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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.

Pakistan’s Floods Are a Man-Made Disaster
September 25, 2022

Pakistan’s Floods Are a Man-Made Disaster

By Kiyya Baloch
It's not just climate change – corruption, bad governance, poor planning, and faulty water management are also to blame for the scale of the current disaster.

Why the Obvious Geopolitics of the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 Matter
September 23, 2022

Why the Obvious Geopolitics of the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 Matter

By Johanna M. Costigan
The bill is more about opposition to China than support for Taiwan, and is part of the broader securitization of Washington's Taiwan policy.
Security, System Issues, and a Flood of Refugees Make Getting Afghan Allies to Safety a Challenge
September 22, 2022

Security, System Issues, and a Flood of Refugees Make Getting Afghan Allies to Safety a Challenge

By Richard L. Benkin
The process, always slow and cumbersome, is now overwhelmed. Even as cases move through the system, safety remains a grave concern for Afghans forced to wait.

Justice at Last for Cambodia’s Killing Fields?
September 21, 2022

Justice at Last for Cambodia’s Killing Fields?

By Alex Hinton
After $350 million, long delays, and just three convictions, many people have asked whether the tribunal was worth the expense and effort.

2 Recent Books Provide Different Takes on the Firebombing of Tokyo
September 19, 2022

2 Recent Books Provide Different Takes on the Firebombing of Tokyo

By Francis P. Sempa
Malcom Gladwell’s “The Bomber Mafia” and James M. Scott’s “Black Snow” continue the debate over U.S. military actions at the end of World War II.

Improving Access to Care for Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivors
September 16, 2022

Improving Access to Care for Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivors

By Youk Chhang
A majority of Khmer Rouge survivors surveyed cited financial circumstances as a reason for not seeking treatment for mental or physical health conditions, disabilities, or ailments. 

Xi, Putin and the Shared China-Russia Worldview
September 16, 2022

Xi, Putin and the Shared China-Russia Worldview

By Catherine Putz
No matter the areas of friction or tactical disagreement, China and Russia share a core worldview that binds them together.
How ASEAN Can Still Help On Myanmar
September 16, 2022

How ASEAN Can Still Help On Myanmar

By Scot Marciel
The Southeast Asian bloc must make it clear that it will not accept the military junta's sham election.

Securing Afghanistan Remains SCO’s Neglected Mission Possible
September 16, 2022

Securing Afghanistan Remains SCO’s Neglected Mission Possible

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Crises in Afghanistan directly threaten the entire SCO region, yet the organization has done little to address the problem.

Australia Needs a Smarter Strategy for Investing in Vietnam
September 15, 2022

Australia Needs a Smarter Strategy for Investing in Vietnam

By Huong Le Thu
Bilateral relations have advanced considerably over the past decade, but Canberra can do a lot more to engage economically with Hanoi.

Why ICAO Needs Taiwan
September 14, 2022

Why ICAO Needs Taiwan

By Wang Kwo-tsai 
The ROC transportation minister urges the world to support Taiwan’s participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Xi Jinping’s Endgame for America
September 09, 2022

Xi Jinping’s Endgame for America

By Ian Easton
Xi’s speeches make clear that he is committed to spreading China’s model of communism around the world.

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