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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 United States Risks Being Complicit in the Myanmar Junta’s Atrocities
February 02, 2023

The United States Risks Being Complicit in the Myanmar Junta’s Atrocities

By Me Me Khant
Two years on from the military coup, the U.S. government is saying one thing about the country's crisis and doing another.

Two Years On, Women Remain at the Forefront of Myanmar’s Resistance Movement
February 01, 2023

Two Years On, Women Remain at the Forefront of Myanmar’s Resistance Movement

By Nandar and Maggi Quadrini
The work of the country's women is central to the success of the Spring Revolution. It's time for the outside world to support them.
Myanmar: Last Chance Before the Final Curtain Drops
January 31, 2023

Myanmar: Last Chance Before the Final Curtain Drops

By Emilie Lehmann-Jacobsen
New crises have distracted international attention from the country right at the time that it is needed the most.

Why the Netherlands Should Restrict Semiconductor Tech Exports to China
January 31, 2023

Why the Netherlands Should Restrict Semiconductor Tech Exports to China

By Gerrit van der Wees
In the long run, restricting the supply of ASML machines to China is in the company's own best interests.

Repression, Debt, Corruption and Human Trafficking: Hun Sen’s Cambodian Legacy
January 30, 2023

Repression, Debt, Corruption and Human Trafficking: Hun Sen’s Cambodian Legacy

By Sam Rainsy
The Cambodian leader's goal is to establish a North Korean-style dynasty under which his descendants will continue to hold power indefinitely.

How International Legal Interventions Can Help Pressure Myanmar’s Military
January 27, 2023

How International Legal Interventions Can Help Pressure Myanmar’s Military

By Liam Scott
Foreign governments need to make good on their pledges to intervene in the Rohingya genocide case at the International Court of Justice.

A Uyghur Reflects on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27, 2023

A Uyghur Reflects on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Omer Kanat
Solemn remembrance of the Holocaust is important for all humanity. And for Uyghurs, in our current crisis, “Never Forget” and “Never Again” have a direct and profound meaning.
US Help Won’t Solve Pakistan’s Terrorism Problems
January 24, 2023

US Help Won’t Solve Pakistan’s Terrorism Problems

By Riaz Khokhar
So long as Pakistan lacks the political will to root out terrorism on its western borderlands, international efforts would be in vain.

Strategic Tech Cooperation Can Push Eu-India Ties to a Higher Level
January 18, 2023

Strategic Tech Cooperation Can Push Eu-India Ties to a Higher Level

By Vera Kranenburg and Maaike Okano-Heijmans
The EU and India can play an important role in each other’s ambitions to strengthen strategic autonomy by reducing dependencies.

The US and China: Deterrence in the Danger Zone
January 14, 2023

The US and China: Deterrence in the Danger Zone

By E. John Teichert
Success depends on decreasing the perceived likelihood that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would succeed, minimizing the perceived benefits, and increasing the expected costs. 

Thailand is Failing Refugee Children
January 13, 2023

Thailand is Failing Refugee Children

By Puttanee Kangkun
The recent arrival of civilians fleeing Myanmar's conflict has highlighted a serious shortcoming in the Thai government's approach to refugees.
Pakistan Puts World Leaders’ Climate Promises to the Test
January 09, 2023

Pakistan Puts World Leaders’ Climate Promises to the Test

By Shaheen Chughtai
The world should be watching to see if high-income countries and historical emitters back their ambitious talk on climate justice with real cash. 

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