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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.

US Policy Toward China Is Undermining Security for Communities in the Asia-Pacific
December 02, 2022

US Policy Toward China Is Undermining Security for Communities in the Asia-Pacific

By Kate Alexander and Colleen Moore
Addressing collective challenges such as climate change will require abandoning militarized approaches for cooperation and diplomacy.

Sovereignty, Forum Shopping, and the Case of the Sulu Sultanate’s Heirs
November 30, 2022

Sovereignty, Forum Shopping, and the Case of the Sulu Sultanate’s Heirs

By Karisma Putera Abd Rahman and Fikry A. Rahman
A French court's recent extortionate $15 billion commercial arbitration ruling against the Malaysian government has set a dangerous precedent.
China and Iran at the Tipping Point
November 29, 2022

China and Iran at the Tipping Point

By Maryam Nayeb Yazdi and Jianli Yang
The people of Iran and China are at a make-or-break point in their history, and the West’s values-based diplomacy is the key to their fate.

Where Is the ‘New’ Kazakhstan, President Tokayev?
November 28, 2022

Where Is the ‘New’ Kazakhstan, President Tokayev?

By Alva Omarova
In March, Tokayev promised a “New Kazakhstan” but there was nothing new in the recent uncompetitive presidential election.

Japan Should Support Timor-Leste’s ASEAN Bid
November 28, 2022

Japan Should Support Timor-Leste’s ASEAN Bid

By SUKEGAWA Seiya
As one Asian democracy to another.

An Australia-Vietnam Partnership Could Erode China’s Monopoly on Rare Earths
November 21, 2022

An Australia-Vietnam Partnership Could Erode China’s Monopoly on Rare Earths

By Nicholas Basan
Australian money and technical know-how could unlock Vietnam's potential as a major producer of the critical minerals.

Making Siachen a Mountain of Climate Responsibility
November 19, 2022

Making Siachen a Mountain of Climate Responsibility

By Aarish U. Khan
Climate protection on the disputed glacier is important for both India and Pakistan – and could even jumpstart an improvement in their relationship.
The Malang Tragedy: What It Reveals About Indonesian Politics
November 18, 2022

The Malang Tragedy: What It Reveals About Indonesian Politics

By Rizal Ramli
The recent tragedy at Kanjuruhan Stadium reflects a much larger question of power and accountability.

Malaysia’s Political Parties Neglect Youth At Their Own Peril
November 17, 2022

Malaysia’s Political Parties Neglect Youth At Their Own Peril

By Brian R. Braun
For all the talk of the influx of first-time voters aged 18-20, the country's political parties have done little to appeal to them.

The Rift Between ASEAN and Myanmar’s Democracy Movement is Growing Wider
November 16, 2022

The Rift Between ASEAN and Myanmar’s Democracy Movement is Growing Wider

By Minn Tent Bo
Recent statements from senior Southeast Asian officials have demonstrated a lack of understanding of the country's conflict dynamics.

No, Russia’s Invasion Ukraine is Not the Same as Vietnam’s War in Cambodia
November 15, 2022

No, Russia’s Invasion Ukraine is Not the Same as Vietnam’s War in Cambodia

By Nguyen Quoc Tan Trung
Despite some superficial similarities, the moral and humanitarian calculus of the two invasions are vastly different.
It’s Time to Take the Gloves Off on Myanmar
November 14, 2022

It’s Time to Take the Gloves Off on Myanmar

By Justyna Gudzowska and Yadanar Maung
As the military junta’s atrocities increase, it is high time for the U.S. and like-minded partners to adopt much stronger targeted sanctions.

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