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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.

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on the Struggle for a Free Thailand
September 24, 2020

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on the Struggle for a Free Thailand

By Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit
Young Thais are becoming increasingly fed up with the stifling consensus and repeated military interventions in the country's politics.

The India-China Ladakh Crisis: Why So Silent, World?
September 24, 2020

The India-China Ladakh Crisis: Why So Silent, World?

By Abhijnan Rej
The fact that the tense standoff in Ladakh has not led to a greater impression on the public in the U.S. and elsewhere raises uncomfortable questions.
Seeking a Viable Alternative to Indonesia’s Blasphemy Laws
September 22, 2020

Seeking a Viable Alternative to Indonesia’s Blasphemy Laws

By Desi Hanara
Instead of criminalizing blasphemy, Indonesia should focus on penalizing incitement to discrimination, hostility, and violence.

Japan: Dealing with North Korea’s Growing Missile Threat
September 18, 2020

Japan: Dealing with North Korea’s Growing Missile Threat

By Koda Yoji
Time for Japan’s political leaders to do their job.

Reality Check on Human Rights in Uzbekistan 
September 16, 2020

Reality Check on Human Rights in Uzbekistan 

By Hugh Williamson
Tashkent needs clear goals for a Human Rights Council term.

Why Am I Worried About the Taliban’s Return? 
September 15, 2020

Why Am I Worried About the Taliban’s Return? 

By Ali Reza Sarwar
One Afghan explains why he’s concerned about the return of the Taliban to the official political arena in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s Fight Against COVID-19 Has Made Imran Khan Stronger
September 15, 2020

Pakistan’s Fight Against COVID-19 Has Made Imran Khan Stronger

By Syed Ali Zia Jaffery
By bringing the military in as a stakeholder as well as advocating a smart lockdown, Khan’s COVID-19 response has consolidated his hold on power.
Is Pakistan Safe for Women?
September 14, 2020

Is Pakistan Safe for Women?

By Tehreem Azeem
The horrific gang rape of a mother along the highway was not an isolated incident, but comes against a backdrop of regular threats and harassment of women.

Recover Better Together: Taiwan Can Help
September 14, 2020

Recover Better Together: Taiwan Can Help

By Jaushieh Joseph Wu
“Working together for the greater good is how the world will defeat COVID-19,” Taiwan’s foreign minister writes – and Taiwan must be a part of that effort.

China-US Media Relations Are Cratering. That’s a Serious Problem.
September 12, 2020

China-US Media Relations Are Cratering. That’s a Serious Problem.

By Mu Chunshan
Amid the tensions, media on both sides have been casualties. That bodes very poorly for the future of U.S.-China relations.

Rapidly Evolving Missile Threats Require Modern, Multilateral Approaches 
September 11, 2020

Rapidly Evolving Missile Threats Require Modern, Multilateral Approaches 

By Izumi Nakamitsu
Preventing the spread and emergence of destabilizing missile threats is a vital, unfinished task for the international community.
The Need for an Enduring US Military Presence in Afghanistan
September 11, 2020

The Need for an Enduring US Military Presence in Afghanistan

By Julian D. Alford and Amin Tarzi
U.S. interests in Afghanistan are enduring and will need to be safeguarded into the future.

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