The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) summit scheduled for May 24 of this year in Sydney, Australia, has just been canceled. The four Quad countries—Australia, India, Japan, and the United States—will instead meet on the sidelines of the International Group of Seven (G7) in Japan this weekend. The Quad grouping has come a long way since it was established in 2007. Its agenda today includes not just security cooperation but also a host of other issues, including cooperation on international health threats. One important factor, however, has hampered the Quad’s ability to act: cooperation gears up when a threat from China is perceived and subsides as the perception fades or the need to conciliate China increases. This behavior has also unfortunately been mimicked in health cooperation. Yet the Quad’s health-related cooperation offers an important institution and norm-building agenda that could help construct an enduring partnership among the four countries. Formulating a long-term health security strategy for the Quad is essential, not just for strengthening the partnership, but also for building trust in the Quad’s longevity and ability to contribute positively to the Indo-Pacific region.
The Past and Future of Health Cooperation in the Quad
by Manjari Chatterjee Miller May 19, 2023
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