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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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US-ASEAN Summit Is a Chance to Chart a New Course for Myanmar Policy
May 05, 2022

US-ASEAN Summit Is a Chance to Chart a New Course for Myanmar Policy

By Salai Za Uk Ling
Washington should use the upcoming summit with ASEAN to work out a new multilateral strategy to respond to the ongoing crisis.
Australia’s Indo-Pacific Engagement: Fear, Honor, and Interests
May 05, 2022

Australia’s Indo-Pacific Engagement: Fear, Honor, and Interests

By John Blaxland
Cooperation, competition, and contestation are at the heart of Australia’s engagement in the Indo-Pacific.

Disinformation Poses a Grave Threat to Democracy in the Philippines
May 04, 2022

Disinformation Poses a Grave Threat to Democracy in the Philippines

By Mu Sochua
The return of the Philippine's once-disgraced Marcos clan has been aided by a flood of coordinated online manipulation.

For Tibetans, Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Sparks Bitter Memories
April 29, 2022

For Tibetans, Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Sparks Bitter Memories

By Yeshi Dorje
Mao’s unprovoked invasion of Tibet in 1949-50 also relied on a heavily distorted historical narrative designed to confuse Chinese citizens and the world.

‘Empathy Diplomacy’: A New Key to Unlocking East Asia’s Geopolitical Quagmire?
April 27, 2022

‘Empathy Diplomacy’: A New Key to Unlocking East Asia’s Geopolitical Quagmire?

By Jin Kai
The long-term solution to tensions in East Asia is for the neighboring countries to start taking each other’s security concerns more seriously.
Time for the International Community to Abandon the ASEAN Consensus on Myanmar
April 24, 2022

Time for the International Community to Abandon the ASEAN Consensus on Myanmar

By Salai Za Uk Ling
ASEAN’s approach to Myanmar hasn't made any progress. The world must stop pretending it will.

How Does Inviting Autocrats to the White House Make Asia More Free?
April 22, 2022

How Does Inviting Autocrats to the White House Make Asia More Free?

By John Sifton
The upcoming U.S.-ASEAN special summit stands in jarring juxtaposition to last year’s “Summit for Democracy” -- to which most ASEAN states didn’t merit an invitation.
Japan Needs to Prepare for a Possible Senkaku Islands Crisis
April 21, 2022

Japan Needs to Prepare for a Possible Senkaku Islands Crisis

By TSURUTA Jun
Tokyo is currently limited in its ability to respond. That needs to change.

Sri Lanka’s Protests Transcend Ethnic, Religious Divisions
April 20, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Protests Transcend Ethnic, Religious Divisions

By Tasnim Nazeer
The united voices of the people must be heard: “Gota Must Go.”

The Urgent Need to Advance Australia’s Anti-Money Laundering Laws
April 14, 2022

The Urgent Need to Advance Australia’s Anti-Money Laundering Laws

By Andrew Jackson and Philip Citowicki
Australia is 8 years late in fulfilling a promise to expand its anti-money laundering laws.

How the US Can Make up Lost Ground in Solomon Islands
April 14, 2022

How the US Can Make up Lost Ground in Solomon Islands

By Eileen Natuzzi
The United States must do more than “be visible” in Solomon Islands; it must actually make a difference in people’s lives.
Agent Orange in Vietnam: Legality and US Insensitivity
April 14, 2022

Agent Orange in Vietnam: Legality and US Insensitivity

By Phan Xuan Dung
The U.S. government's claims that it has never deployed chemical weapons has rankled Vietnamese netizens.

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