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The Debate is our home for the best opinions from around Asia. Whether it is negotiating with Iran, responding to North Korean provocations, discussing Japan's looming demographic issues, or considering the new balance of power in the Asia-Pacific, some of the region's leading thinkers offer their take.

Documenting the Tragedy in Xinjiang: An Insider’s View of Atajurt
January 16, 2020

Documenting the Tragedy in Xinjiang: An Insider’s View of Atajurt

By Mehmet Volkan Kaşıkçı
Facing monumental challenges, the volunteers of Atajurt have dedicated themselves to advocating for those detained in Xinjiang.

Vietnam’s Deadly Land Clash Leaves Questions Unanswered
January 15, 2020

Vietnam’s Deadly Land Clash Leaves Questions Unanswered

By Duy Hoang
The recent violent land dispute spotlights serious issues that remain to be addressed.
Washington’s Denuclearization Delusion Stalls North Korea Talks
January 15, 2020

Washington’s Denuclearization Delusion Stalls North Korea Talks

By Bonnie Kristian
The sooner U.S. gets over "denuclearization," the sooner it can expect diplomatic results with North Korea.

Public Spaces and Radical Solidarity Define India’s Student Protests
January 14, 2020

Public Spaces and Radical Solidarity Define India’s Student Protests

By Surajkumar Thube
India's student protesters are standing up for a particular vision of the country.

Will China Play an Active Role Amid US-Iran Tensions?
January 13, 2020

Will China Play an Active Role Amid US-Iran Tensions?

By Ankit Panda
Will China look to leverage its influence over tensions between the U.S. and Iran?

Before #MeToo, There Were the ‘Comfort Women’
January 10, 2020

Before #MeToo, There Were the ‘Comfort Women’

By Esther Brito Ruiz
The survivors of Japanese sexual slavery started a pioneering human rights movement combating sexual abuse.

Women Emerging as Leaders in Fixing India’s Slums
January 08, 2020

Women Emerging as Leaders in Fixing India’s Slums

By Bijal Brahmbhatt
The collective might of women must be harnessed as a powerful, necessary force for change.
India’s Domestic Troubles Are the Greatest Problem for Its Foreign Policy
January 08, 2020

India’s Domestic Troubles Are the Greatest Problem for Its Foreign Policy

By Manasi Pritam
The Narendra Modi government’s brutal approach to India’s domestic affairs has cast a long shadow on Indian diplomatic achievements built over decades.  

How the Philippine Government Gets the Concept of ‘Intervention’ Wrong
January 08, 2020

How the Philippine Government Gets the Concept of ‘Intervention’ Wrong

By Gemmo Fernandez
Yes, international law proscribes interference in domestic affairs. But the human rights criticisms of the Duterte administration don’t rise to that level.

USMC’s Futenma Replacement Facility in Okinawa Delayed – For How Long?
January 04, 2020

USMC’s Futenma Replacement Facility in Okinawa Delayed – For How Long?

By C. Douglas Lummis
Yet more delays for the controversial facility as local opposition continues unabated.

The Morrison Government’s Spin Addiction
January 03, 2020

The Morrison Government’s Spin Addiction

By Henry Storey
From climate change to international relations, Australia’s prime minister seems to value optics over substance.
Is US Congress Making Life Harder for Hong Kong Protesters in 2020?
January 01, 2020

Is US Congress Making Life Harder for Hong Kong Protesters in 2020?

By Richard Hanania
Sympathy for Hong Kong's young protesters is understandable, but trying to use economic sanctions to force change will backfire.

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