Abe Shinzo was arguably the most impactful, transformative, and visionary democratic leader of the last decade. He comprehended the full measure of the threat posed by an aggressive autocratic China
and the need for democratic alliances to repel its hegemonic ambitions. In response to China’s aggression, he articulated a vision for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific
(FOIP), energized the Quad
— the United States, Australia, India and Japan— to advance FOIP, and ensured that the Trans-Pacific Partnership endured
after the United States pulled out. He advanced the U.S.-Japanese alliance to unprecedented heights such that it became the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.