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Turkey-Singapore Relations: Building A Smart Strategic PartnershipTurkey-Singapore Relations: Building A Smart Strategic Partnership by Yildirim, Binali

The Singapore Lecture is designed to provide an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders of thought and knowledge to reach a wider audience in Singapore. The 41st Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Binali Yildirim, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, on 21 August 2017 under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore.

Regional Economic History Of Thailand, ARegional Economic History Of Thailand, A by Porphant Ouyyanont

This book presents an economic history of Bangkok, the Central Region, the North, the South, and Northeastern Regions from the signing of the Bowring Treaty in 1855 to the present. Most research has focused on Bangkok as the centre of change affecting other regions and has neglected other regions that had an influence on Bangkok. This book however looks at the changes not only in Bangkok, but also in the other regions, and emphasizes the ways in which Bangkok had an impact on the other regions, and how changes in the other regions affected Bangkok. It also looks, in turn, at each of the principal regions, and concentrate on the long-term economic and social changes and the various forces which promoted the changes.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #10: The Indonesia National Survey Project: Economy, Society And PoliticsTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #10: The Indonesia National Survey Project: Economy, Society And Politics by Fossati, Diego; Hui Yew-Foong Et Al

The ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute commissioned a nationwide survey in Indonesia, called the Indonesia National Survey Project to enhance understanding of economic, social, and political developments in Indonesia. Some key issues that have emerged during the Jakarta gubernatorial election, such as punishing blasphemy against Islam and voting a Muslim leader into office, receive significantly high support from respondents, suggesting that these issues have currency beyond Jakarta and the election. On the political front, state institutions, especially the Army, are more highly trusted than politicians. Key elements of Indonesia's political infrastructure, such as democracy, Pancasila, and decentralization are supported by an overwhelming majority of respondents.

Panorama 01/2017: Asean At 50 - A Look At Its External RelationsPanorama 01/2017: Asean At 50 - A Look At Its External Relations by

This issue of Panorama examines ASEAN's achievements on its 50th anniversary, the challenges it has overcome, the major impact of the ongoing changes in the regional strategic environment, and the prospects ahead. Special emphasis has been placed on ASEAN's relations with its dialogue partners and the regional security mechanisms it is leading. His Excellency Le Luong Minh, the current ASEAN Secretary-General, contributed the first chapter.

Minister Of Finance IncorporatedMinister Of Finance Incorporated by Gomez, Terence; T. Padmanabhan Et Al.

This is a study of Malaysia's new political economy, with a focus on ownership and control of the corporate sector. It offers a pioneering assessment of government-linked investment companies (GLICs), a type of state-owned institution that has long prevailed in the corporate sector but has not been analysed. Malaysia's history of government-business ties is unique, while the nature of the nexuses between the state and the corporate sector has undergone major transitions. Corporate power has shifted from the hands of foreign firms to the state to the ruling party, and well-connected businessmen, and back to the state. Corporate wealth is now heavily situated in the leading publicly-listed government-linked companies, controlled through block shareholdings by a mere seven GLICs under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Finance. To indicate why these GLICs are important actors in Corporate Malaysia, this study provides a deep assessment of their ownership and control of Bursa Malaysia's top 100 publicly-listed enterprises.

Capital Mobility In Asia: Causes And ConsequencesCapital Mobility In Asia: Causes And Consequences by Jongwanich, Juthathip

"Asia has benefitted greatly from its integration into the world economy. But globalization has its challenges, including those that are the subject of this excellent new study: how to manage the interface with global capital markets, especially in the current, highly unusual monetary policy settings in the major economies. Dr Juthathip Jongwanich has been researching these issues for several years. In this volume she writes with great authority, providing a comprehensively, succinct and accessible examination of the many complex issues. A must-read volume for policymakers and academics alike." - Hal Hill, H.W. Arndt Professor of Southeast Asian Economies, Australian National University

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #09: Parti Amanah Negara In Johor: Birth, Challenges And ProspectsTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #09: Parti Amanah Negara In Johor: Birth, Challenges And Prospects by Wan Saiful Wan Jan

In 2015, a new party called Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) was formed following the departure of progressive Islamists from the Parti Islam Se-Malaysia, leaving the latter to be a party dominated by conservative Islamists. Much of the groundwork for the formation of Amanah took place in Malaysia's southern state of Johor. Working in the Pakatan Harapan national opposition coalition, Amanah is eyeing for around a third of the state legislative assembly seats in Johor. It has potential in constituencies with mixed-ethnicity voter demographics. Johor PAS is badly affected by the crossing over of a sizeable portion of their active members and leaders to Amanah. In the next election, it is likely that PAS will be decimated in the state if it refuses to partner with any other mainstream parties.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #08: Rowing Against The Tide? Batam's Economic Fortunes In Today's IndonesiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #08: Rowing Against The Tide? Batam's Economic Fortunes In Today's Indonesia by Hutchinson, Francis E.

Despite its good infrastructure and proximity to Singapore, Batam's economic performance has taken a turn for the worse, with declining levels of foreign direct investment and exports. This volume examines the reasons for the decline and the recent measures taken, including reducing red tape, fighting corruption, and improving the islands' infrastructure.

Islam And Peacebuilding In The Asia PacificIslam And Peacebuilding In The Asia Pacific by Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman (Ed.)

This book provides a unique backdrop of how native or migrant Muslims interact with communities of other faiths have led to the contemporary treatment of Islam and the Muslim communities in these nations. It is based on the theme of Islam's presence and development in the Asia-Pacific region, and the concerns faced by Muslims in the region. Section 1 details the current status of peace or conflict between Muslims and practitioners of other faiths in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines, and the role of Muslim institutions in promoting peace in each nation. Section 2 features how Muslims living in cosmopolitan areas such as Australia, Indonesia and Japan engage with people of other faiths. Lastly, Section 3 explores the concerns with the interaction of the religion, state and society in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. A unique collection of the history of Islam in the region, Islam and Peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific seeks to provide valuable insight for the global policy community by offering a comprehensive treatment of the issues highlighted.

50 Years Of Asean And Singapore50 Years Of Asean And Singapore by Koh, Tommy; Sharon Seah Li-Lian; C. Li Lin (Eds.)

This volume brings together 50 essays written by Singaporeans who have played a part in the partnership between ASEAN and Singapore. The reader will be able to glean an insight into the workings of ASEAN and Singapore's contributions to ASEAN through the lens of diplomats, academics, civil society leaders and officials.

Vietnam's Communist Revolution: The Power And Limits Of IdeologyVietnam's Communist Revolution: The Power And Limits Of Ideology by Tuong Vu

By tracing the evolving worldview of Vietnamese communists over 80 years as they led Vietnam through wars, social revolution, and peaceful development, this book shows the depth and resilience of their commitment to the communist utopia in their foreign policy. Unearthing new material from Vietnamese archives and publications, this book challenges the conventional scholarship and the popular image of the Vietnamese revolution and the Vietnam War as being driven solely by patriotic inspirations. The revolution not only saw successes in defeating foreign intervention, but also failures in bringing peace and development to Vietnam. This was, and is, the real tragedy of Vietnam. Spanning the entire history of the Vietnamese revolution and its aftermath, this book examines its leaders' early rise to power, the tumult of three decades of war with France, the US, and China, and the stubborn legacies left behind which remain in Vietnam today.

Political Development Of Modern Thailand: And Ethnic Politics Shape Health PolicyPolitical Development Of Modern Thailand: And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy by Ferrara, Frederico

Based on extensive, empirical research, The Political Development of Modern Thailand analyses the country's political history from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Long known for political instability, Thailand was thrust into a deep state of crisis by a royalist military coup staged in 2006. Since then, conservative royalists have overthrown more elected governments after violent street protests, while equally disruptive demonstrations staged by supporters of electoral democracy were crushed by military force. Federico Ferrara traces the roots of the crisis to unresolved struggles regarding the content of Thailand's national identity, dating back to the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1932. He explains the conflict's re-intensification with reference to a growing chasm between the hierarchical worldview of Thailand's hegemonic 'royal nationalism' and the aspirations that millions of ordinary people have come to harbour as a result of modernisation.

Coalitions Of Well-Being: How Electoral Rules And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy In Developing CountriesCoalitions Of Well-Being: How Electoral Rules And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy In Developing Countries by Selway, Joel Sawat

Why do some developing countries have more efficient health systems and better health outcomes? Contrary to existing theory that posits the superiority of proportional representation (PR) rules on public-goods provision, this book argues that electoral rules function differently given the underlying ethnic structure. In countries with low ethnic salience, PR has the same positive effect as in past theories. In countries with high ethnic salience, the geographic distribution of ethnic groups further matters: where they are intermixed, PR rules are worse for health outcomes; where they are isolated, neither rule is superior. The case studies include Thailand, Mauritius, Malaysia, Botswana, Burma and Indonesia. The theory has broad implications for electoral rule design and suggests a middle ground in the debate between the Consociational and Centripetal schools of thought.

Democracy, Inequality And Corruption: Korea, Taiwan And The Philippines ComparedDemocracy, Inequality And Corruption: Korea, Taiwan And The Philippines Compared by You Jong-Sung

In this comparative, historical survey of three East-Asian democracies, Jong-sung You explores the correlation between inequality and corruption in the countries of South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines. Drawing on a wealth of rich empirical research, he illustrates the ways in which economic inequality can undermine democratic accountability, thereby increasing the risk of clientelism and capture. Transcending the scope of corruption research beyond economic growth, this book surveys why some countries, like the Philippines, have failed to curb corruption and develop, whilst others such as South Korea and Taiwan have been more successful. Taking into account factors such as the success and failure of land reform, variations in social structure, and industrial policy, Jong-sung You provides a sound example of how comparative analysis can be employed to identify causal direction and mechanisms in political science.

Role Of The Public Bureaucracy In Policy Implementation In Five Asean Countries, TheRole Of The Public Bureaucracy In Policy Implementation In Five Asean Countries, The by Quah, S. T. Jon

This pioneering book addresses an important gap in the literature by comparing the role of the public bureaucracies in policy implementation in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. It highlights the importance of the policy context, especially the commitment of the government in allocating the necessary resources and the support of the implementers, as well as the public bureaucracy's effectiveness, as the critical factors responsible for effective policy implementation. The comparative analysis shows that the public bureaucracies in Singapore and Malaysia are more effective in policy implementation than their counterparts in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam because of their favourable policy contexts and higher level of organizational effectiveness.

Political And Legal Transformations Of An Indonesian Polity: The Nagari From Colonisation To DecentralisationPolitical And Legal Transformations Of An Indonesian Polity: The Nagari From Colonisation To Decentralisation by Von Benda-Beckmann, Franz

Political and Legal Transformations of an Indonesian Polity is a long-term study of the historical transformations of the Minangkabau polity of nagari, property relations and the ever-changing dynamic relationships between Minangkabau matrilineal adat law, Islamic law and state law. While the focus is on the period since the fall of President Suharto in 1998, the book charts a long history of political and legal transformations before and after Indonesia's independence, in which the continuities are as notable as the changes. It also throws light on the transnational processes through which legal and political ideas spread and acquire new meanings. The multi-temporal historical approach adopted is also relevant to the more general discussions of the relationship between anthropology and history, the creation of customary law, identity construction, and the anthropology of colonialism.

Islam And Democracy In Indonesia: Tolerance Without LiberalismIslam And Democracy In Indonesia: Tolerance Without Liberalism by Menchik, Jeremy

Indonesia's Islamic organizations sustain the country's thriving civil society, democracy, and reputation for tolerance amid diversity. Yet scholars poorly understand how these organizations envision the accommodation of religious difference. What does tolerance mean to the world's largest Islamic organizations? What are the implications for democracy in Indonesia and the broader Muslim world? Jeremy Menchik argues that answering these questions requires decoupling tolerance from liberalism and investigating the historical and political conditions that engender democratic values. Drawing on archival documents, ethnographic observation, comparative political theory, and an original survey, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia demonstrates that Indonesia's Muslim leaders favor a democracy in which individual rights and group-differentiated rights converge within a system of legal pluralism, a vision at odds with American-style secular government but common in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Islamic Populism In Indonesia And The Middle EastIslamic Populism In Indonesia And The Middle East by Hadiz, Vedi R.

In a novel approach to the field of Islamic politics, this provocative new study compares the evolution of Islamic populism in Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, to the Middle East. Utilising approaches from historical sociology and political economy, Vedi R. Hadiz argues that competing strands of Islamic politics can be understood as the product of contemporary struggles over power, material resources and the result of conflict across a variety of social and historical contexts. Drawing from detailed case studies across the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the book engages with broader theoretical questions about political change in the context of socio-economic transformations and presents an innovative, comparative framework to shed new light on the diverse trajectories of Islamic politics in the modern world.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #06: Old Stereotypes, New Convictions: Pribumi Perceptions Of Ethnic Chinese In Indonesia TodayTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #06: Old Stereotypes, New Convictions: Pribumi Perceptions Of Ethnic Chinese In Indonesia Today by Herlijanto, Johanes

Despite improvements in the position of ethnic Chinese in the reformasi era, critical and negative perceptions of them persist among prominent pribumi personalities, particularly in recent years. At the same time, there are others, including politicians affiliated with pro-government political parties, high-ranking officials, leaders of NGOs sympathetic to President Jokowi, as well as advocates of multiculturalism (many of whom are scholars and Muslim leaders), who believe that Chinese Indonesians are first and foremost Indonesians. The evidence they cite to support this belief varies, from past heroic actions by ethnic Chinese to the identity constructs of Chinese Indonesians, which is usually based on Indonesia or some Indonesian region.

Lee Kuan Yew: One Man's View Of The WorldLee Kuan Yew: One Man's View Of The World by Lee Kuan Yew

With over 100,000 copies sold in hardcover since its publication in 2013, the geopolitical insights of Singapore's late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew are as trenchant and relevant as ever amid the societal and political upheavals of today. Now released in paperback, the book features a new postscript by The Straits Times editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang, reflecting upon the changes that have unfolded since Lee first made his incisive observations.