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Japan and the Quad

Kersten, R. (2018) Japan and the Quad. Centre of Gravity Series (39).



Commentary on the tentative revival of the Quad tends to attribute this development to two shifts in the security environment of the region: the increasing assertiveness of China, and growing uncertainty surrounding US commitment to the region under Trump.

For Japan, what matters most is the confluence of this geopolitical context with developments in its own security policy thinking.

Japan under Abe is seeking to harness rising insecurity to underpin its own regional leadership credentials and enhance the geographical scope of its security policy ambition.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Australian National University
Copyright: © 2018 ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
Other Information: Discussion paper: Debating the Quad
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