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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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The Misguided US Trade Gamble Against China
June 07, 2015

The Misguided US Trade Gamble Against China

By Robin Hsieh
U.S. trade policy toward China needs to be positive-sum, not zero-sum.
Disputology: The US and East Asia’s Sovereignty Disputes
June 07, 2015

Disputology: The US and East Asia’s Sovereignty Disputes

By David A. Welch
Why and how Washington should clarify its policy of not taking sides in sovereignty disputes.

Nepal’s Earthquake Uncovers Hidden Potential
June 05, 2015

Nepal’s Earthquake Uncovers Hidden Potential

By Manish Gyawali
The government may have fumbled its response, but the Nepalese public have revealed hitherto hidden strengths.

South China Sea: It’s About More Than Rocks
June 05, 2015

South China Sea: It’s About More Than Rocks

By Adam B. Lowther
The disputes are the first major postwar challenge to the order that led to a secure and growing Asia.

Much Ado About Iran's Low-Enriched Uranium
June 04, 2015

Much Ado About Iran's Low-Enriched Uranium

By Ankit Panda
Relax, Iran's complying with the terms of the November 2013 interim deal—at least for a few more weeks.
US Must Hold Firm in South China Sea Dispute
June 03, 2015

US Must Hold Firm in South China Sea Dispute

By Joseph A. Bosco
Backing away now will be seen in Beijing and elsewhere as a further erosion of U.S. credibility.

Australia's Medieval Turn
June 02, 2015

Australia's Medieval Turn

By Greg Austin
Outlaws and propaganda of the faith as tools of strategy. Is a new dark age descending on Australia?
Water: A Global Crisis
June 01, 2015

Water: A Global Crisis

By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe and Asit K. Biswas
The world water crisis is both severe and entirely avoidable.

Afghanistan’s Illusion of a New Pakistan
June 01, 2015

Afghanistan’s Illusion of a New Pakistan

By Tamim Asey
The recent outreach has been laudable, but the ingredients for real change are missing.

Security Integration in the Asia-Pacific
June 01, 2015

Security Integration in the Asia-Pacific

By Yuxin A. Zhang
What prevents closer security ties in East Asia? A lot.

Terrorizing Afghanistan in the Name of Islam
May 29, 2015

Terrorizing Afghanistan in the Name of Islam

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Has a shared religion helped Afghanistan in its dealings with the Muslim world?
Robert Kaplan's Right About Imperialism, Wrong About the Middle East
May 28, 2015

Robert Kaplan's Right About Imperialism, Wrong About the Middle East

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Imperialism can impose order. But that doesn't mean the U.S. should pursue empire in the Middle East.

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