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The Quad's Next Chapter

As competition with China continues across the Indo-Pacific, the Quad—the partnership between the United States, Japan, Australia, and India—stands at a crossroads. How can the group counter Beijing’s influence moving forward? Marshall M. Bouton Fellow for Asia Studies Karl Friedhoff offers recommendations in a new report

“The Quad needs to better balance its portfolio and how it messages that portfolio. The overt promotion of the security agenda is actively undermining perceptions of the Quad’s ability to engage on development and prosperity,” he writes. “Committing to an agenda that brings the people of the region, not its seas, to the fore of the Quad mission should be a top priority.” 

Read the full report

The Data Dimension

What do Americans think of the US military presence in Asia? In 2022, nearly two-thirds were in favor of keeping troop levels in the Asia-Pacific the same, 18 percent supported an increase, and 15 percent a decrease. Stay tuned for more 2023 Chicago Council Survey data about US relationships in the region coming soon!

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As the communications officer for the Lester Crown Center, Libby Berry works to connect audiences with foreign policy research and analysis.
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