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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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An Early Warning Missed: The Uyghur Genocide and the 27th Anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre 

An Early Warning Missed: The Uyghur Genocide and the 27th Anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre 

By Omer Kanat
Accountability, justice, and remediation for the massacre have long eluded the victims. Uyghurs have wrestled with a difficult question: Why didn’t the world react? 
How Indonesia Can Win the Global Race on Critical Minerals

How Indonesia Can Win the Global Race on Critical Minerals

By Brurce Mecca and Azhania N. Siswadi
The country has taken the first steps, but needs a more comprehensive strategy for capitalizing on its abundant natural resource endowment.

To Prevent an AI Apocalypse, the World Needs to Work With China

To Prevent an AI Apocalypse, the World Needs to Work With China

By Jason Zhou, Kwan Yee Ng , and Brian Tse
China has the desire, foundation, and expertise to work with the global society on mitigating catastrophic risks from advanced AI.

3 Years Since Myanmar’s Coup, Stronger Global Action Is Needed

3 Years Since Myanmar’s Coup, Stronger Global Action Is Needed

By Shayna Bauchner
The 2022 U.N. Security Council resolution has not become the hoped-for on-ramp to stronger action, but rather the feeble peak of council activity on a country in harrowing crisis.

Three Years After the Myanmar Coup, Women Human Rights Defenders Remain at the Forefront

Three Years After the Myanmar Coup, Women Human Rights Defenders Remain at the Forefront

By Naw Hser Hser and Maggi Quadrini
Many women activists and revolutionaries are working to ensure that the fall of the military will also lead to a revolution in gender equality.
Securing China-US Relations Within the Wider Asia-Pacific

Securing China-US Relations Within the Wider Asia-Pacific

By Sourabh Gupta
The United States and China must craft a durable consensus that prioritizes regional stability and coexistence.

How India Betrayed Mahatma Gandhi

How India Betrayed Mahatma Gandhi

By Safa Ahmed
The ideology of Gandhi’s assassin is now mainstream in the country, while Gandhi himself has been demonized for promoting Hindu-Muslim unity. 
Engaging With the Taliban Doesn’t Work

Engaging With the Taliban Doesn’t Work

By Lauryn Oates
Observers urging engagement with the Taliban should take direction from those on the ground, who are directly impacted by the Taliban’s discriminatory policies. 

What Voice Will We Give to Australia’s Future?

What Voice Will We Give to Australia’s Future?

By Lisa Jackson-Pulver
The wellbeing of our nation should be at the forefront of our minds right now – and we need to get the history right.

Mending Pakistan’s Ties With the West – Via the Middle East

Mending Pakistan’s Ties With the West – Via the Middle East

By Syed Abdul Ahad Waseem
Pakistan’s relevance in the Middle East theater is natural, and it is about time that Pakistan leverages that relevance to alleviate its isolation.

A First-hand Run-in With Pakistan’s Dangerous Blasphemy Obsession

A First-hand Run-in With Pakistan’s Dangerous Blasphemy Obsession

By Fizza Abbas
A public altercation over a shawl made me confront the blasphemy laws of Pakistan head-on.
Apple Must Clean up Its Polluting Supply Chain – Starting With Foxconn

Apple Must Clean up Its Polluting Supply Chain – Starting With Foxconn

By Xueying Wu
Apple likes to brand itself as a climate hero, but one of its largest suppliers is a laggard on renewable energy – despite the many green options in China.

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