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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.

Another and Better Way of Promoting Democracy
August 15, 2022

Another and Better Way of Promoting Democracy

By Rizal Ramli
Preaching and pressuring has failed to move the needle. An era of resurgent authoritarianism calls for a new approach.

What International Financial Actors Need to Learn From Sri Lanka
August 12, 2022

What International Financial Actors Need to Learn From Sri Lanka

By Frances Rachel Morrow-Nguyen
Establishing rules of the aid game and channels of communication might prevent a repeat of the current crisis, in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.
How Phnom Penh Can Recapture Its Mid-Century Glory
August 12, 2022

How Phnom Penh Can Recapture Its Mid-Century Glory

By Oung Ty Keithya
Once regarded as the "jewel of Asia," Cambodia's capital has since become a byword for sprawl and shambolic planning.

Violence Against Indian Muslims Must Be Urgently Investigated
August 12, 2022

Violence Against Indian Muslims Must Be Urgently Investigated

By Stephen Rapp
There is enough evidence that some of these acts amount to crimes against humanity.

The British Treasury Is Still Hopelessly Optimistic About China
August 10, 2022

The British Treasury Is Still Hopelessly Optimistic About China

By Dennis Kwok and Sam Goodman
Under Boris Johnson’s successor, will the Treasury get its way on deepening economic ties between the U.K. and China?

Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit has Revived the Milk Tea Alliance
August 09, 2022

Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit has Revived the Milk Tea Alliance

By Wichuta Teeratanabodee and Quah Say Jye
After a period of dormancy, the U.S. House Speaker's controversial visit has breathed new life into the regional pro-democracy coalition.

As China-US Ties Continue to Fray, Can Their Ambassadors Make Repairs?
August 09, 2022

As China-US Ties Continue to Fray, Can Their Ambassadors Make Repairs?

By Chi Wang
During previous rounds of crisis, ambassadors helped negotiate solutions. Can Qin Gang and Nicholas Burns follow suit?
Tit for Tat: The Fall-out From the US Approach to Politics and Policy in Cambodia
August 08, 2022

Tit for Tat: The Fall-out From the US Approach to Politics and Policy in Cambodia

By Alex Palmer
Washington was right to censure Phnom Penh in its latest Trafficking in Persons Report. But the U.S. government risks entangling legitimate criticism with geopolitical tensions.

Fashion Brands Have Failed to Protect Workers in Military-Ruled Myanmar
August 05, 2022

Fashion Brands Have Failed to Protect Workers in Military-Ruled Myanmar

By Alysha Khambay
The military's seizure of power has created a climate in which even carrying out human rights due diligence is next to impossible.

Abe Shinzo Excelled at Foreign Policy, But He Failed Women Badly
August 04, 2022

Abe Shinzo Excelled at Foreign Policy, But He Failed Women Badly

By Sachiko Oshimo and Mark S. Cogan
The late Japanese leader stoked a reactionary social conservatism that reinforced the country's traditional gender roles.

South Korea’s ‘Sender Pays’ Policy Is a Threat to the Internet
August 03, 2022

South Korea’s ‘Sender Pays’ Policy Is a Threat to the Internet

By Adrian Wan
The “sender pays” model is poised to create fragmentation of digital rules and standards, compromising the digital ecosystems that have been at the heart of the internet’s innovation and growth.
China’s Heavy-Handed Push to Prevent a UN Report on Xinjiang
August 01, 2022

China’s Heavy-Handed Push to Prevent a UN Report on Xinjiang

By William Nee
Beijing’s full-court press to kill the report reveals a lot about Xi Jinping’s ideal form of international order.

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