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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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How Kashmir Fits Into a Dangerous Global Tide of Nationalism
August 09, 2019

How Kashmir Fits Into a Dangerous Global Tide of Nationalism

By Lionel Beehner
The unilateral way in which India changed Jammu and Kashmir’s status does not auger well for future peace.
The Case for Boycotting Beijing 2022
August 08, 2019

The Case for Boycotting Beijing 2022

By Evan Karlik
The mass internment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang merits a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Remembering Sushma Swaraj: An Indian Woman Leader for the Ages
August 08, 2019

Remembering Sushma Swaraj: An Indian Woman Leader for the Ages

By Akshobh Giridharadas
India’s most recent foreign minister will be remembered fondly.

How Should Canada Approach Its China Problem?
August 07, 2019

How Should Canada Approach Its China Problem?

By Richard Shimooka
The Meng Wanzhou affair is a wake-up call: Canada needs to get serious about the China challenge.

Nuon Chea: Remembering the Legacy of the Khmer Rouge’s Chief Ideologue
August 06, 2019

Nuon Chea: Remembering the Legacy of the Khmer Rouge’s Chief Ideologue

By Luke Hunt
The death of one of the genocidal regime’s remaining leaders has once again highlighted a dark chapter in Cambodia’s past.
Kim Jong Un Turns Up the Pressure on the United States
August 05, 2019

Kim Jong Un Turns Up the Pressure on the United States

By Ankit Panda
Kim Jong-un’s strategy suggests United States has a choice: change stance, or talks will go nowhere.

How Beijing and Others Weaponized Interpol and the Magnitsky Act
August 02, 2019

How Beijing and Others Weaponized Interpol and the Magnitsky Act

By Rob Edens
How can institutions like Interpol cope with manipulation by authoritarian regimes?
What’s Next for the South China Sea?
August 01, 2019

What’s Next for the South China Sea?

By Wu Shicun
Destabilizing headwinds risk overturning the general trend toward peace and stability in the South China Sea.

Is the Greater Bay Area China’s Future?
July 31, 2019

Is the Greater Bay Area China’s Future?

By Dingding Chen and Tiffany Chen
It’s possible, but both opportunities and challenges remain in coming years

Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge: Between Justice and Memory
July 30, 2019

Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge: Between Justice and Memory

By Luke Hunt
While justice remains elusive, efforts to document what occurred during the period offer more encouragement.  

The Dark Year Since Cambodia’s 2018 Election
July 29, 2019

The Dark Year Since Cambodia’s 2018 Election

By Mu Sochua
The year since the controversial poll brought growing repression at home and further isolation abroad.
China’s Disregard for Vietnamese Sovereignty Leaves the Region Worse Off
July 28, 2019

China’s Disregard for Vietnamese Sovereignty Leaves the Region Worse Off

By Ankit Panda
China shows it prefers a region where “might makes right.”

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