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NATO and Regional Partnerships Beyond Europe

The year 2021 saw the birth of an important security oriented regional alliance outside Europe, yet involving NATO member states, AUKUS, covering Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (US). There is also the Quad (Japan, the US, India and Australia) which has a longer history and had its first foreign minister’s meeting in 2019. Both frameworks have substantive cyber and information technology related components.  Their ambition spans from sharing expertise to drive domestic and international best practices to bolster critical infrastructure resilience, to information and technology sharing, to cooperation on cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence and quantum computing.  What does the rise of the Indo-Pacific as a geo-political concept mean for Europe in cyberspace? What does this vector of security policy mean for NATO? Shall we fear diluting or on the contrary, welcome strengthening of the Alliance?