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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.

Suspending Sanctions on Iran During the COVID-19 Crisis Serves American Interests
March 28, 2020

Suspending Sanctions on Iran During the COVID-19 Crisis Serves American Interests

By Lucille Greer
A temporary suspension of sanctions now will serve the United States well in future negotiations with Iran.

A Rohingya Coronavirus Catastrophe Looms if Their Internet Blackout Continues
March 27, 2020

A Rohingya Coronavirus Catastrophe Looms if Their Internet Blackout Continues

By Sirazul Islam
Leaving the group cut off from the outside world leaves them especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
Trump’s COVID-19 Blame Game
March 27, 2020

Trump’s COVID-19 Blame Game

By Chi Wang
Trump’s “Chinese virus” rhetoric is politically motivated, but diplomatically damaging.

COVID-19 and Protests Need Not Cripple Tourism-Heavy Hong Kong
March 25, 2020

COVID-19 and Protests Need Not Cripple Tourism-Heavy Hong Kong

By Jason Hung
The city is well-positioned to weather both challenges, but it will take innovative policy thinking.

China’s Coronavirus Information Warfare
March 24, 2020

China’s Coronavirus Information Warfare

By Valérie Niquet
Beijing has embarked on a desperate information war in an attempt to revive its global image amid the pandemic.

The Taliban Doesn’t Care About Women’s Rights and Neither Does the Afghan Government
March 23, 2020

The Taliban Doesn’t Care About Women’s Rights and Neither Does the Afghan Government

By Sabera Azizi
The Afghan government must take a greater stake in the future of the country’s women.

Why China’s COVID-19 Disinformation Campaign Isn’t Working in Taiwan
March 20, 2020

Why China’s COVID-19 Disinformation Campaign Isn’t Working in Taiwan

By Yi-Ting Lien
Taiwan’s resiliency highlights the importance of its participation in global efforts to fight coronavirus misinformation.
Cooperating to Save Laos’ Plain of Jars
March 20, 2020

Cooperating to Save Laos’ Plain of Jars

By Kamonrat Chayamarit
With disaster management efforts just now underway, the Plain of Jars is an important example of safeguarding World Heritage.

India’s Banks Are Imploding – As Is Its Fintech Bubble
March 20, 2020

India’s Banks Are Imploding – As Is Its Fintech Bubble

By Sarika Kumar
No investor will be convinced to enter India until it gets its house in order.

It’s Time for US Companies to Investigate Forced Labor in China
March 20, 2020

It’s Time for US Companies to Investigate Forced Labor in China

By Richard Altieri and Benjamin Della Rocca
The U.S. government should shift the burden of due diligence to companies, which are best positioned to uncover their business partners’ labor practices.

Uneven ‘Extremism’ Justice in Kyrgyzstan
March 18, 2020

Uneven ‘Extremism’ Justice in Kyrgyzstan

By Laura Mills
In Kyrgyzstan, there are people serving time for a crime no longer in the books. 
Coronavirus and the Future of Globalization
March 18, 2020

Coronavirus and the Future of Globalization

By Mie Oba
The pandemic may exacerbate an existing tendency for countries to turn inward.

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