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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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Killing, Violence, and Detention: Myanmar Is No Place for Children
April 01, 2021

Killing, Violence, and Detention: Myanmar Is No Place for Children

By Hassan Noor
Since the coup, Myanmar’s military has killed 43 children, detained 20, and traumatized countless more.
China-US Relations: Views From China
March 31, 2021

China-US Relations: Views From China

By Mu Chunshan
Understanding how ordinary Chinese people view the relationship is a crucial, but often overlooked, element in getting U.S. policy right.

The Myanmar Crisis and the Contradictions of ‘Non-Interference’
March 29, 2021

The Myanmar Crisis and the Contradictions of ‘Non-Interference’

By Kyaw Khant
As the situation in Myanmar worsens, it is becoming harder for outside nations to remain neutral.

How the Olympic Movement Can Resist Beijing’s Games
March 26, 2021

How the Olympic Movement Can Resist Beijing’s Games

By Ben Lowsen
The world at large cannot expect the IOC to address every issue, but the issue of genocide is too great to ignore.

Politics Are Keeping the UN From Protecting Children
March 26, 2021

Politics Are Keeping the UN From Protecting Children

By Karin Landgren
International pressure was critical to ending the use of child soldiers in Nepal. The United Nations can’t let politics undermine its mission to do so elsewhere.
Sri Lanka’s Proposed ‘Burqa Ban’ Would Backfire
March 25, 2021

Sri Lanka’s Proposed ‘Burqa Ban’ Would Backfire

By Nilay Saiya
If Sri Lanka adopts the burqa ban and refuses to address systemic issues of bias and discrimination against Muslims, it will only create a breeding ground for terrorism.

Rehumanizing US North Korea Policy
March 24, 2021

Rehumanizing US North Korea Policy

By Esther S. Im and Paul K. Lee
The challenges on the Korean Peninsula have never just been abstract foreign policy issues happening “over there” – they have touched the lives of thousands of American families.
India’s Absurd Sedition Law – And What It Enables
March 22, 2021

India’s Absurd Sedition Law – And What It Enables

By Aditya Sharma
The Indian Penal Code is replete with pernicious and outdated laws. Its Section 124A is a marquee example.

Have the Gates of Hell Been Opened Upon Myanmar?
March 22, 2021

Have the Gates of Hell Been Opened Upon Myanmar?

By Gerard McDermott
The crisis in Myanmar has exhibited some signs that a devastating and deeply divisive conflict may be on the horizon.

The Myanmar Military is Trying to Divide and Terrorize the People. We Must Resist.
March 19, 2021

The Myanmar Military is Trying to Divide and Terrorize the People. We Must Resist.

By Kyaw Hsan Hlaing
From the perspective of democracy and universal human rights, the common enemy is clear.

If China’s Anti-Uyghur Campaign Isn’t Genocide, What Is?
March 18, 2021

If China’s Anti-Uyghur Campaign Isn’t Genocide, What Is?

By Omer Kanat
If the world’s only response to genocide is to engage in endless debate of the term, then “never again” is truly an empty promise.
Sustainable Development Goals Can Guide Asia-Pacific To Build Back Better
March 17, 2021

Sustainable Development Goals Can Guide Asia-Pacific To Build Back Better

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
The region fell short of its 2020 milestones for the Goals, even before entering the global pandemic. As the Asia-Pacific rebuilds, it must change course.

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