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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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Ukraine’s Road to Asia
April 30, 2020

Ukraine’s Road to Asia

By Dmytro Kuleba
Ukraine will prioritize the Asia-Pacific in its foreign policy.
COVID-19 and Risk Analysis: Look Beyond the Black Swan Talk
April 30, 2020

COVID-19 and Risk Analysis: Look Beyond the Black Swan Talk

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The focus on “black swan” terminology detracts from the argument’s more sobering realities for risk analysis and prediction.

Bangladesh Is Suppressing Free Speech During the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 29, 2020

Bangladesh Is Suppressing Free Speech During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By AKM Wahiduzzaman
The crackdown on dissent during the crisis is part of a larger pattern from the Awami League government.

Kim Jong Un Death Rumors Expose Washington’s Lacking Diplomacy and Strategy
April 29, 2020

Kim Jong Un Death Rumors Expose Washington’s Lacking Diplomacy and Strategy

By Bonnie Kristian
Whatever Kim Jong Un’s health status, the United States needs to correct course on North Korea policy.

China’s Investment in Africa Cannot Buy the Silence of a Continent
April 28, 2020

China’s Investment in Africa Cannot Buy the Silence of a Continent

By Deprose Muchena
“Among the general public in Africa, scenes of discrimination from Guangzhou prompted fury on a scale I have not witnessed before.”
The Worst Threat to Philippine Maritime Security
April 28, 2020

The Worst Threat to Philippine Maritime Security

By Ellaine Joy Sanidad
The biggest problem starts with the Philippine government itself.

Bangladesh Must Protect the Rights of Rohingya Muslims Stranded at Sea
April 27, 2020

Bangladesh Must Protect the Rights of Rohingya Muslims Stranded at Sea

By Tasnim Nazeer
The coronavirus pandemic cannot be used as an excuse for a policy that forces Rohingyas to face death sea.
SOS Rohingya: Desperate Refugees Adrift
April 25, 2020

SOS Rohingya: Desperate Refugees Adrift

By Christopher Paul Catrambone
Search and rescue is a moral imperative. We can’t just look away.

Countering China’s Technonationalism
April 24, 2020

Countering China’s Technonationalism

By Martijn Rasser
A new approach is needed if today’s leaders are to maintain their primacy in cutting-edge technology.

‘Quarantined to Starvation’: A Bangladeshi Sex Worker’s Struggles Amid the COVID-19 Lockdown
April 24, 2020

‘Quarantined to Starvation’: A Bangladeshi Sex Worker’s Struggles Amid the COVID-19 Lockdown

By Maliha
A Bangladeshi sex worker fears for herself and her family without the prospect of work during the lockdown.

COVID-19 and a New Direction for Asian Integration
April 23, 2020

COVID-19 and a New Direction for Asian Integration

By Mie Oba
The crisis should prompt a change in thinking.
Wang Quanzhang and China’s ‘Non-Release Release’
April 23, 2020

Wang Quanzhang and China’s ‘Non-Release Release’

By Jerome A. Cohen
Wang, a rights lawyer, was released from prison on April 5. So why hasn't he been allowed to go home?

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