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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.

States and Regions Can Help Build Australia’s Climate Change Resilience
January 24, 2020

States and Regions Can Help Build Australia’s Climate Change Resilience

By Tim Ash Vie
State and regional governments are increasingly stepping up their climate commitments where national governments are unable or unwilling to do so.

How Taiwan’s History Illuminates the 2020 Election
January 24, 2020

How Taiwan’s History Illuminates the 2020 Election

By Evan Dawley and Wayne Soon
Taiwan's democratic culture -- and ties to Hong Kong -- long predate the 21st century.
Peace in Afghanistan Must Not Ignore Afghan Voices
January 22, 2020

Peace in Afghanistan Must Not Ignore Afghan Voices

By Zaman Sultani
Peace in Afghanistan must be worthy of its name.

The Globalization of China’s Media Controls: Key Trends from 2019
January 21, 2020

The Globalization of China’s Media Controls: Key Trends from 2019

By Sarah Cook
The Chinese Communist Party’s international media influence campaign is expanding rapidly—and so is the world’s response.

Life Under Siege in Kashmir
January 21, 2020

Life Under Siege in Kashmir

By StoriesAsia
Kashmir remains an open air prison, leaving people with no control over their lives.

Documenting the Tragedy in Xinjiang: An Insider’s View of Atajurt
January 16, 2020

Documenting the Tragedy in Xinjiang: An Insider’s View of Atajurt

By Mehmet Volkan Kaşıkçı
Facing monumental challenges, the volunteers of Atajurt have dedicated themselves to advocating for those detained in Xinjiang.

Vietnam’s Deadly Land Clash Leaves Questions Unanswered
January 15, 2020

Vietnam’s Deadly Land Clash Leaves Questions Unanswered

By Duy Hoang
The recent violent land dispute spotlights serious issues that remain to be addressed.
Washington’s Denuclearization Delusion Stalls North Korea Talks
January 15, 2020

Washington’s Denuclearization Delusion Stalls North Korea Talks

By Bonnie Kristian
The sooner U.S. gets over "denuclearization," the sooner it can expect diplomatic results with North Korea.

Public Spaces and Radical Solidarity Define India’s Student Protests
January 14, 2020

Public Spaces and Radical Solidarity Define India’s Student Protests

By Surajkumar Thube
India's student protesters are standing up for a particular vision of the country.

Will China Play an Active Role Amid US-Iran Tensions?
January 13, 2020

Will China Play an Active Role Amid US-Iran Tensions?

By Ankit Panda
Will China look to leverage its influence over tensions between the U.S. and Iran?

Before #MeToo, There Were the ‘Comfort Women’
January 10, 2020

Before #MeToo, There Were the ‘Comfort Women’

By Esther Brito Ruiz
The survivors of Japanese sexual slavery started a pioneering human rights movement combating sexual abuse.
Women Emerging as Leaders in Fixing India’s Slums
January 08, 2020

Women Emerging as Leaders in Fixing India’s Slums

By Bijal Brahmbhatt
The collective might of women must be harnessed as a powerful, necessary force for change.

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