National Security Podcast: The Quad pod

Do minilaterals deserve a second chance?

Ian Hall, Kyoko Hatakeyama, Zack Cooper, Rory Medcalf, Chris Farnham

Government and governance, International relations, National security, South China Sea | Australia, Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, The Pacific

30 May 2019

On this National Security Podcast we take a look at the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, as well as at the nature of the relationships between the countries involved.

After a rocky start, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is seeing somewhat of a renaissance. What is driving the renewed interest from the US, Japan, Australia, and India? What are these countries looking to achieve out of the dialogue? Is the Quad going to emerge as a method of containing China, or is this minilateral more mythical than meaningful? Listen here: https://bit.ly/2MeM5aN

In this episode of the National Security Podcast, four experts representing the thinking from each of the Quad nations put forward their positions on what the Quad is, what it is not, what each nation sees in the grouping, and where the divergences of interests may arise.

Zack Cooper is a Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies US defence strategy in Asia. Dr Cooper is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University and an associate with Armitage International. He previously served on staff at the Pentagon and White House, as well as the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Kyoko Hatakeyama is Associate Professor at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, teaching international relations and foreign policy. Prior to this Professor Hatakeyama served as a Research Analyst responsible for security situations in Asia and Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Ian Hall is a Professor in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University and the Deputy Director (Research) of the Griffith Asia Institute. He is also the co-editor (with Sara E Davies) of the Australian Journal of International Affairs and an Academic Fellow of the Australia India Institute. His book on Modi and the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy (Bristol University Press, 2019) will be published later this year.

Rory Medcalf is the head of the National Security College at The Australian National University. His professional background involves more than two decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism.

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