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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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Washington’s Obsolete Taiwan Policy
January 18, 2015

Washington’s Obsolete Taiwan Policy

By Michael A. Turton
The approach to Taiwan is strangely at odds with its policy elsewhere in the region.
Ashraf Ghani and the Pashtun Dilemma
January 18, 2015

Ashraf Ghani and the Pashtun Dilemma

By Ali Reza Sarwar
If he is to succeed, Afghanistan’s president will need to come to grips with the country’s ethnic tensions.

Reforming China’s Migration Barriers
January 16, 2015

Reforming China’s Migration Barriers

By Gaurav Daga
If the hukou system reform is to be meaningful, it will have to be delinked from welfare benefits.

Look Back to Move Forward: Advice to the New Sri Lanka President
January 15, 2015

Look Back to Move Forward: Advice to the New Sri Lanka President

By Jared Genser
Sri Lanka has a real chance to move on from its troubled past.

Afghanistan, Birthdays and War
January 15, 2015

Afghanistan, Birthdays and War

By Aziz Amin Ahmadzai and Ziauddin Wahaj
The legacy of conflict in Afghanistan is extensive, and should not be forgotten.
China: The Influence of History
January 14, 2015

China: The Influence of History

By Michael D. Swaine
How does history influence Chinese thought and behavior today?

Marriage Registration for Minorities in Pakistan
January 14, 2015

Marriage Registration for Minorities in Pakistan

By Nauman Asghar
The lack of action on the marriage rights of minorities is shameful.
Paris Attack: Jihadi Cancer Has Its Roots in Tehran
January 09, 2015

Paris Attack: Jihadi Cancer Has Its Roots in Tehran

By Struan Stevenson
“The spread of violent jihad across the world was the inspiration of Ayatollah Khomenei.”

No, Stealth Missile Corvettes Won’t Help Taiwan
January 09, 2015

No, Stealth Missile Corvettes Won’t Help Taiwan

By Shang-su Wu
The new Tuo-Jiang-class missile corvette will do little to shore up Taiwan’s defense.

Pakistan and Islamic Ideology
January 06, 2015

Pakistan and Islamic Ideology

By Kunal Singh
To eliminate terror, Pakistan needs to go further than ending the good Taliban-bad Taliban distinction.

Cyber War, Free Speech, and National Security
January 06, 2015

Cyber War, Free Speech, and National Security

By Jongsoo Lee
Time for a debate on the tension between free speech and national security in the age of cyber warfare.
A Wake-Up Call for Pakistanis
January 04, 2015

A Wake-Up Call for Pakistanis

By Shairee Malhotra
Pakistani citizens need to reconsider their tacit support for the Army and its national narrative.

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