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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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Countering China in Africa by Reaffirming US Tech Leadership
December 27, 2022

Countering China in Africa by Reaffirming US Tech Leadership

By Sam Howell
To effectively mitigate the influence of Huawei and other Chinese tech giants in Africa, the U.S. must position itself as a willing and reliable alternative partner.
One Woman’s Journey From Persecution in Myanmar to Sex Work in Thailand
December 24, 2022

One Woman’s Journey From Persecution in Myanmar to Sex Work in Thailand

By Shivaji Das and Yolanda Yu
"I don’t know about my future. How about you? Do you know your future?"

Canada Should Support Taiwan’s CPTPP Bid
December 22, 2022

Canada Should Support Taiwan’s CPTPP Bid

By Adam Zivo
Not only do Canada and Taiwan’s values align, but also trade between the two countries is skyrocketing.

Indonesia’s Latest Tilt Toward Authoritarianism
December 19, 2022

Indonesia’s Latest Tilt Toward Authoritarianism

By Rizal Ramli
With this month's passage of a revised criminal code, the country has taken another step back to the Suharto era.

China Should Invest in a Green Transition, Not the East African Crude Oil Pipeline
December 15, 2022

China Should Invest in a Green Transition, Not the East African Crude Oil Pipeline

By Abigail Sunshine Nalule
Even while China chairs the U.N. biodiversity conference, its companies are damaging crucial ecosystems in Uganda.
The Answer to Countering Chinese Influence in Brazil? Sanitation Reform.
December 15, 2022

The Answer to Countering Chinese Influence in Brazil? Sanitation Reform.

By Valeria Allende and Daniel Bonomo
The Amazon region’s water and sanitation infrastructure is critically underdeveloped. By working in this vital, often overlooked, area the U.S. can present itself as a stronger partner.

Cambodia’s Micro-credit Crisis Reveals the Bankruptcy of the State
December 15, 2022

Cambodia’s Micro-credit Crisis Reveals the Bankruptcy of the State

By Sam Rainsy
Over the past decade, microfinance has been rolled out against a backdrop of a profoundly weak and corrupt state.
Don’t Force Europe to Choose Between the United States and China 
December 14, 2022

Don’t Force Europe to Choose Between the United States and China 

By Carisa Nietsche
Coercive diplomacy comes at a cost: It threatens to inject friction and erode trust in the transatlantic relationship.

Europe and ASEAN Should Work Together on Myanmar Crisis
December 13, 2022

Europe and ASEAN Should Work Together on Myanmar Crisis

By John Sifton
Neither the EU nor ASEAN can deal with the crisis in Myanmar alone, but together they can make a difference. 

ASEAN and the EU: Beyond the Summit, a Call for Action
December 13, 2022

ASEAN and the EU: Beyond the Summit, a Call for Action

By David McAllister and Daniel Caspary
As pioneering regional bodies in a disordered world, the Southeast Asian and European blocs have many areas of overlapping interest.

December 9 Is Uyghur Genocide Recognition Day
December 08, 2022

December 9 Is Uyghur Genocide Recognition Day

By Omer Kanat
One year on from a historic judgment on the Chinese government’s genocide, we cannot delay global action any longer.
US Policy Toward China Is Undermining Security for Communities in the Asia-Pacific
December 02, 2022

US Policy Toward China Is Undermining Security for Communities in the Asia-Pacific

By Kate Alexander and Colleen Moore
Addressing collective challenges such as climate change will require abandoning militarized approaches for cooperation and diplomacy.

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