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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.

Managing the Coronavirus: What the World Can Learn From Asia-Pacific Responses
May 22, 2020

Managing the Coronavirus: What the World Can Learn From Asia-Pacific Responses

By Eik Swee
What are the dilemmas governments must navigate in responding to the pandemic?

Can the International Solar Alliance Truly Be India’s ‘Gift to the World’?
May 22, 2020

Can the International Solar Alliance Truly Be India’s ‘Gift to the World’?

By Zerin Osho
Solar-powered vaccine logistics may present an important opportunity for the ISA amid the global pandemic.
A Ceasefire for Eid, Peace, and Fighting COVID-19 in Afghanistan 
May 22, 2020

A Ceasefire for Eid, Peace, and Fighting COVID-19 in Afghanistan 

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Violence has continued in Afghanistan throughout the holy month of Ramadan. 

COVID-19 in Afghanistan: Going Beyond a Ceasefire
May 18, 2020

COVID-19 in Afghanistan: Going Beyond a Ceasefire

By Ben Francis
A ceasefire is necessary to give all Afghans the best possible chance of defeating their common enemy: COVID-19. But there are limitations.

Pakistan Discovers the High Cost of Chinese Investment
May 18, 2020

Pakistan Discovers the High Cost of Chinese Investment

By Hussain Haqqani
A new report sheds light on the true costs of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for Pakistan.

25 Years After ‘Disappearing’ Tibetan Panchen Lama, China Is No Nearer to Its Goal
May 15, 2020

25 Years After ‘Disappearing’ Tibetan Panchen Lama, China Is No Nearer to Its Goal

By Sophie Richardson
In 1995, Chinese authorities took a 6-year-old Tibetan child, identified as the Panchen Lama reincarnate, from his home. He hasn’t been seen since.

Kazakhstan-ASEAN Relations: Prospects for Greater Engagement
May 15, 2020

Kazakhstan-ASEAN Relations: Prospects for Greater Engagement

By Paradorn Rangsimaporn
Kazakhstan’s central role in China’s BRI and membership in the EAEU present new opportunities for stronger relations between Kazakhstan and ASEAN.
Facebook’s Apology for its Role in Sri Lanka’s Anti-Muslim Riots Should Spark Change
May 15, 2020

Facebook’s Apology for its Role in Sri Lanka’s Anti-Muslim Riots Should Spark Change

By Tasnim Nazeer
Facebook’s failure to remove hate speech and disinformation during the 2018 riots resulted in spurring on the deadly violence.

Fighting COVID-19 in the Philippines: The Scalpel vs the Axe
May 14, 2020

Fighting COVID-19 in the Philippines: The Scalpel vs the Axe

By Ronald U. Mendoza
The COVID-19 crisis has revealed long-existing cracks in the Philippines’ systems and institutions.

Taiwan and the WHO: People Power Will Prevail
May 13, 2020

Taiwan and the WHO: People Power Will Prevail

By Johnny Chiang
The KMT’s chairman makes the case for Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Organization.

Why Would the US Have Funded the Controversial Wuhan Lab?
May 13, 2020

Why Would the US Have Funded the Controversial Wuhan Lab?

By Justin Fendos
Reports about the connection between the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Wuhan Institute of Virology risk feeding conspiracy theories about the origins of COVID-19.
The Challenge of Grading Asia on COVID-19
May 12, 2020

The Challenge of Grading Asia on COVID-19

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Amid the flood of assessments, we should be mindful of the challenges and limitations inherent in evaluating national performance on the coronavirus.

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