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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.

An Australia-Vietnam Partnership Could Erode China’s Monopoly on Rare Earths
November 21, 2022

An Australia-Vietnam Partnership Could Erode China’s Monopoly on Rare Earths

By Nicholas Basan
Australian money and technical know-how could unlock Vietnam's potential as a major producer of the critical minerals.

Making Siachen a Mountain of Climate Responsibility
November 19, 2022

Making Siachen a Mountain of Climate Responsibility

By Aarish U. Khan
Climate protection on the disputed glacier is important for both India and Pakistan – and could even jumpstart an improvement in their relationship.
The Malang Tragedy: What It Reveals About Indonesian Politics
November 18, 2022

The Malang Tragedy: What It Reveals About Indonesian Politics

By Rizal Ramli
The recent tragedy at Kanjuruhan Stadium reflects a much larger question of power and accountability.

Malaysia’s Political Parties Neglect Youth At Their Own Peril
November 17, 2022

Malaysia’s Political Parties Neglect Youth At Their Own Peril

By Brian R. Braun
For all the talk of the influx of first-time voters aged 18-20, the country's political parties have done little to appeal to them.

The Rift Between ASEAN and Myanmar’s Democracy Movement is Growing Wider
November 16, 2022

The Rift Between ASEAN and Myanmar’s Democracy Movement is Growing Wider

By Minn Tent Bo
Recent statements from senior Southeast Asian officials have demonstrated a lack of understanding of the country's conflict dynamics.

No, Russia’s Invasion Ukraine is Not the Same as Vietnam’s War in Cambodia
November 15, 2022

No, Russia’s Invasion Ukraine is Not the Same as Vietnam’s War in Cambodia

By Nguyen Quoc Tan Trung
Despite some superficial similarities, the moral and humanitarian calculus of the two invasions are vastly different.

It’s Time to Take the Gloves Off on Myanmar
November 14, 2022

It’s Time to Take the Gloves Off on Myanmar

By Justyna Gudzowska and Yadanar Maung
As the military junta’s atrocities increase, it is high time for the U.S. and like-minded partners to adopt much stronger targeted sanctions.
Indigenous Voices Are Missing From ASEAN
November 11, 2022

Indigenous Voices Are Missing From ASEAN

By Sochea Pheap
The region is home to between 90 and 125 million Indigenous people. Their concerns need to be reflected in the bloc's policies.

Does Ideology Matter in Vietnam’s Foreign Policy?
November 10, 2022

Does Ideology Matter in Vietnam’s Foreign Policy?

By Nguyen Cao Viet Hung
In matters of national security and national interests, Vietnamese leaders are pragmatists.

The US Must Help Bring Democracy Back to Cambodia
November 10, 2022

The US Must Help Bring Democracy Back to Cambodia

By Sam Rainsy
During his visit to Phnom Penh this week, U.S. President Joe Biden must hold Prime Minister Hun Sen accountable for the country's steep democratic decline.

Why Elon Musk’s Twitter Purchase Is a National Security Concern
November 09, 2022

Why Elon Musk’s Twitter Purchase Is a National Security Concern

By Charles Mok
Elon Musk’s Twitter deal reveals loopholes in U.S. national security oversight.
Universal Social Protection in Asia Is Within Reach – If We Have the Will
November 08, 2022

Universal Social Protection in Asia Is Within Reach – If We Have the Will

By Olivier De Schutter and Zina Nimeh
The global community could slash poverty in Asia at the click of a finger. We have the numbers to prove it.

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