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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.

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Diplomacy and WHO Participation: Losing the Battle But Winning the War?
June 02, 2020

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Diplomacy and WHO Participation: Losing the Battle But Winning the War?

By Wen-Ti Sung
Taipei’s “warm power” has benefited its international ambitions amid the pandemic.

Xi’s Strategic Folly: Why a New National Security Law Highlights China’s Insecurities
June 02, 2020

Xi’s Strategic Folly: Why a New National Security Law Highlights China’s Insecurities

By Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth
Xi Jinping’s move reflects Beijing’s insecurities over Hong Kong.
The Burning of Jaffna Public Library: Sri Lanka’s First Step Toward Civil War
May 31, 2020

The Burning of Jaffna Public Library: Sri Lanka’s First Step Toward Civil War

By Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan
The events of 39 years ago set the stage for Sri Lanka’s civil war – and still echo today.

COVID-19 and Trust in the Chinese Government: What Do We Actually Know?
May 29, 2020

COVID-19 and Trust in the Chinese Government: What Do We Actually Know?

By Allison Quatrini
We need to be cautious about survey data exploring the Chinese public's attitudes toward their government.

Pandemic Adds New Threat for Rohingyas in Myanmar
May 28, 2020

Pandemic Adds New Threat for Rohingyas in Myanmar

By Param-Preet Singh and Nadia Hardman
Burmese authorities are using COVID-19 response measures as a pretext to harass and extort Rohingyas.

Forget About a ‘New’ Cold War. The Old One Never Ended.
May 27, 2020

Forget About a ‘New’ Cold War. The Old One Never Ended.

By Francis P. Sempa
James Burnham and ‘The War We Are In’ with China.

Hong Kong and China’s National Security
May 26, 2020

Hong Kong and China’s National Security

By Jin Kai
Shouldn’t national security be universal and equal?
Managing the Coronavirus: What the World Can Learn From Asia-Pacific Responses
May 22, 2020

Managing the Coronavirus: What the World Can Learn From Asia-Pacific Responses

By Eik Swee
What are the dilemmas governments must navigate in responding to the pandemic?

Can the International Solar Alliance Truly Be India’s ‘Gift to the World’?
May 22, 2020

Can the International Solar Alliance Truly Be India’s ‘Gift to the World’?

By Zerin Osho
Solar-powered vaccine logistics may present an important opportunity for the ISA amid the global pandemic.

A Ceasefire for Eid, Peace, and Fighting COVID-19 in Afghanistan 
May 22, 2020

A Ceasefire for Eid, Peace, and Fighting COVID-19 in Afghanistan 

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Violence has continued in Afghanistan throughout the holy month of Ramadan. 

COVID-19 in Afghanistan: Going Beyond a Ceasefire
May 18, 2020

COVID-19 in Afghanistan: Going Beyond a Ceasefire

By Ben Francis
A ceasefire is necessary to give all Afghans the best possible chance of defeating their common enemy: COVID-19. But there are limitations.
Pakistan Discovers the High Cost of Chinese Investment
May 18, 2020

Pakistan Discovers the High Cost of Chinese Investment

By Hussain Haqqani
A new report sheds light on the true costs of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for Pakistan.

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