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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.

Apple Daily Raid Is the Latest Blow to Hong Kong’s Freedom
June 18, 2021

Apple Daily Raid Is the Latest Blow to Hong Kong’s Freedom

By Benedict Rogers
The world's democracies must take action after the latest assault on press freedom.

Stranded, Stateless, Imprisoned: How Asia is Failing Rohingya Children
June 17, 2021

Stranded, Stateless, Imprisoned: How Asia is Failing Rohingya Children

By Hassan Noor
No child, wherever they are, should grow up living in fear. 
Fukushima: Depoliticizing the Release of Treated Water into the Ocean
June 15, 2021

Fukushima: Depoliticizing the Release of Treated Water into the Ocean

By AKIYAMA Nobumasa
It’s time to take the politics out of Fukushima.

Afghan Children Are Paying the Price for Global Vaccine Inequality
June 14, 2021

Afghan Children Are Paying the Price for Global Vaccine Inequality

By Athena Rayburn
If Afghanistan is any example to go by, it is blindingly apparent that we have failed to live up to big promises of global solidarity.

Nepal’s Leaders Must Put Aside Differences Amid COVID-19 Crisis
June 12, 2021

Nepal’s Leaders Must Put Aside Differences Amid COVID-19 Crisis

By Nirajan Thapaliya
For now, instead of endless politicking, Nepal’s leaders must put their differences aside and work together

To Prevent Violent Extremism in Tajikistan, Promote Religious Freedom
June 11, 2021

To Prevent Violent Extremism in Tajikistan, Promote Religious Freedom

By Tony Perkins and Nury Turkel
Washington should promote and directly incorporate religious freedom training as a requirement for Tajikistan to receive aid.

The G-7 Must Talk About 3 Urgent Asia Issues
June 10, 2021

The G-7 Must Talk About 3 Urgent Asia Issues

By Benedict Rogers
The crises in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Myanmar must be discussed – and all three involve a serious consideration of the China problem.
How the US Can Help Cambodians Restore Their Country’s Democracy
June 02, 2021

How the US Can Help Cambodians Restore Their Country’s Democracy

By Mu Sochua
The U.S. should propose a post-pandemic development program based on human rights, democratic principles, and the rule of law.

Why the US Should Recognize the Rohingya Genocide
June 01, 2021

Why the US Should Recognize the Rohingya Genocide

By Michael P. Scharf, Paul R. Williams, and Milena Sterio
The Biden administration has a chance to reassert the United States’ moral authority on human rights.

South Korea’s Wandering Judiciary
May 31, 2021

South Korea’s Wandering Judiciary

By SAKAMOTO Shigeki
A look at two local cases involving former comfort women.

The US Must Defend Taiwan – From COVID-19
May 29, 2021

The US Must Defend Taiwan – From COVID-19

By Dennis V. Hickey
The U.S. commitment to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act applies to more than just a military invasion.
Is Cambodia’s Exclusive Dependence on China Inevitable?
May 27, 2021

Is Cambodia’s Exclusive Dependence on China Inevitable?

By Sam Rainsy
The most practical course for a small country is to cultivate as many friends and partners as possible.

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