When The Party Ends: China's Leaps And Stumbles After The Beijing Olympics by Peh Shing Huei
Peh Shing Huei's provocative book captures his harrowing, humbling and sometimes hilarious experiences in China when he was China bureau chief from The Straits Times. It is a colorful and insightful look at a key pivot in Chinese history: the end of the 35-year boom period that began in the late 1970s, and the start of a new, trickier phase in China's evolution.
Assessing China's Impact On Poverty In The Greater Mekong Subregion by Hossein Jalilian (Ed.)
China along with India is increasingly challenging the traditional economic hegemony. An issue of great importance is how this shift in the global economic balance of power will affect developing economies and the transition economies of the Greater Mekong Subregion, which are located in China's backyard and deeply integrated into its economy through regional supply chains. This volume examines the relationship between transition economies and the rise of China.
Negotiating Autonomy In Greater China: Hong Kong And Its Sovereign Before And After 1997 by Yep, Ray
Local autonomy is a complex and often contentious issue in many countries, not least because the situation often involves a process of continuous (re)negotiation. Moreover, the actual power relationship is defined not only by legal permissibility but also by such other factors as varying political perceptions, economic interests and previous encounters between the centre and periphery. This volume demonstrates that Hong Kong is a good illustration of the intricacies of the dynamic relationship in a Chinese context. The territory has a long history of pursuing its own path, both in colonial times and since 1997. With essays spanning both periods, the volume offers an understanding of the mind-set and actions of both Beijing and Hong Kong in pursuing their goals. It also provides a nuanced framework for evaluating central - local interaction in general.
Third Industrial Revolution, The: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, The Economy And The World by Rifkin, Jeremy
A third Industrial Revolution? This a thought-provoking exploration of trends and possibilities which could be fostered to bring about a new economic era when green energy, produced in homes, will be made productive. An energy Internet is envisaged as enabling a New Collaborative Age. The widely published and influential author shows how all this is much more than just a pipe dream. With references and index.
Being Malay In Indonesia: Histories, Hopes And Citizenship In The Riau Archipelago by Long, Nicholas J.
In 1999, the people of Indonesia's Riau Archipelago were angry. Resentful of decades of "internal colonialism" by Mainland Sumatra, and concerned that they lacked the education and skills to flourish in a globalised world, they dreamed of inhabiting a province of their own. When the post-authoritarian state committed itself to democracy and local autonomy, they lobbied vigorously and successfully for the region to be returned to its "native" Malay residents. Riau Islands Province was born in 2004. This book explores what happened next.
Living in a new province created "for Malays" forced Riau Islanders to engage with thorny questions over what it meant to be Malay and how to achieve the official goal of becoming globally competitive "human resources". Putting nuanced ethnographic observations of life in the islands into a provocative dialogue with theorists ranging from Zizek to Sartre, this book explains how feelings of unsettledness and doubt came to permeate the province as a result of its very creation. Offering fresh perspectives on commerce, spirit beliefs, education, and culture, Being Malay in Indonesia challenges much of the received wisdom in the anthropology of Southeast Asia and makes a powerful case for the importance of feelings, sentiments and affect in studies of local development and political change.
Interactions With A Violent Past: Reading, Post-Conflict Landscapes In Cambodia Laos, And Vietnam by Vatthana Pholsena & Oliver Tappe (Eds.)
The Second and Third Indochina Wars are the subject of important ongoing scholarship, but there has been little research on the lasting impact of wartime violence on local societies and populations, in Vietnam as well as in Laos and Cambodia. Today's Lao, Vietnamese and Cambodian landscapes bear the imprint of competing violent ideologies and their perilous material manifestations. From battlefields and massively bombed terrain to reeducation camps and resettled villages, the past lingers on in the physical environment. The nine essays in this volume discuss post-conflict landscapes as contested spaces imbued with memory-work conveying differing interpretations of the recent past, expressed through material (even, monumental) objects, ritual performances, and oral narratives (or silences).
While Cambodian, Lao and Vietnamese landscapes are filled with tenacious traces of a violent past, creating an unsolicited and malevolent sense of place among their inhabitants, they can in turn be transformed by actions of resilient and resourceful local communities.
Xin Jia Po Xuan Ze Le Li Guangyao by
The series consists of nine volumes, presenting Mr Lee Kuan Yew's illustrious career of over 60 years from different perspectives, such as nation building, diplomacy, family and friendship, and personal health. The volumes together enable readers to understand the history of modern Singapore and get an intimate sense of Lee as an intelligent and resolute statesman, a good friend and colleague, and a caring husband and father.
Lee Kuan Yew: A Life In Pictures by
The many dimensions of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's (b. 1923) formal and informal life are newly presented in this major volume of photographs and snapshots drawn from official records, newspaper columns, and family albums. They show both famed and forgotten aspects of Lee Kuan Yew's 90 years of multi-dimensioned life and experience and convey the personal character, style and achievements of this major builder of contemporary Singapore and international political figure. The informal dynamics of his family life and relaxed interests are seen in a new way and the happy companionship and support of the late Mrs Lee is made apparent. Bilingual in Chinese. Index.
State And Uncivil Society In Thailand At The Temple Of Preah Vihear by Pawakapan, Puangthong R.
Since it began in 2008, the dispute over the temple of Preah Vihear and its adjacent area has envenomed Thai-Cambodian relations. Puangthong R. Pawakapan argues that initially Thai-Cambodian cooperation on the temple had begun within the framework of Thailand's strategy to become a regional economic centre and leader. It was the first time in Southeast Asia that two formerly antagonistic states were employing cultural methods to settle a territorial dispute and turned it into a symbol of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. But the ultra-nationalist movement derailed this essay in cooperation. Instead, the temple became a symbol of hatred between the two countries. The ultra-nationalists' success has to be attributed to the support it enjoyed from various civic groups and institutions.
Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years In Malaysia by Welsh, Bridget; James U. H. Chin (Eds.)
Whether and how Tun Abdullah Badawi's 2003-2008 premiership of Malaysia changed the country's political landscape is explored by 38 thoughtful Malaysian and non-Malaysian academics, politicians, journalists and others. To many, the "Pak Lah" years were a disappointment; others think his constructive work has been ignored or denigrated. The introduction overviews the course of Abdullah Badawi's life and period office. This is followed by an insightful interview witih Pak Lah himself. The ensuing papers and interviews assess the period from different domestic points of view, explore the socio-economic dynamics and obstacles of those years and then four writers look at the foreign policy and outreach dimension of Tun Abdullah's period of office. Plenty of food here for thought.
Singapore, Asean And The Cambodian Conflict 1978-1991 by Ang Cheng Guan
This important study of the shifting diplomatic efforts around the response to and resolution of the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia is based on the records of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, a key player in the complex diplomacy in the region at the end of the Cold War. The study provides a detailed account of the policies and decision-making of Singapore, as well as the diplomatic maneuverings of the other major parties and powers involved in the Cambodian conflict. It details one member country's input into the process of defining and developing a collective ASEAN position, a process which was formative for future diplomatic efforts by the regional grouping. Ang makes use of a variety of sources contemporary to the period under study, as well as records which have become available post-1991. The use of detailed records from one of the Southeast Asian players is a first for the study of the region's diplomacy. The book describes Singapore's role and illustrate how Singapore's management of the Cambodian issue was shaped by the fundamentals of Singapore's foreign policy. The account also reveals the dynamics of intra-ASEAN relations, as well as ASEAN's foreign relations in the context of the Cambodia problem.
Every Nation For Itself: What Happens When No One Leads The World by Bremmer, Ian
A world order in which no single country or durable alliance of countries can meet the challenges of global leadership. What happens when the G20 doesn't work and the G7 is history. For the first time in seven decades, there is no single power or alliance of powers ready to take on the challenges of global leadership. Acclaimed geopolitical analyst Ian Bremmer argues that this leadership vacuum is here to stay, as power is regionalized instead of globalized. Now that so many challenges transcend borders--from the stability of the global economy and climate change to cyber-attacks and terrorism--the need for international cooperation has never been greater.
Breakout Nations: In Pursuit Of The Next Economic Miracles by Ruchir, Sharma
In this bestselling critique of conventional wisdom, writer and Morgan Stanley investor Ruchir Sharma draws on two decades spent touring the globe to offer insights into the world's most interesting emerging markets. Sharma reveals his rules for spotting success stories and lays out a compelling argument for where the future will happen. A new chapter written for this paperback edition explains what this means for rich nations of the West and whether we may be about to see an American economic renaissance.
Political Change In Southeast Asia by Bertrand, Jacques
The diversity of the half-billion people of the 11 countries of Southeast Asia is of course incalculable. This dense, concise volume brings together political systems of Southeast Asia (not Brunei). The final chapter discusses and compares the region's basic economic, structural and politico-ideological trends, and also highlights some of the political features which seem to distinguish Southeast Asia from other regions. With tables, bibliography and index.
Malaysia & Singapore: The Land Reclamation Case - From Dispute To Settlement by Cheong Koon Hean, Tommy Koh & Lionel Yee
This book tells the story of Singapore's first experience of defending its legal rights before an international tribunal, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
Wealth And Power: China's Long March To The Twenty-First Century by Schell, Orville; John Delury
Here China's tortured path from its 19th-century decline to its 21st century emergence as a world superpower is reflected in the lives and roles played by 12 of the major figures in these two centuries of China's long history. This accessibly-written study shows how the goal of wealth and power for China was common factor in the writings, speeches and lives of this very diverse group of now-iconic political and intellectual people. Included are: the scholar Wei Yuan, the Empress Dowager, Sun Yat Sen, Chiang Kai Shek, Mao, Deng Xiaoping, and Liu Xiaobo. Bibliography, black-and-white illustrations and index.
Conjunctures And Continuities In Southeast Asian Politics by Ganesan, N. (Ed.)
In their evolution of political structures and life, countries often undergo significant conjunctures, major events that reorder political structures and norms. The examination of such conjunctures offers an important methodological framework to uncover and document changes that have significantly altered the political template of a country. This collection of case studies examines the critical conjunctures that have affected the countries of Southeast Asia in recent decades. Each chapter traces the antecedent conditions prior to the event, describes the changes brought about by the conjuncture, and details the lasting legacy.
David And Goliath: Under Dogs, Misfits And The Art Of Battling Giants by Gladwell, Malcolm
Why do underdogs succeed so much more than they should? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey to uncover the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty. From the conflicts in Northern Ireland and Vietnam, through the tactics of civil rights leaders and the problem of privilege, Gladwell demonstrates how terribly we misunderstand the true meaning of advantage and disadvantage. Drawing on the stories of remarkable underdogs, history, science, psychology and his unparalleled ability to make the connections other miss, David and Goliath is a brilliant, illuminating book that overturns conventional thinking, and brings home the incredible leverage of the unexpected.
Asean Economic Community Scorecard: Performance And Perception by Sanchita Basu Das (Ed.)
During the 13th ASEAN Summit in November 2007, ASEAN Leaders endorsed the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint, which laid the foundation of creating a "single market and production base" among the ten Southeast Asian economies. Soon after that, ASEAN faced great uncertainties in the light of the 2008 global financial crisis and continues to remain cautious in the face of the ongoing global economic weakness. Despite this, the region is forging ahead with its commitment to carry out economic liberalization and cooperation as stipulated in the AEC Blueprint. The official AEC scorecard, published in March 2012, stated that ASEAN had achieved 68.2 per cent of its targets for the 2008-11 period.
The official AEC scorecard is expected to track the implementation of measures and the achievement of milestones committed in the AEC Strategic Schedule. However, the scorecard, in its current form, is too brief and general to be useful for the ASEAN citizens. This book attempts to fill this gap and evaluates the current status of and the progress towards the milestones of the AEC Blueprint. The overall message of the book is that even though ASEAN may miss some of its integration goals by 31 December 2015, it will certainly deliver some of the key initiatives - tariff elimination, establishing the ASEAN Single Window, laying the foundation of the regional investment initiative, advancing tourism services, moving ahead with ASEAN connectivity and the realization of ASEAN +1 free trade agreements. AEC's goal of forming an equitable and competitive regional economy will continue to be a work in progress. AEC 2015 is going to be a historic milestone that will raise ASEAN's profile and will help the region to maintain its centrality in the international community.
Southeast Asian Affairs 2013 by Singh, Daljit (Ed.)
The 2013 40th edition of the annual Southeast Asian Affairs published by ISEAS presents four exploratory papers on Regional issues: an overview of Southeast Asia, "Divided or Together?"; Southeast Asian Economic Trends; Southeast Asia in the re-balancing policies of the United States; and Chinese Perspectives on the US role in Southeast Asia. One or two specialist papers on aspects of the political economy of each of the ten ASEAN nations then offer a wide range of up-to-date information and thoughtful assessmens of the Regions's very varied nexus of politico-economic diversity.