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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.

Moving North Korea Beyond Deadlock at the UN 

Moving North Korea Beyond Deadlock at the UN 

By John Sifton
With the Security Council at an impasse, the General Assembly should take actions to address the country's escalating human rights and humanitarian crisis.

1,000 Days of Girls Banned From Education in Afghanistan

1,000 Days of Girls Banned From Education in Afghanistan

By Meena Ahmadi
An underground network of informal schools, run by brave volunteers, is the only access to continued education for girls past primary school. 
Why Did Modi’s Usage of Divinity as a Political Instrument Not Succeed?

Why Did Modi’s Usage of Divinity as a Political Instrument Not Succeed?

By Ashutosh
Modi declared himself to be a messenger of God, and not of biological origin. The ploy did not work.

As International Justice Fails, Solidarity Must Prevail

As International Justice Fails, Solidarity Must Prevail

By Dustin Barter and Leen Fouad
From Gaza to Myanmar, the current constellations of geopolitics pose one of the most significant barriers to justice.

Modi’s Re-election: A Chance to Revitalize Afghanistan-India Relations

Modi’s Re-election: A Chance to Revitalize Afghanistan-India Relations

By Sadiq Amini
These days, Afghan democrats need a champion, and India, under Modi’s leadership, could be that champion – if New Delhi can correct course on its Afghanistan policy.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

Freedom of the Seas Requires US Leadership

Freedom of the Seas Requires US Leadership

By David F. Lasseter
U.S.-led Freedom of Navigation operations have dropped off in the South China Sea, at the same time as China has intensified its coercive actions in the region.

Carrots and Sticks: Washington’s Strategy to Counter Chinese Influence in Cambodia Rests on Faulty Premises

Carrots and Sticks: Washington’s Strategy to Counter Chinese Influence in Cambodia Rests on Faulty Premises

By Arthur Eremita
Old debates about U.S. engagement have become obsolete in light of evidence that the country's elite is abetting cyberscam operations on a massive scale.
The Young Generation as Blessing, Bridge, and Burden-bearer: Understanding Asia’s Youth

The Young Generation as Blessing, Bridge, and Burden-bearer: Understanding Asia’s Youth

By Xiaorong Gu
There is remarkable diversity in the experiences of Asia’s children, and incredible resilience. Young individuals play crucial roles in sustaining the daily functioning of their families and societies.

Taiwan’s Protesters Are Against ‘Check-but-Imbalance’ and Legislative Overreach

Taiwan’s Protesters Are Against ‘Check-but-Imbalance’ and Legislative Overreach

By Austin Horng-En Wang, Charles K. S. Wu, Yao-Yuan Yeh, and Fang-Yu Chen
The Bluebird Movement can't be dismissed as mere partisan mobilization.

Why Dollarization Is the Solution to Laos’ Economic Woes

Why Dollarization Is the Solution to Laos’ Economic Woes

By Srinivasa Madhur
Relieved of the need to keep its currency afloat, the central bank could focus on addressing the country’s worsening foreign debt crisis.

Smoke, Mirrors, and Spin: Deception in the Struggle for Taiwan’s Legislative Reform

Smoke, Mirrors, and Spin: Deception in the Struggle for Taiwan’s Legislative Reform

By Wu Tsung-hsien and Howard Shen
The KMT-TPP backed legislation to expand Legislative Yuan powers is not as nefarious as it has been made out to be.
Events in Myawaddy Prove That a Change in Thai Foreign Policy is Needed

Events in Myawaddy Prove That a Change in Thai Foreign Policy is Needed

By Alexis Turek
Thailand can – and should – be playing a more active role in mediating the Myanmar's expanding conflict.

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