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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.

Unwelcome Refugees: Afghans Continue to Face Pushback and Deportation
May 25, 2022

Unwelcome Refugees: Afghans Continue to Face Pushback and Deportation

By Themba Lewis and Hanh Nguyen
As half a million Ukraine refugees move west into Europe, what happens to the solidarity the world once shared for Afghans?

Vanuatu Shows How to Reduce Emissions Through Trade Facilitation
May 24, 2022

Vanuatu Shows How to Reduce Emissions Through Trade Facilitation

By Shamika Sirimanne and Ratnakar Adhikari
When it comes to cutting emissions, there is low-hanging fruit ripe for the picking. These Asia-Pacific countries show how to do it.
How LGBT+ Communities Overcame Japan’s 2011 Triple Disaster
May 20, 2022

How LGBT+ Communities Overcame Japan’s 2011 Triple Disaster

By Natasha Fox
LGBT+ people found themselves marginalized from Japan’s state-run disaster relief – so they created their own alternatives. That can serve as a model for other efforts around the world.

The US Should Ban China’s State Media From Social Platforms
May 19, 2022

The US Should Ban China’s State Media From Social Platforms

By David L. Sloss
U.S. companies – including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter – are subsidizing Chinese and Russian information warfare by providing free electronic amplification services.

US-ASEAN Summit a Missed Opportunity to Tackle Shrinking Civic Space Across the Region
May 18, 2022

US-ASEAN Summit a Missed Opportunity to Tackle Shrinking Civic Space Across the Region

By Pornpen Khongkachonkiet
Civil society across ASEAN is struggling to survive in the face of growing repression. Countering this alarming trend must be a top priority for the U.S.

Marcos’ Victory Offers Washington the Chance for a Diplomatic Reset with the Philippines
May 17, 2022

Marcos’ Victory Offers Washington the Chance for a Diplomatic Reset with the Philippines

By Peter Mumford
Marcos might not have been the ideal choice of many U.S. policymakers, but he offers the opportunity for a more stable and predictable partnership.

South Korea Can Do More in the Battle Against COVID-19
May 16, 2022

South Korea Can Do More in the Battle Against COVID-19

By Troy Stangarone
For all its success at home, South Korea has been less forthcoming with donations during the pandemic.
Speak Up on Behalf of Afghan Women
May 12, 2022

Speak Up on Behalf of Afghan Women

By Heather Barr
What is happening right now in Afghanistan is the most serious women’s rights crisis in the world today.

Uyghurs Have No Faith in Michelle Bachelet’s UN Visit to China 
May 11, 2022

Uyghurs Have No Faith in Michelle Bachelet’s UN Visit to China 

By Omer Kanat
The United Nations, an organization established in the aftermath of one genocide, has yet to impose any consequences, or even to officially condemn, China’s genocide against the Uyghur people.

The US-ASEAN Summit Should Prioritize Internet Freedom
May 11, 2022

The US-ASEAN Summit Should Prioritize Internet Freedom

By Michael Caster
Washington should use the upcoming Special Summit to take a firm stand against the rising digital authoritarianism in Southeast Asian nations.

This Tiger Cub is Only the Tip of the Iceberg of an Illegal Trade
May 09, 2022

This Tiger Cub is Only the Tip of the Iceberg of an Illegal Trade

By Natalie Phaholyothin
Many Asian countries have passed strong laws against the tiger trade, but implementation remains patchy. That needs to change.
Remember Afghanistan’s Hazaras
May 06, 2022

Remember Afghanistan’s Hazaras

By Knox Thames
Can anything be done to help the Hazaras in Afghanistan? 

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