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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.

What China Learned From the Collapse of the USSR
December 06, 2021

What China Learned From the Collapse of the USSR

By Kunal Sharma
Three key lessons have helped the Chinese Communist Party avoid following its Soviet namesake into the dustbin of history.

Could Taiwan’s Political Left Reconsider Nuclear Power?
December 03, 2021

Could Taiwan’s Political Left Reconsider Nuclear Power?

By Seaver Wang and Daniel Chen
Past politics have tainted nuclear power in Taiwan, but a positive, forward-looking, and socially responsible platform is possible.
AI Strategic Competition, Norms, and the Ethics of Global Empire
December 01, 2021

AI Strategic Competition, Norms, and the Ethics of Global Empire

By Joseph Bouchard
Western democracies should play an active role in shaping the norms governing artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies.

Australia’s Relationship With India Is Concerning
November 25, 2021

Australia’s Relationship With India Is Concerning

By Dechlan Brennan
Canberra’s concern about China is no excuse for ignoring New Delhi’s rights abuses.

The Indo-Pacific Exposes the Regionalisms of ‘Global’ Britain
November 24, 2021

The Indo-Pacific Exposes the Regionalisms of ‘Global’ Britain

By Oliver Turner and Luke Stephens
While Global Britain is touted as an opportunity to “shape the world of the future,” it is heavily reliant on ties to the past.

Where Are ‘New’ Uzbekistan’s Promised Reforms?
November 23, 2021

Where Are ‘New’ Uzbekistan’s Promised Reforms?

By Akzam Turgunov
The reelection of Uzbekistan’s president was a foregone conclusion. The real question is: Where are the promised reforms?

Climate Change Through the Lens of Bangladesh
November 22, 2021

Climate Change Through the Lens of Bangladesh

By Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh is especially affected by negative effects of climate change and can function as role model to the developed and developing world.
A Rohingya Remembers Myanmar’s Brutal Crackdown in 2017
November 19, 2021

A Rohingya Remembers Myanmar’s Brutal Crackdown in 2017

“I fear for the future of my community and country under Myanmar’s dehumanizing, segregated system, but I see a chance for change.”

USS Connecticut’s Collision Proves the Need for China-US Crisis Management
November 18, 2021

USS Connecticut’s Collision Proves the Need for China-US Crisis Management

By Jin Kai and Cheng Jing
The incident highlights several potential crisis points, from militarization in the South China Sea to lack of transparent communication.

Don’t Let China Dictate US and Indian Policy on Sri Lanka
November 18, 2021

Don’t Let China Dictate US and Indian Policy on Sri Lanka

By Madura Rasaratnam and Mario Arulthas
The U.S. and India cannot advance their interests in Sri Lanka by appeasing Colombo.

Action Needed Now to Address the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Afghanistan
November 17, 2021

Action Needed Now to Address the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Afghanistan

By Youssof Ghafoorzai
With winter approaching, the human tragedy that has befallen the people of Afghanistan will only worsen. Urgent action is needed.
Justice for the Uyghurs: What the US Can Do
November 16, 2021

Justice for the Uyghurs: What the US Can Do

By Abduweli Ayup and Yonah Diamond
The U.S. can take some immediate, common-sense steps holding the CCP accountable for its transnational repression and offering effective humanitarian assistance for the Uyghurs.

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