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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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Japan: Abe Misses Chance on Immigration Debate
March 06, 2015

Japan: Abe Misses Chance on Immigration Debate

By Colin Moreshead
The silence of the Japanese prime minister following the recent “apartheid” controversy speaks volumes.
Why Iran Should Have Missile Capability
March 06, 2015

Why Iran Should Have Missile Capability

By Masoud Rezaei
An argument for keeping Iran’s missile program out of the P5+1-Iran negotiations.

Cambodia and Australia: Treating Refugees as Bargaining Chips
March 05, 2015

Cambodia and Australia: Treating Refugees as Bargaining Chips

By Bill Frelick
The two countries are selective in their interpretation of international laws on the rights of refugees.

Afghanistan’s Mujahideen and a Fragile Peace
March 04, 2015

Afghanistan’s Mujahideen and a Fragile Peace

By Ali Reza Sarwar
The continuing role of mujahideen leaders in Afghan politics puts the country’s future at risk.

Japan and the ‘Counter-Pivot’
February 27, 2015

Japan and the ‘Counter-Pivot’

By Robert Dujarric
With the U.S. increasingly engaged elsewhere, should Japan do more for regional security itself?
Can Atheistic China Play Conflict Mediator in ‘God’s Century’?
February 26, 2015

Can Atheistic China Play Conflict Mediator in ‘God’s Century’?

By James Chen
As China becomes more involved in international conflicts, it will need to understand the role of religion.

India's Maldivian Headache
February 26, 2015

India's Maldivian Headache

By Ankit Panda
Political crisis in the Maldives puts New Delhi in a position where it has to act. But how?
'Killer Robots' Need Regulation, Not a Ban
February 26, 2015

'Killer Robots' Need Regulation, Not a Ban

By Lucas Bento
Autonomous weapons can be disruptive, but that doesn't mean we should ban them altogether.

Creating a Security Architecture for the Indian Ocean
February 25, 2015

Creating a Security Architecture for the Indian Ocean

By Darshana M. Baruah
To provide security in the Indian Ocean, we need multilateral cooperation from India, Japan, the U.S., and Australia.

Douglas MacArthur and the Pivot to Asia
February 22, 2015

Douglas MacArthur and the Pivot to Asia

By Francis P. Sempa
The controversial general would have applauded the U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific.

An Agenda for East Timor’s New Leadership
February 19, 2015

An Agenda for East Timor’s New Leadership

By Jared Genser
As a new prime minister takes office, the country faces a host of challenges.
The U.S. Needs to Get Tough on Thailand
February 18, 2015

The U.S. Needs to Get Tough on Thailand

By David A. Merkel
By ignoring the democratic regression, Washington is sending dangerous signals to the rest of the region.

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