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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.

Myanmar is Not a Failed State, but a Failed Coup
August 03, 2021

Myanmar is Not a Failed State, but a Failed Coup

By Yanghee Lee, Chris Sidoti, and Marzuki Darusman
If Myanmar becomes a failed state it will only be because the outside world failed to come to the country's aid.

How Taiwan’s Mayors Helped Lead the Fight Against COVID-19
July 29, 2021

How Taiwan’s Mayors Helped Lead the Fight Against COVID-19

By Chingyu Yao
Citizen-centered policies and local mayors can lead Taiwan – and the world – into a better new normal even after the pandemic.
Moon Jae-in’s Stalled Odyssey to Peace in Korea
July 28, 2021

Moon Jae-in’s Stalled Odyssey to Peace in Korea

By Chung-in Moon
President Moon’s Korea Peace Initiative has faced mixed results and daunting challenges, but there are no better options.

South Asia’s Cultural Climate Is at Risk. What Can the US Do?
July 28, 2021

South Asia’s Cultural Climate Is at Risk. What Can the US Do?

By Knox Thames
Encouraging South Asian nations to protect their historic multiculturalism will help reduce human rights violations, protect religious and ethnic minorities, and promote peace and stability.

Blinken Must Urge Modi to Repeal Repressive Laws
July 26, 2021

Blinken Must Urge Modi to Repeal Repressive Laws

By Carolyn Nash
While in New Delhi, Blinken should press Modi to repeal and amend laws that jeopardize human rights.

Reality Check: China’s Digital Yuan Is Not a Threat to the West
July 26, 2021

Reality Check: China’s Digital Yuan Is Not a Threat to the West

By Sara Hsu
There are enough real issue between the U.S. and China. There is little need to invent tensions, such as with the Chinese digital currency.

UNESCO and Japan’s Rewriting of History
July 23, 2021

UNESCO and Japan’s Rewriting of History

By Mindy L. Kotler
At UNESCO, Japan lays bare the difficulties of achieving shared values within the Quad.
In Vietnam, the Party’s Rolling Crackdown on Dissent Continues
July 23, 2021

In Vietnam, the Party’s Rolling Crackdown on Dissent Continues

By Stewart Rees
Proponents of an EU trade pact said it would nudge one-party Vietnam towards greater respect for human rights. The evidence so far points in the other direction.

The World Must Not Forgot North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity
July 22, 2021

The World Must Not Forgot North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity

By Benedict Rogers
Seven years after a damning U.N. report on North Korea’s human rights abuses, nothing has changed.

Give ASEAN Diplomacy a Chance in Myanmar
July 19, 2021

Give ASEAN Diplomacy a Chance in Myanmar

By Moez Hayat
Brunei’s adherence to the “ASEAN way” seeks a diplomatic solution to the crisis that also preserves the unity and continued relevance of the organization.

Myanmar: Sanctions Are the Key to a Democratic Future
July 16, 2021

Myanmar: Sanctions Are the Key to a Democratic Future

By Tin Tun Naing
To compel the military to change, Western governments need to go after the income that helps sustain it.
Foreign Media Face a Trust Crisis in China
July 16, 2021

Foreign Media Face a Trust Crisis in China

By Mu Chunshan
Western media have lost a good deal of their credibility with ordinary Chinese. How can they recover that trust?

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