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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.

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A Strategy for Japan’s Public Diplomacy in the United States
March 20, 2015

A Strategy for Japan’s Public Diplomacy in the United States

By Marta McLellan Ross
Japan has lost ground to Korea and China in U.S. public perceptions. Here’s what it can do about it.
America's AIIB Disaster: Are There Lessons to be Learned?
March 18, 2015

America's AIIB Disaster: Are There Lessons to be Learned?

By Shannon Tiezzi
The U.S. needs a better response to Chinese-led initiatives than attempting to lead a boycott.

ISIS Is Destroying Priceless Artifacts. Here's How to Stop Them.
March 17, 2015

ISIS Is Destroying Priceless Artifacts. Here's How to Stop Them.

By Thiago Velozo and Lucas Bento
The Islamic States' desecration of Iraq's cultural heritage can not be allowed to continue.

Who Is the US Republican Party's Leading Iran Skeptic?
March 17, 2015

Who Is the US Republican Party's Leading Iran Skeptic?

By Jack Detsch
The youngest member of the Senate has become the Republican’s bulwark on Iran. Why him?

Human Trafficking Thrives Where Rule of Law Ends
March 16, 2015

Human Trafficking Thrives Where Rule of Law Ends

By Olivia Enos
Solving Asia’s enormous human trafficking problem will require trained law enforcement and non-corrupt judicial systems.
The Trouble With Sanctions
March 15, 2015

The Trouble With Sanctions

By Jordan Olmstead
Sanctions may well be the least worst option in dealing with hostile regimes. But they can have unintended consequences.

A Nepal Army Colonel Fronts London’s Old Bailey
March 15, 2015

A Nepal Army Colonel Fronts London’s Old Bailey

By Michael Vurens van Es
The U.K. trial is to be welcomed. But the role of foreign agencies in wartime abuses also needs to be investigated.
Getting Disaster Resilience Right
March 11, 2015

Getting Disaster Resilience Right

By Shamshad Akhtar
In a region prone to disasters, a major conference must draw on the lessons of the past.

The Real Challenge to Iranian Nuclear Talks
March 10, 2015

The Real Challenge to Iranian Nuclear Talks

By Richard Javad Heydarian
The true reason why opponents are decrying ongoing negotiations.

Ahead of Abe Visit, Pressure Builds For Obama on TPP
March 10, 2015

Ahead of Abe Visit, Pressure Builds For Obama on TPP

By Jack Detsch
The clock is ticking for the Obama administration to get the TPP past Congress.

Karl Haushofer and the Rise of the Monsoon Countries
March 10, 2015

Karl Haushofer and the Rise of the Monsoon Countries

By Francis P. Sempa
This writer understood geopolitical potential of the Indo-Pacific decades ago.
Is China's 'Non-Interference' Here to Stay?
March 09, 2015

Is China's 'Non-Interference' Here to Stay?

By Ankit Panda
Major General Huang Xing's alleged involvement in supporting Myanmar's Kokang rebels puts China in a tricky position.

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