The Debate

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.

September 23, 2019

The Trouble with Thailand 

By Chonthicha Jangrew
Despite this year’s “elections,” Thailand is no democracy.

September 23, 2019

‘Good’ vs ‘Bad’ Nationalism in Asia

By Amitai Etzioni
The task of keeping nationalism civic, rather than aggressive and authoritarian.
September 20, 2019

Afghanistan’s Road to Peace Still Needs US Leadership

By Farhat Popal and Chris Walsh
At this crucial time in Afghanistan’s nascent journey toward freedom, U.S. support is still necessary.

September 20, 2019

How Torture Is Institutionalized in Sri Lanka

By Ana Pararajasingham
Many alleged torturers remain in senior police positions.

September 16, 2019

These 2 Factors Increase the Odds of Resumed US-North Korea Talks

By Ankit Panda
U.S.-North Korea talks may yet resume once again, but Washington must tread carefully.

September 15, 2019

Trump Dangles Possible 4th US-North Korea Summit: A Mistake?

By Ankit Panda
Trump is depriving his lead negotiator of leverage by suggesting a new summit.
September 13, 2019

Cash or Kind? The Debate Over Humanitarian Assistance Continues in Malaysia

By Saqib Sheikh
Despite the clear advantages of cash-based assistance, globally, such aid still only accounts for a lowly 6 percent.

September 13, 2019

Bridging the Gaps in the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway

By Liu Diyi
How can we foster a more connected and inclusive Asia-Pacific?

September 10, 2019

Pakistan’s Kashmir Narrative Is Falling Flat. How Might That Change?

By Murtaza Solangi
How can Pakistan come out of the cul-de-sac on Kashmir?

September 09, 2019

A Crucial New Phase in the Battle to End TB in Southeast Asia

By Poonam Khetrapal Singh
A new plan to tackle latent TB will prove vital to routing the disease.

September 09, 2019

Will China Take Advantage of the Japan-South Korea Security Rift?

By Ankit Panda
When Seoul and Tokyo bicker, Beijing senses opportunity.
September 05, 2019

Building an Inclusive United Nations with Taiwan on Board

By Jaushieh Joseph Wu
The principles of inclusiveness and leaving no one behind are key to realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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