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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.

Hong Kong’s Protests: Look Beyond Tiananmen 2.0
December 06, 2019

Hong Kong’s Protests: Look Beyond Tiananmen 2.0

By Victoria Tin-bor Hui
A fuller understanding of the two episodes suggests that the protests today have moved beyond any kind of sequel to the events of 1989.

Britain’s Kashmir Conundrum: Poetic Justice?
December 06, 2019

Britain’s Kashmir Conundrum: Poetic Justice?

By Shairee Malhotra
The Kashmir question – a legacy of British imperialism -- is dividing Britain’s electorate ahead of crucial elections.
The One Speech That Explains India’s New Strategic Thinking
December 05, 2019

The One Speech That Explains India’s New Strategic Thinking

By Arjun Subramaniam
India’s external affairs minister has laid out clearly and cogently a set of guiding principles of Indian foreign policy.

What Do Germans Think of Berlin’s China Policy?
December 04, 2019

What Do Germans Think of Berlin’s China Policy?

By Joshua Webb
This year's Berlin Pulse charts public opinion toward China, the U.S., and Germany's foreign policy overall.

Unveiling Girls’ Madrasahs in Kyrgyzstan
December 02, 2019

Unveiling Girls’ Madrasahs in Kyrgyzstan

By Aichurek Kurmanbekova
Without state-recognized diplomas, Kyrgyzstan’s religious students -- especially girls -- are at risk of falling behind.

Another Day, Another Forced Confession on Chinese Television
November 28, 2019

Another Day, Another Forced Confession on Chinese Television

By Peter Humphrey
Simon Cheng’s TV “confession” reveals the truth about China’s coercive legal system.

It’s Time for Tajikistan to Become a Startup Nation
November 27, 2019

It’s Time for Tajikistan to Become a Startup Nation

By Ilhom Aliyev
For Tajikistan to fulfill its potential it must develop its human capital, boost access to financing, and tap into international networks.
Internet Freedom in Asia Hits Unprecedented Low
November 26, 2019

Internet Freedom in Asia Hits Unprecedented Low

By Allie Funk
The year 2019 was the worst for internet freedom in Asia in nearly a decade, and a worrisome omen for 2020.

Hong Kong Just Sent Beijing a Clear Signal. Will Anyone Listen?
November 25, 2019

Hong Kong Just Sent Beijing a Clear Signal. Will Anyone Listen?

By Benedict Rogers
The pro-democrats' landslide victory in district elections could prove a turning point for the city.

NYT Exposé Should Be the Tipping Point on China’s Abuse of Uyghurs
November 23, 2019

NYT Exposé Should Be the Tipping Point on China’s Abuse of Uyghurs

By Omer Kanat
The international community no longer has an excuse to stay silent. It must act.

Countering China’s Forced Confessions
November 23, 2019

Countering China’s Forced Confessions

By Peter Humphrey
Peter Humphrey was a victim of China’s practice of airing forced confessions on state television – and he’s fighting back.
Ensuring Equality in the Asian Century
November 22, 2019

Ensuring Equality in the Asian Century

By Rajendra Kumar Acharya
Unions will play a key role in ensuring workers aren't left behind as Asian growth surges forward.

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