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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.

The Case for Renaming TECRO
October 21, 2021

The Case for Renaming TECRO

By Chien-Huei Wu and Nai-Yu Chen
Renaming Taiwan’s de facto embassy in the U.S. to “Taiwan Representative Office” would be both meaningful and consistent with U.S. foreign policy.

India: The Quad’s Weakest Link
October 19, 2021

India: The Quad’s Weakest Link

By Chet Lee
An honest evaluation of the Quad militarily will highlight the fact that India is hampering its overall effectiveness.
Negotiating With the Taliban After Their Victory
October 15, 2021

Negotiating With the Taliban After Their Victory

By Obaidullah Baheer
The Taliban are an unfortunate reality and arriving at a stable post-conflict society is not going to be a simple task.

Changes to China’s Banking Law Could Help – or Hurt – the Planet
October 15, 2021

Changes to China’s Banking Law Could Help – or Hurt – the Planet

By Beibei Yin and Marília Monteiro
China has an opportunity to stop its banks from financing biodiversity loss.

Europeans and Americans Are Divided on the Transatlantic Relationship
October 15, 2021

Europeans and Americans Are Divided on the Transatlantic Relationship

By Susi Dennison and Dina Smeltz
New polling data shows that the American public is much more likely to sense a natural alliance with European countries than the reverse.

How Asia’s Rice Producers Can Help Limit Global Warming
October 13, 2021

How Asia’s Rice Producers Can Help Limit Global Warming

By Oliver Frith, Reiner Wassmann, and Bjoern Ole Sander
Rice-producing countries could contribute decisively to meeting the new EU-U.S. target to cut global methane emission.

America’s Afghan Allies: How to Help Those Left Behind
October 12, 2021

America’s Afghan Allies: How to Help Those Left Behind

By Chetan Peddada and Zack Baddorf
The United States must not forget the Afghan allies it left behind.
Indo-Pacific Trade: Bring Washington Back to the Table
October 08, 2021

Indo-Pacific Trade: Bring Washington Back to the Table

By Ami Bera and Wendy Cutler
The Biden administration should prioritize a forward-looking and impactful economic and trade agenda with the Indo-Pacific region, especially when it comes to digital trade.

After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism
October 06, 2021

After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism

By Omer Kanat
Hyping an unsubstantiated “extremism” threat is a key, and classic, tactic in the Chinese government’s propaganda war.

PNG’s Prime Minister Wants to Save His Country’s Rainforest. He Can’t Do It Alone.
October 01, 2021

PNG’s Prime Minister Wants to Save His Country’s Rainforest. He Can’t Do It Alone.

By G.S. Maribu
Prime Minister James Marape championed the Pacific's climate push at the 76th United Nations General Assembly with a proposal to preserve PNG's rainforest in exchange for development financing.

What Does ‘Free and Open’ Really Mean for the Indo-Pacific?
September 29, 2021

What Does ‘Free and Open’ Really Mean for the Indo-Pacific?

By Ken Weisbrode
The phrase is often read as code for “U.S.-aligned,” but what does it really mean?
What Vietnam’s President Sought to Achieve at the 76th UNGA
September 28, 2021

What Vietnam’s President Sought to Achieve at the 76th UNGA

By Le Dinh Tinh
As a mid-level power that is deeply integrated into global supply chains, Vietnam has a strong interest in the future of global multilateralism.

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