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The Debate

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.

How Realpolitik 2.0 Can Prevent a Global Conflict
January 28, 2022

How Realpolitik 2.0 Can Prevent a Global Conflict

By Liam Gibson and Erich Elkins
Proponents of a rules-based order can learn much from the pragmatic policies pursued by West German leaders during the Cold War.

Taiwan Provides Powerful Lessons on Democratic Resilience
January 27, 2022

Taiwan Provides Powerful Lessons on Democratic Resilience

By Zoe Leung and Alan H. Yang
The future of democracy hinges on inclusive partnerships among like-minded democracies and stakeholders. 
Barbados’ New Republic: A Win for China?
January 27, 2022

Barbados’ New Republic: A Win for China?

By Judith Mwai and Lauren Ashmore
Centering Barbados’ decision to end ties with the British monarchy around China only underscores the problem: The U.K.'s lack of interest in Barbados and similar countries.

Myanmar Has Moved Beyond Aung San Suu Kyi vs. the Generals
January 25, 2022

Myanmar Has Moved Beyond Aung San Suu Kyi vs. the Generals

By Philipp Annawitt
One year on from Myanmar's coup, things on the ground have moved on. It's time the international community does as well.

North Korea’s Escalation Strategy Won’t Work Anymore
January 22, 2022

North Korea’s Escalation Strategy Won’t Work Anymore

By Man-seok Lee and Seung-min Woo
If North Korea conducted the recent missile tests in order to convince the U.S. to return to the negotiation table, Pyongyang should quickly change strategy.

How Energy is Aiding ASEAN’s Post-Pandemic Recovery
January 21, 2022

How Energy is Aiding ASEAN’s Post-Pandemic Recovery

By Helena Aurellia and Gabriella Ienanto
The energy sector is in a good position to drive ASEAN's recovery and its transition to a greener economy.

It’s Time for a Japan-US Pandemic Partnership
January 20, 2022

It’s Time for a Japan-US Pandemic Partnership

By James Gannon
Beyond their moral responsibility, Japan and the United States have compelling interests in doing more together to battle COVID-19 internationally.
Little Blue Helmets in Kazakhstan 
January 19, 2022

Little Blue Helmets in Kazakhstan 

By Matt Cavanaugh and Jahara Matisek
A blue line was crossed; the international community must respond.

Summit for Democracy Showed the Challenges to Democracy
January 16, 2022

Summit for Democracy Showed the Challenges to Democracy

By MIMAKI Seiko
The problem is not just the rival camp, but the unclear US strategy.

How Myanmar’s Coup Has Reshaped Its Ethnic Conflicts
January 14, 2022

How Myanmar’s Coup Has Reshaped Its Ethnic Conflicts

By Thomas Kean
The coup has given way to potentially transformative negotiations aimed at the creation of a genuinely inclusive federal state.

How COVID-19 Has Enriched Asia’s Wealthy and Punished Its Poor
January 14, 2022

How COVID-19 Has Enriched Asia’s Wealthy and Punished Its Poor

By Sebastian Strangio
A new report from the NGO Oxfam provides crucial context for the region's recent democratic decline.
How to Lose a Cold War With China
January 12, 2022

How to Lose a Cold War With China

By Danny Sjursen
The U.S. military and its civilian leaders are overemphasizing militarized responses to what is largely an economic and diplomatic challenge.

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