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New Australia-U.K.-U.S. Partnership Shakes Up Indo-Pacific, Shocks France

September 16, 2021

Episode Notes:

In a blockbuster diplomatic move yesterday, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States announced the creation of AUKUS, a trilateral security partnership that aims to take already-close defense ties between the countries to the next level. As a first step, the United States and United Kingdom will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines after Canberra scrapped its existing submarine deal with France’s Naval Group. The announcement comes a week before leaders from the Quad (Australia, India, Japan, and the United States) meet in Washington for its first, in person summit to discuss Indo-Pacific security challenges posed by, among other things, the rise of China.

To discuss AUKUS and the upcoming Quad summit, we’re joined today by Tanvi Madan. Tanvi is a senior fellow at Brookings, director of the India Project at Brookings, and author of Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped US-India Relations During the Cold War.

 

[ 01:25 ] Implications of AUKUS

[ 06:50 ] Quad reactions

[ 13:15 ] Quad leaders summit

 

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