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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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PNG’s Prime Minister Wants to Save His Country’s Rainforest. He Can’t Do It Alone.
October 01, 2021

PNG’s Prime Minister Wants to Save His Country’s Rainforest. He Can’t Do It Alone.

By G.S. Maribu
Prime Minister James Marape championed the Pacific's climate push at the 76th United Nations General Assembly with a proposal to preserve PNG's rainforest in exchange for development financing.
What Does ‘Free and Open’ Really Mean for the Indo-Pacific?
September 29, 2021

What Does ‘Free and Open’ Really Mean for the Indo-Pacific?

By Ken Weisbrode
The phrase is often read as code for “U.S.-aligned,” but what does it really mean?

What Vietnam’s President Sought to Achieve at the 76th UNGA
September 28, 2021

What Vietnam’s President Sought to Achieve at the 76th UNGA

By Le Dinh Tinh
As a mid-level power that is deeply integrated into global supply chains, Vietnam has a strong interest in the future of global multilateralism.

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy Needs to Focus More on India
September 24, 2021

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy Needs to Focus More on India

By Sana Hashmi
Five years into the NSP, it’s time to elevate India on Taiwan’s diplomatic agenda.

Revitalizing US Diplomatic Engagement With Central Asia 
September 24, 2021

Revitalizing US Diplomatic Engagement With Central Asia 

By Richard E. Hoagland and Michael S. Repass
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan underscores the need for an enhanced diplomatic approach to the region.
Bringing Clean Air to 4 Billion People in Asia
September 23, 2021

Bringing Clean Air to 4 Billion People in Asia

By Kaoru Akahoshi and Eric Zusman
To tackle air pollution, we need solutions that break down boundaries - between countries, regions, and diverse stakeholders.

UK-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership Paves Way to Potential Future Trade Accord
September 23, 2021

UK-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership Paves Way to Potential Future Trade Accord

By Andrew Hood and Bob Savic
Since its exit from the European Union, London has moved swiftly to deepen its relationship with a fast-growing region.
China, Wolf Warrior Diplomacy and Taiwan
September 21, 2021

China, Wolf Warrior Diplomacy and Taiwan

By KODA Yoji
Beijing’s recalcitrance is ultimately going to be unsustainable.

The US Should Support South Korea’s Nuclear Submarine Aspirations
September 20, 2021

The US Should Support South Korea’s Nuclear Submarine Aspirations

By Jihoon Yu and Erik French
After offering SSNs to Australia, it’s time to extend similar support to South Korea.

How Asia Can Achieve a Just Energy Transition in a Post-COVID World
September 17, 2021

How Asia Can Achieve a Just Energy Transition in a Post-COVID World

By Nithi Nesadurai and Hang Dao
A just transition to renewable energy is not just good for the environment, it’s great for the economy, too.

Pakistan’s Shameful Glee at the Taliban’s Rise
September 17, 2021

Pakistan’s Shameful Glee at the Taliban’s Rise

By Mohsin Dawar
An elected representative of North Waziristan urges the Pakistani government to confront the reality of what the Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan will mean for Pakistan. 
19 Months Into the Pandemic, China Is Still Shutting Out US Students
September 16, 2021

19 Months Into the Pandemic, China Is Still Shutting Out US Students

By Ethan McAndrews, Anthony Edwards, and Hannah Sorenson
Beijing’s lack of foreign student reciprocity poses a major threat to the long-term future of the China-U.S. relationship.

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