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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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Events in Myawaddy Prove That a Change in Thai Foreign Policy is Needed

Events in Myawaddy Prove That a Change in Thai Foreign Policy is Needed

By Alexis Turek
Thailand can – and should – be playing a more active role in mediating the Myanmar's expanding conflict.
Navigating the Afghanistan Conundrum by Engaging With Afghanistan’s Next Generation 

Navigating the Afghanistan Conundrum by Engaging With Afghanistan’s Next Generation 

By Nazifa Haqpal
It is our collective responsibility to support the Afghan people's bid for a brighter future and to learn from the lessons of the past.

Taiwan’s Democracy in Crisis: Next Steps and Their Importance for the World

Taiwan’s Democracy in Crisis: Next Steps and Their Importance for the World

By Chiang Min-yen and Angela Ou
Now that the controversial legislative reform bill has passed, what steps should Taiwan’s civil society take? 

In Lawmaking, the Details Matter. Taiwan Would be Wise to Remember That

In Lawmaking, the Details Matter. Taiwan Would be Wise to Remember That

By Adam King and Daniel Twining
Beijing could be a winner as Taipei rushes to pass new law.

Days of Reckoning on the Future of ‘Natural’ Gas in Asia

Days of Reckoning on the Future of ‘Natural’ Gas in Asia

By Axel Dalman
The gas industry in Australia and across Asia needs to face the music being played by major economies and governments worldwide.
China-Israel Relations: Caught in a Downward Spiral

China-Israel Relations: Caught in a Downward Spiral

By Hongda Fan
Official relations and public perceptions have both taken huge damage since the October 7 attack by Hamas and Israel’s massive military deployment in Gaza.

Shifting the Narrative on Climate Transition For Southeast Asian Businesses

Shifting the Narrative on Climate Transition For Southeast Asian Businesses

By Petra Christi and Dinda Maharani
Transition plans should reflect the fact that the region’s economies have distinct structures and vulnerabilities compared to their Western counterparts.
International Scholars Sound the Alarm Over Legislative Reforms Proposed in Taiwan

International Scholars Sound the Alarm Over Legislative Reforms Proposed in Taiwan

An open letter from 30 scholars expresses “strong concern and disappointment about the set of parliamentary reforms.”

ASEAN’s Environment of Denial: New Declaration, Same Old Story

ASEAN’s Environment of Denial: New Declaration, Same Old Story

By Prarthana Rao and Ian Salvaña
The bloc's Declaration on Environmental Rights is vaguely-worded and lets member states off the hook on conservation efforts.

As Taiwan’s New President Takes Office, Can China Seize Taiwan Without Firing a Single Shot?

As Taiwan’s New President Takes Office, Can China Seize Taiwan Without Firing a Single Shot?

By Chiang Min-yen
A controversial bill in the Legislative Yuan sparks fears of a hostile takeover from within, inspiring mass protests.

From Tsai to Lai: The Past, Present, and Future of Taiwan’s Foreign Policy

From Tsai to Lai: The Past, Present, and Future of Taiwan’s Foreign Policy

By Peng-Hsuan Chen
Given that Lai seems poised to carry on outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen's diplomatic approach, a look at her foreign policy evolution is useful.
Road to Busan for a Plastic-free Future

Road to Busan for a Plastic-free Future

By Jed Alegado
Asia-Pacific countries could prove critical to ensuring the treaty addresses not only waste management, but the root issue of plastic production.

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