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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.

Let’s Have a Better Debate on North Korea
October 27, 2020

Let’s Have a Better Debate on North Korea

By Daniel R. DePetris
While denuclearization can still be a long-term objective, it is extremely unlikely to happen - and luckily, U.S. security is not dependent on it.

ASEAN Is Failing On The South China Sea Issue
October 26, 2020

ASEAN Is Failing On The South China Sea Issue

By Phar Kim Beng
As China continues its militarization of the vital seaway, most Southeast Asian nations remain mired in their own problems.
It’s Time for an International Human Rights Alliance to Defend Democracy
October 23, 2020

It’s Time for an International Human Rights Alliance to Defend Democracy

By Times Wang and Jianli Yang
By now, the need for principled solidarity in the face of the PRC’s abuses should be obvious.

The Japan-Korea Dispute Over the 1965 Agreement
October 23, 2020

The Japan-Korea Dispute Over the 1965 Agreement

By Jinyul Ju
In fact, the agreement makes the path to resolution quite clear.

China’s Barbarity Toward Uyghur Families Should Shock Our Consciousness and Spur Action
October 22, 2020

China’s Barbarity Toward Uyghur Families Should Shock Our Consciousness and Spur Action

By Omer Kanat
Imagine not knowing the whereabouts and condition of your parents, children, brothers, sisters. For many Uyghurs abroad, that is the daily reality.

Time for a Positive EU Policy on Taiwan
October 21, 2020

Time for a Positive EU Policy on Taiwan

By Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy
The EU must have its own Taiwan policy, not one that is determined in Washington and controlled by Beijing.

Pakistan Will Remain in the FATF Grey List – But That’s Not Enough
October 21, 2020

Pakistan Will Remain in the FATF Grey List – But That’s Not Enough

By Mariam Solaimankhail
At a time when Islamabad, with Beijing’s backing, desperately seeks to escape the clutches of the task force, it must introspect on its efforts.
Myanmar Elections Set to Exacerbate Erasure of the Rohingya Identity
October 20, 2020

Myanmar Elections Set to Exacerbate Erasure of the Rohingya Identity

By Kyaw Win and John Quinley III
A deeply flawed EU-funded election app exemplifies the tone-deaf approach of the international community.

In New York, Protesters Mark ‘Global Day of Action’ Against the CCP
October 19, 2020

In New York, Protesters Mark ‘Global Day of Action’ Against the CCP

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
 The October 1 gathering brought together Uyghurs, Mongolians, Tibetans, Kazakhs, and their supporters.

Public Shaming is Terrible, But So Is Poor Journalism
October 19, 2020

Public Shaming is Terrible, But So Is Poor Journalism

By Vu Lam
The online attacks on Vietnam's "Patient 17" were disgraceful, but there is no evidence that her identity was leaked by the Vietnamese government.

Why Bangladesh Must Let the Rohingya Speak for Themselves
October 16, 2020

Why Bangladesh Must Let the Rohingya Speak for Themselves

By Saad Hammadi
Any durable solution for the Rohingya will not come through more restrictions on their lives.
A Real Opportunity for Religion Law Reform in Uzbekistan
October 16, 2020

A Real Opportunity for Religion Law Reform in Uzbekistan

By Knox Thames
Uzbekistan has a real opportunity to cement its significant gains, turn away from its authoritarian past, and reclaim its place as a Central Asian leader. 

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