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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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The Future of Biometrics: Opportunities and Challenges
October 24, 2019

The Future of Biometrics: Opportunities and Challenges

By Trisha Ray
While the use of biometrics has its advantages, countries are only beginning to wrestle with the underlying challenges it poses.
Saving Our Oceans: A Plea for Action
October 24, 2019

Saving Our Oceans: A Plea for Action

By David W. Panuelo
“One island, one atoll, one country at a time – that’s how we meet this challenge.”

Education Is the Key to Empowering Afghan Women
October 23, 2019

Education Is the Key to Empowering Afghan Women

By Sabera Azizi
Afghan women see more influence than ever, but prejudice and sexism remain barriers.

The Internal and International Dimensions of Sri Lanka’s Presidential Elections
October 23, 2019

The Internal and International Dimensions of Sri Lanka’s Presidential Elections

By Ana Pararajasingham
A Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency will have serious repercussions for both Sri Lanka’s internal governance as well as its international partnerships.

The Second ‘Informal Summit’ Is Done. Now for the Hard Part in India-China Ties
October 21, 2019

The Second ‘Informal Summit’ Is Done. Now for the Hard Part in India-China Ties

By Ankit Panda
The optics of the latest “informal summit” aside, India and China remain worlds apart on major issues.
After the Kurds, Will Trump Abandon Afghanistan Next?
October 18, 2019

After the Kurds, Will Trump Abandon Afghanistan Next?

By Uzair Younus
Given the Syria debacle, one cannot rule out a tweet that abruptly announces the end of the war in Afghanistan.

Brazil is Clueless About the Indo-Pacific
October 17, 2019

Brazil is Clueless About the Indo-Pacific

By Dawisson Belém Lopes
Brazil has potential to become a global player; but Brasilia has not clearly defined its grand strategic vision.
Trump’s Devastating Silence on China’s Human Rights Abuses 
October 16, 2019

Trump’s Devastating Silence on China’s Human Rights Abuses 

By Naz El-Khatib and Ashley Wood
Trump’s obsession with “strength” at the expense of human rights has been a defining feature of his views on China.

Is Democracy Dying in Afghanistan?
October 11, 2019

Is Democracy Dying in Afghanistan?

By Jumakhan Rahyab
The recent presidential election, coupled with a long list of government failures, is a serious alarm heralding the death of democracy in Afghanistan.

Singapore’s New Yale-NUS Controversy: Was Academic Freedom Violated?
October 10, 2019

Singapore’s New Yale-NUS Controversy: Was Academic Freedom Violated?

By Alicja Polakiewicz
Did the cancellation of an event on dissent challenge the college’s commitment to academic freedom?

Afghanistan-Sri Lanka: Natural Partners in Democracy and Development
October 10, 2019

Afghanistan-Sri Lanka: Natural Partners in Democracy and Development

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Despite occasional challenges, Sri Lanka’s democracy is vibrant and resilient, inspiring younger democracies such as Afghanistan. 
The Taliban Go Global
October 07, 2019

The Taliban Go Global

By Rupert Stone
The Taliban, long an isolated and parochial movement, is going global

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