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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.

 COVID-19 Tests Communitarian Values
July 14, 2020

 COVID-19 Tests Communitarian Values

By Amitai Etzioni
The world's most communitarian countries are handling the pandemic well. The most individualistic countries are doing the worst.

Remember Liu Xiaobo by Supporting Rights Activists in China 
July 13, 2020

Remember Liu Xiaobo by Supporting Rights Activists in China 

By Yaqiu Wang
On the anniversary of the death of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, the fight for human rights in China continues.
Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform
July 09, 2020

Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform

By Nadine Maenza and Nury Turkel
Tashkent has made progress on the path toward greater religious freedom, but must remain vigilant to protect the gains it has made and continue to actively push forward.

Why Okinawans Are Outraged by the Aegis Ashore Cancellation
July 08, 2020

Why Okinawans Are Outraged by the Aegis Ashore Cancellation

By Robert Kajiwara
The cancellation of the controversial missile defense program is seen as discrimination by Okinawans, who have long fought base construction on similar grounds.

Pakistan’s Hinduphobia
July 08, 2020

Pakistan’s Hinduphobia

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The government’s plan to support the Shri Krishna temple in Islamabad has sparked a predictable, but still deplorable, backlash.

South Korea Wants Another Trump-Kim Summit. Would It Be Worthwhile?
July 07, 2020

South Korea Wants Another Trump-Kim Summit. Would It Be Worthwhile?

By Dan DePetris
What could another summit accomplish at this point?

America’s Hong Kong Approach Does More Harm Than Good
July 06, 2020

America’s Hong Kong Approach Does More Harm Than Good

By Jin Kai
Washington intends to signal its resolve to Beijing, but Hong Kong is not reliant on U.S. goodwill.
Where the US-China Trade War Should Go From Here
July 06, 2020

Where the US-China Trade War Should Go From Here

By Mayaz Alam
More tariffs cannot be the answer amid the pandemic.

The Unraveling of Imran Khan: How Pakistan’s Prime Minister Fumbled
July 05, 2020

The Unraveling of Imran Khan: How Pakistan’s Prime Minister Fumbled

By Tilak Devasher
All is not well with Imran Khan.

How Can the World Help Hong Kong?
July 01, 2020

How Can the World Help Hong Kong?

By Benedict Rogers and Johnny Patterson
It is time for coordinated international action to give Hong Kongers a lifeline.

Japan Should Continue to Speak up on the Chinese Government’s Human Rights Abuses
June 30, 2020

Japan Should Continue to Speak up on the Chinese Government’s Human Rights Abuses

By Teppei Kasai
Taking a tough, meaningful stand against Beijing is not easy, but Tokyo must continue to demonstrate the depth of its commitments to human rights.
Bangladesh Silencing Teenage Dissent
June 29, 2020

Bangladesh Silencing Teenage Dissent

By Tasnim Nazeer
A 15-year-old was arrested for criticizing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook.

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