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The Indo-Pacific and the "Quad"

Can Tokyo, with its own limitations, remain a driving force behind the concept and operation of the partnership between the U.S., Japan, India, and Australia?
Emma Chanlett-Avery
Weston S. Konishi
Karl Friedhoff
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On the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in November 2017, officials from the United States, Japan, India, and Australia met to discuss the revival of quadrilateral cooperation among four of the region’s major maritime democracies. Japan chaired the meeting, focusing on the theme of a "free and open Indo-Pacific." This refrain, which also has been adopted by the Trump administration, echoed language from Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s visit to India two months prior. Tokyo has emerged as the biggest cheerleader for the “quad,” asserting its leadership and pressing other partners to embrace the new framework. What are the motivations that drive Japan’s enthusiasm for this “mini-lateral” initiative? Can Tokyo, with its own limitations, remain a driving force behind the concept and operation?

About the Speakers
Emma Chanlett-Avery
Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service (CRS)
Emma Chanlett-Avery focuses on US relations with Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Thailand, and Singapore. She joined CRS in 2003 through the Presidential Management Fellowship, with rotations in the State Department on the Korea Desk and at the Joint US Military Advisory Group in Bangkok, Thailand.
Weston S. Konishi
Senior Fellow, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Previously, Weston S. Konishi served as the inaugural William Reinsch Visiting Lectureship of East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and also worked as the chief operating officer of Peace Winds America. From 2010 to 2013, he was director of Asia-Pacific studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA), where he specialized in Japan and Asia policy issues.
Marshall M. Bouton Fellow for Asia Studies
Council expert Karl Friedhoff
Karl Friedhoff was a Korea Foundation-Mansfield Foundation US-Korea Nexus Scholar and a member of the Mansfield Foundation’s Trilateral Working Group prior to joining the Council. Previously, he was a program officer in the Public Opinion Studies Program at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies based in Seoul, South Korea.
Council expert Karl Friedhoff