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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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India’s Domestic Troubles Are the Greatest Problem for Its Foreign Policy
January 08, 2020

India’s Domestic Troubles Are the Greatest Problem for Its Foreign Policy

By Manasi Pritam
The Narendra Modi government’s brutal approach to India’s domestic affairs has cast a long shadow on Indian diplomatic achievements built over decades.  
How the Philippine Government Gets the Concept of ‘Intervention’ Wrong
January 08, 2020

How the Philippine Government Gets the Concept of ‘Intervention’ Wrong

By Gemmo Fernandez
Yes, international law proscribes interference in domestic affairs. But the human rights criticisms of the Duterte administration don’t rise to that level.

USMC’s Futenma Replacement Facility in Okinawa Delayed – For How Long?
January 04, 2020

USMC’s Futenma Replacement Facility in Okinawa Delayed – For How Long?

By C. Douglas Lummis
Yet more delays for the controversial facility as local opposition continues unabated.

The Morrison Government’s Spin Addiction
January 03, 2020

The Morrison Government’s Spin Addiction

By Henry Storey
From climate change to international relations, Australia’s prime minister seems to value optics over substance.

Is US Congress Making Life Harder for Hong Kong Protesters in 2020?
January 01, 2020

Is US Congress Making Life Harder for Hong Kong Protesters in 2020?

By Richard Hanania
Sympathy for Hong Kong's young protesters is understandable, but trying to use economic sanctions to force change will backfire.
Don’t Close the US-Funded American University of Afghanistan
January 01, 2020

Don’t Close the US-Funded American University of Afghanistan

By Ahmadullah Azadani
Washington’s commitment to supporting the institution is vital for its students and all of Afghanistan.

(Dis)integrating Muslims, Dismantling India
December 30, 2019

(Dis)integrating Muslims, Dismantling India

By Muqtedar Khan
India, where Muslims have been at home for more than a millennium, is trying its hardest to alienate, disenfranchise, and disintegrate them.
What Australian Media Gets Wrong About China
December 25, 2019

What Australian Media Gets Wrong About China

By Yuan Jiang
In 2019, China’s image in Australian media outlets took a noticeable turn for the worse.

2019 Was a Dark Year for Civic Freedoms in Asia
December 24, 2019

2019 Was a Dark Year for Civic Freedoms in Asia

By Josef Benedict
In Asia, 95 percent of people live in countries that violate political and democratic freedoms.

After the Junaid Hafeez Verdict, Time to Face the Truth About Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law
December 24, 2019

After the Junaid Hafeez Verdict, Time to Face the Truth About Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Pakistan’s blasphemy law needs to be sentenced to death -- not so-called 'blasphemers.'

Can Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas Walk the Talk on Hambantota?
December 23, 2019

Can Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas Walk the Talk on Hambantota?

By Ankit Panda
The deal by the previous government to hand over control to a Chinese firm was seen as a cautionary tale on the dangers of ‘debt trap’ diplomacy.
Reflections 70 Years After Leaving China for the US
December 21, 2019

Reflections 70 Years After Leaving China for the US

By Chi Wang
A story of seven decades of changes in each country and in their bilateral relationship.

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