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UAE, Israel, India, US Bonding – Is Another QUAD Underway?

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With the re-establishing of the Indo-Pacific Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) in 2017, the four-member countries, India, Japan, Australia, and the US made a pact to cooperate and coordinate security and strategic matters. All the four-member states, interestingly, are located at major sea points surrounding the Indo-Pacific region, which reflects the clear strategic purpose of this grouping.

The US has been quite vocal about the security exchange with India to counter China’s growing influence in the region. Now with the QUAD, it has clear plans to extend its long-term influence in the Indo-Pacific region against China.

QUAD has also become much significant due to the South China Sea conflict involving China and other Southeast Asian countries. The US claims to intervene in the region to safeguard the rights of its allies against China, namely Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. Similarly, India is one of the major players in the South Asia region where the US wants an ally to check China’s growing influence. This closeness with India has also been enhanced due to a break in the relations with Pakistan and Russia due to the much-dragged issue of Afghanistan and the Taliban.

Similarly, the recent pact between Australia, the UK, and the US (AUKUS) is another way of containing China through military and strategic might in the seas. This pact is created to share and provide nuclear submarines to Australia through the UK. Many consider it an act of “irresponsible and ambitious” behavior of the US which can lead to the nuclearization of Australia in the long run. Again, all three member states being strong naval powers, aimed at expanding their influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Both these pacts have been initiated and presided by the US which shows Joe Biden’s expansionist plans in the region. The main aim, however, is clear: containing China and countering its mega project Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI has also been countered by the US through the launch of Built Back Better World (B3W) which includes Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the South Asian region. It is a counter-strategy against the BRI mega-infrastructure and connectivity project. This strategic and ideological competition seems to be creating grounds for a dangerous and long-term grouping in South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

Another Pact in West Asia?

After the QUAD, AUKUS, and the B3W initiative, the US interests are now being clear to the world on security and economic levels. After withdrawing from Afghanistan in August 2021, the US is no longer seeking to control the country, now its focus is on the containment of China and its allies in all regions. 

In October this year, the four countries UAE, Israel, India, and the US’s top political and security personnel met and discussed a new grouping which is speculated to be another QUAD. Although the four countries have not openly declared such grouping but the dialogues and concerns regarding military and security partnerships herald another grouping in West Asia.

The group is expected to meet once again in January 2022 and this might be an open declaration of the formation of maybe, another QUAD?

With the emergence of such military and strategic groupings, the fear of yet another World War increases. In such a highly volatile global political and ideological scenario the United Nations must play its part to check on the growing influence of the countries in farther regions.

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