Assessing the Effectiveness of Quad in Maritime Containment of China in the Indo-Pacific Region

  • Hamail Tahir MPhil Scholar, National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Dr. Fouzia Amin National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Keywords: Indo-Pacific, China, Quad, Alliance, Counterbalancing


The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) comprises of likeminded countries India, Australia, US and Japan. It is a significant player in the Indo-Pacific region amidst a growing Chinese influence. This research paper assesses the effectiveness of Quad in the maritime containment of China. The paper also circulates around individual national interests that may hinder the effectiveness of Quad while also underscoring its limitations. The research was conducted using a qualitative research method. Secondary sources such as journal articles, news, and official joint statements by the alliance were consulted to formulate this paper. The alliance is subjugated to the potential impact on the future of the Indo-Pacific region. Lastly, its effectiveness is quite uncertain towards a counter balancing China and its significant implications for regional security and freedom of navigation. In terms of future prospects, the maritime security and its threats will keep on changing with evolving time.