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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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Critical Technologies and Great Power Competition
January 29, 2020

Critical Technologies and Great Power Competition

By Ankit Panda
Competing effectively with China will require tapping into innovation in critical technologies wherever it may appear.
Pakistan’s Crackdown on Pashtun Dissent Reflects Weakness, Not Strength
January 29, 2020

Pakistan’s Crackdown on Pashtun Dissent Reflects Weakness, Not Strength

By Farahnaz Ispahani
The inability of the Pakistani state to stomach Pashtun dissent reflects internal fragility.

Herd Behavior and Approval Bubbles: A Closer Look at Duterte’s Popularity
January 29, 2020

Herd Behavior and Approval Bubbles: A Closer Look at Duterte’s Popularity

By Ronald U. Mendoza and Tristan Canare
Net satisfaction ratings for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte keep increasing. There is growing evidence that fake news and herd behavior might be at play.

Indian Foreign Policy: Assessing the Agenda in 2020
January 28, 2020

Indian Foreign Policy: Assessing the Agenda in 2020

By Hemant Krishan Singh and Arun Sahgal
India may face a difficult year ahead, but Indian diplomacy is poised to succeed.

Indonesia’s Latest Natuna Islands Spat With China Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Southeast Asia
January 28, 2020

Indonesia’s Latest Natuna Islands Spat With China Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Southeast Asia

By Ankit Panda
It’s time for Southeast Asia to stand together against China – with Indonesia leading the way,
North Korea Has a New Foreign Minister, But That Doesn’t Mean a Change in Policy
January 28, 2020

North Korea Has a New Foreign Minister, But That Doesn’t Mean a Change in Policy

By Dan DePetris
North Korea has a new foreign minister, but don't expect a new denuclearization policy.

US-India: Shared Values and Shared Interests
January 27, 2020

US-India: Shared Values and Shared Interests

By Emily Ashbridge
To achieve shared interests, India must uphold shared values. 
States and Regions Can Help Build Australia’s Climate Change Resilience
January 24, 2020

States and Regions Can Help Build Australia’s Climate Change Resilience

By Tim Ash Vie
State and regional governments are increasingly stepping up their climate commitments where national governments are unable or unwilling to do so.

How Taiwan’s History Illuminates the 2020 Election
January 24, 2020

How Taiwan’s History Illuminates the 2020 Election

By Evan Dawley and Wayne Soon
Taiwan's democratic culture -- and ties to Hong Kong -- long predate the 21st century.

Peace in Afghanistan Must Not Ignore Afghan Voices
January 22, 2020

Peace in Afghanistan Must Not Ignore Afghan Voices

By Zaman Sultani
Peace in Afghanistan must be worthy of its name.

The Globalization of China’s Media Controls: Key Trends from 2019
January 21, 2020

The Globalization of China’s Media Controls: Key Trends from 2019

By Sarah Cook
The Chinese Communist Party’s international media influence campaign is expanding rapidly—and so is the world’s response.
Life Under Siege in Kashmir
January 21, 2020

Life Under Siege in Kashmir

By StoriesAsia
Kashmir remains an open air prison, leaving people with no control over their lives.

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