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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.

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Pakistan-Iran Border Stress
November 30, 2014

Pakistan-Iran Border Stress

By Aziz Muhammad Jawad
There are tensions between the two neighbors. There need not be.
China-US Relations: The Return of Mao’s Noose
November 26, 2014

China-US Relations: The Return of Mao’s Noose

By Zach Przystup
‘The U.S. and China are locked in a great power competition, and their primary goals are incompatible.’

China’s Friendship Treaty: A Distraction from South China Sea Diplomacy
November 26, 2014

China’s Friendship Treaty: A Distraction from South China Sea Diplomacy

By David Gitter
Why ASEAN states should think twice before signing on to China’s treaty of friendship and cooperation.

Hagel's Out -- What About the Pivot to Asia?
November 25, 2014

Hagel's Out -- What About the Pivot to Asia?

By Ankit Panda
Chuck Hagel, despite his flaws, was an asset for the administration's 'pivot' to Asia.

American Foreign Policy and Myanmar’s Democratic Transition
November 24, 2014

American Foreign Policy and Myanmar’s Democratic Transition

By Aung Tun
Ensuring that political dialogue is maintained will be crucial for the transition.
Could Capitol Hill Derail US-China Relations?
November 21, 2014

Could Capitol Hill Derail US-China Relations?

By Shannon Tiezzi
A new report recommends Congress take concrete actions to alter China's economic behavior.

The State Against the Stateless
November 20, 2014

The State Against the Stateless

By Ben Reynolds
International law cannot fix statelessness, because statelessness is created by the international order.
The Oil Slick on the Road to China-US Climate Cooperation
November 20, 2014

The Oil Slick on the Road to China-US Climate Cooperation

By David Livingston and Wang Tao
Without cooperation on oil, China's transition to a sustainable energy future is hardly guaranteed.

India Should Look East, to Northeast India
November 19, 2014

India Should Look East, to Northeast India

By Mukesh Rawat
It is time for New Delhi to recognize the ideological changes taking place in India’s Northeast, and reciprocate.

Integrating Taiwan’s Strengths into Global Climate Action
November 18, 2014

Integrating Taiwan’s Strengths into Global Climate Action

By Kuo-Yen Wei
It is time to let Taiwan join the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Is Russia an Asian Power?
November 17, 2014

Is Russia an Asian Power?

By Anton Tsvetov
Moscow could take the unique position of balancing “Eastern” powers in Asia.
The Biased Courts of Gilgit-Baltistan
November 17, 2014

The Biased Courts of Gilgit-Baltistan

By Senge H. Sering
A miscarriage of justice allows Pakistan’s larger terrorist problems to fester.

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