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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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Bhasan Char and Refugee ‘Warehousing’
February 08, 2022

Bhasan Char and Refugee ‘Warehousing’

By Hanh Nguyen and Themba Lewis
Bangladesh’s relocation of Rohingya refugees has disturbing parallels to offshore detention of refugees elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region.
India Needs to Get Serious About the Crisis in Myanmar
February 04, 2022

India Needs to Get Serious About the Crisis in Myanmar

By Gautam Mukhopadhaya
The political landscape in the country has shifted. New Delhi now needs to adjust its own approach.

Catholicism’s Overlooked Importance in Asia
February 04, 2022

Catholicism’s Overlooked Importance in Asia

By Bernardo Brown and Michel Chambon
Catholicism – whether embraced or rejected – has played a crucial role in defining identity in Asia.

Cambodia Needs to Increase the Transparency of Key Infrastructure Projects
February 02, 2022

Cambodia Needs to Increase the Transparency of Key Infrastructure Projects

By Chen Heang
The Tatay River Hydropower Dam in southwestern Cambodia has become a case study in how not to do things.

Beijing 2022 Is the Death Knell of the Olympic Charter
February 02, 2022

Beijing 2022 Is the Death Knell of the Olympic Charter

By Omer Kanat
If genocide is no longer a red line, then what good is the Olympic Charter’s commitment to “the preservation of human dignity”?
Biden Must Recalibrate Policy on North Korea
February 01, 2022

Biden Must Recalibrate Policy on North Korea

By Mitch Shin
North Korea is not testing missiles in a bid to entice the U.S. into talks. Pyongyang is honing its missile arsenal as a goal in and of itself.

The Yearlong Failure to Protect Myanmar’s People and What to Do Now
February 01, 2022

The Yearlong Failure to Protect Myanmar’s People and What to Do Now

By Savita Pawnday and Liam Scott
There is much more the world can do to help the people of Myanmar in their struggle against the military dictatorship.
The Difference Between Ukraine and Taiwan
January 31, 2022

The Difference Between Ukraine and Taiwan

By Francis P. Sempa
The arguments that U.S. credibility on Taiwan hinges on Ukraine is the latest version of the discredited domino theory.

Why the Paris Peace Agreements Deserve a Place in Cambodia’s National Calendar
January 31, 2022

Why the Paris Peace Agreements Deserve a Place in Cambodia’s National Calendar

By Courtney Weatherby and William M. Wise
The landmark accords played an important role in enabling an end to decades of conflict.

How Realpolitik 2.0 Can Prevent a Global Conflict
January 28, 2022

How Realpolitik 2.0 Can Prevent a Global Conflict

By Liam Gibson and Erich Elkins
Proponents of a rules-based order can learn much from the pragmatic policies pursued by West German leaders during the Cold War.

Taiwan Provides Powerful Lessons on Democratic Resilience
January 27, 2022

Taiwan Provides Powerful Lessons on Democratic Resilience

By Zoe Leung and Alan H. Yang
The future of democracy hinges on inclusive partnerships among like-minded democracies and stakeholders. 
Barbados’ New Republic: A Win for China?
January 27, 2022

Barbados’ New Republic: A Win for China?

By Judith Mwai and Lauren Ashmore
Centering Barbados’ decision to end ties with the British monarchy around China only underscores the problem: The U.K.'s lack of interest in Barbados and similar countries.

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