in eight areas: critical and emerging technologies, infrastructure, health, climate change, education and people-to-people exchange, maritime safety and security, cybersecurity, and outer space.

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New Publication: How to Mend the Rift Between Japan and South Korea

In our new Foreign Affairs article out today. Bonnie Glaser and I argue that with a new government now in office in Seoul, Japan and South Korea have an opportunity to wipe the slate clean. Still, although conditions are ripe for Japan and South Korea to finally move past their current stalemate, rapprochement will not be easy.

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Talk: What Does the Russo-Ukrainian War Mean for Indo-Pacific Security?

I was delighted to be invited to speak at the University of Sydney’s Center for International Security Studies Global Forum on April 26, 2022. The session explored the implications of the Russo-Ukrainian war for Indo-Pacific security. I was joined on the panel by Justin Hastings (University of Sydney), Jingdong Yuan (University of Sydney) and Tong Zhao (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace). My comments focused on the conflict’s impact on Japanese foreign policy and broader regional political dynamics.

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Talk: Decoding Indo-Pacific Strategies of Canada, Japan, the USA, and Europe

On March 21, the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto organized a webinar on the theme of “Convergence or Divergence? Decoding the Indo-Pacific Strategies of Canada, Japan, the USA, and Europe.” I was honored to speak about the US Indo-Pacific strategy on a distinguished panel with Jonathan Fried (Bennett Jones, LLP), Akiko Fukushima (Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research), Nicols Veron (Bruegel), Deanna Horton (University of Toronto), and Yves Tiberghien (University of British Columbia).

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New Publication: US Supply Chain Strategy in the Indo-Pacific

“To facilitate selective decoupling with China in such areas, the Biden administration is pursuing supply chain resilience through a two-pronged strategy of domestic and foreign policy initiatives: attempting to revitalize U.S. industry through onshoring while also promoting ally-shoring or friend-shoring abroad.

I was delighted that the Italian Institution for International Political Studies (ISPI) invited me to speak at their Asia & Europe Initiative workshop on “Stability and Security in the Indo-Pacific” on March 8. I spoke about US supply chain strategy on a panel about “Securing the Supply Chain Along the Indo-Pacific” with Shino Watanabe (Sophia University), Françoise Nicolas (French Institute of International Relations), Jagannath Panda (Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm), and Alessia Amighini (University of Piemonte Orientale and ISPI).

After the workshop, my paper on “Seeking Resilience and Revitalization: US Supply Chain Strategy in the Indo-Pacific” was published by ISPI as part of an edited volume. It argues that the Biden administration is pursuing supply chain resilience through a two-pronged strategy of domestic and foreign policy initiatives, but that it remains to be seen whether the American aims of resilience and revitalization will be truly complementary or whether the drive toward revitalization will lead to pitfalls of protectionism and inefficiency.

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New Publication: Ukraine: A Turning Point for Japanese Foreign Policy?

For Pacific Forum’s PacNet series, I wrote about what’s driving Japan’s tough stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and what this might mean for Japanese foreign policy in the future. Read it on the Pacific Forum website or download a PDF copy.

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Talk: Enhancing Economic Security in Northeast Asia

On March 3, I spoke at a webinar on “Enhancing Economic Security in Northeast Asia: Japan’s Approach and Opportunities for U.S.-Japan Economic Alignment,” part of the Mansfield Foundation’s Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogue series. The webinar looked at Japan’s approach to improving economic security vis-à-vis China and the opportunities for U.S.-Japan economic security alignment and cooperation. I was joined by Shihoko Goto (Wilson Center) and the session was moderated by Frank Jannuzi (Mansfield Foundation).

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New Book Review: Japan’s New Regional Reality by Saori Katada

My review of Japan’s New Regional Reality: Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific has been published in the latest issue of Monumenta Nipponica. Read it on Project MUSE.

If you do not have institutional access to the article, please contact me, and I will arrange for you to receive a copy.

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Japan in 2022 Brookings Event

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the Japan in 2022 event co-organized by the Brookings Institution and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC. I was joined by Professor Mieko Nakabayashi (Waseda University), Professor Kay Shimizu (University of Pittsburgh), and Professor Yves Tiberghien (University of British Columbia) for a discussion on Japan’s domestic politics and economy.

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