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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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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.

MCC Compacts and Development Programs in the Pacific Region
November 13, 2014

MCC Compacts and Development Programs in the Pacific Region

By Eileen Natuzzi
The U.S. should not overlook Pacific Island Nations in its Millennium Challenge Corporation grants.
Recognizing the Stateless
November 12, 2014

Recognizing the Stateless

By Ruma Mandal
The UNHCR has launched a campaign to eradicate statelessness over the next decade. Will the international community rise to the challenge?

Pyongyang’s Poverty Politics
November 12, 2014

Pyongyang’s Poverty Politics

By Zach Przystup
In the wake of the UN report, it’s time to look at targeted financial sanctions.
A Chance for Progress on North Korean Human Rights
November 11, 2014

A Chance for Progress on North Korean Human Rights

By Daniel Wertz
Pyongyang’s apparent willingness to discuss human rights issues could be an opening for the West.

Why the US Must Press China on Democracy
November 11, 2014

Why the US Must Press China on Democracy

By Scott Moore
During his trip to China this week, Obama should make Hong Kong and democracy a central issue.

US Grand Strategy: More Restraint
November 10, 2014

US Grand Strategy: More Restraint

By Amitai Etzioni
A new book makes a valuable call for greater restraint in U.S. foreign policy.

Obama in Asia: Rebalancing the Pivot
November 10, 2014

Obama in Asia: Rebalancing the Pivot

By Reid Lidow
During his visit to Asia, the president has the opportunity to revive a floundering policy.
Australia Must Do Its Fair Share on Refugees
November 08, 2014

Australia Must Do Its Fair Share on Refugees

By Susan Metcalfe
Rich countries like Australia are not pulling their weight when it comes to hosting the world’s displaced.

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