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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.

US-Singapore Relations, 1965-1975: Strategic Non-Alignment In The Cold WarUS-Singapore Relations, 1965-1975: Strategic Non-Alignment In The Cold War by Chua Wei Boon, Daniel

At the height of the Cold War in Southeast Asia, the foreign relations between the United States and Singapore demonstrated the interplay between America's strategy of containment and Singapore's efforts at a non-aligned foreign policy. But there is a deeper story. American involvement in the Vietnam War not only held back the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, but also catalysed economic and strategic cooperation between the United States and Singapore. The author argues that Singapore might not have achieved its success so rapidly without the support of the US. By considering the importance of the US's role in Singapore's nation-building, this book provides an important supplement to the well-trodden narrative that attributes Singapore's success to good governance.

Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism And State Capitalism In SingaporeLiberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism And State Capitalism In Singapore by Chua Beng Huat

In Liberalism Disavowed, Chua Beng Huat examines the rejection of Western-style liberalism in Singapore and the way the People's Action Party has forged an independent non-Western ideology. This book explains the evolution of this communitarian ideology, with focus on three areas: public housing, multiracialism and state capitalism, each of which poses different challenges to liberal approaches. With the passing of the first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew and the end of the Cold War, the party is facing greater challenges from an educated populace that demands greater voice. This has led to liberalization of the cultural sphere, greater responsiveness and shifts in political rhetoric, but all without disrupting the continuing hegemony of the PAP in government.

Mee Siam Mai Hum: Some Of The Darnedest Things Our Politicians SayMee Siam Mai Hum: Some Of The Darnedest Things Our Politicians Say by Wee, Edmund (Ed.)

Mee Siam Mai Hum is the first-ever published compilation of the most memorable quotes uttered by Singapore's politicians. Collected over several years, the quotes accompany witty illustrations by Jackie Goh of The Fingersmith Letterpress. You will find verbal gaffes, stretched analogies, shockers and mind-bogglers that have created news headlines and stirred up the cybersphere.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #04: The Emergence Of Pork Barrel Politics In Parliamentary MyanmarTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #04: The Emergence Of Pork Barrel Politics In Parliamentary Myanmar by Egreteau, Renaud

In 2014 Myanmar introduced a constituency development fund to sponsor small public works and development projects in each of the country's 330 electoral constituencies. As a form of "pork-barrel" spending, CDF programmes have long remained controversial among international donors, anti-corruption agencies and civil society watchdogs for their potential for corruption, embezzlement, waste of public money, vote-buying and other clientelistic behaviours. The CDF has however emerged in as an extremely popular instrument for lawmakers, in offering new opportunities for meeting the basic infrastructure and development needs of local communities. The scheme has also fostered more frequent interactions among parliamentarians, local bureaucrats, and citizens. Mechanisms for vetting and monitoring the CDF projects seem also to have grown stronger each year.

Dialog: Thoughts On Tunku's Timeless ThinkingDialog: Thoughts On Tunku's Timeless Thinking by

DIALOG is a major new anthology of Tunku Abdul Rahman's enduring wit and wisdom, and the response of contemporary Malaysians to it. From politicians to rappers, from young and old, from actors to academics, Tunku's thoughts, ideas and values continue to resonate, fascinate and illuminate. The book features: more than 20 individual essays in response to Tunku's quotes; previously untold anecdotes and recollections, plus rare and unseen photos; dozens of original illustrations by The One Academy, a leading art & design college; specially-composed tribute lyrics to Tunku by Altimet; a spice portrait of Tunku, made of spices used by all major Malaysian races; and the views of Malaysians aged 5 to 90 on Tunku's continuing relevance to Malaysia's future.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #03: Johor's Forest City Faces Critical ChallengesTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #03: Johor's Forest City Faces Critical Challenges by Serina Rahman

The Forest City project in Johor, Malaysia is part of a larger plan to elevate Johor to development success, similar to Shenzhen's evolution from Hong Kong's backwaters to being a modern metropolis. However the project was embroiled in controversy from the beginning. Sudden capital controls imposed by China on its citizens in early 2017 put a spanner in the works. Middle-class Chinese struggling to afford homes in China's big cities were Forest City's prime clientele and the new regulations preventing the transfer of funds for property purchase and the use of credit cards for investment transactions have brought future sales and the completion of signed commitments into question. Forest City will now have to focus on other markets in order to meet its sales targets. While the project has its merits, the economic benefits might be overstated as a number of socio-economic and environmental impacts have not been fully taken into account.

Reversal Of Verdict: Anwar Ibrahim Goes Back To PrisonReversal Of Verdict: Anwar Ibrahim Goes Back To Prison by Pawancheek Marican

In the 2013 General Election Anwar Ibrahim led Malaysia's opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, to win, for the first time, the majority of the popular vote, though not the majority of the parliamentary seats. Less than two years later, Anwar Ibrahim was incarcerated in Sungai Buloh prison on the charge of sodomy, the second time that he was convicted and imprisoned for such a similar offence since his sacking as Deputy Prime Minister in 1998. However, that first conviction was dismissed by the Federal Court in 2004. Lawyer and long-time commentator on Anwar's legal battles, Pawancheek Marican, explains the various appeals and applications for review to the country's highest courts made by Anwar against his latest conviction which saw him go from a free man to a prisoner of the Malaysian state. Based upon court transcripts and interviews with key figures of Anwar's legal team, Reversal of Verdict exposes the failures of due process and of legal thinking endemic in the trial, as well as critically assesses Malaysia's judicial system in an era of political conflict.

Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians (New And Expanded Edition)Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians (New And Expanded Edition) by Anas Alam Faizli

Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians grew out of the author's search for enlightening answers to Malaysia's problems as well as his wishes and proposals for a better Malaysia. It is his attempt to bring pressure upon decision makers and policy specialists, as well as to create awareness amongst the public of the need for solutions to the problems plaguing the country.

Operation Nasi Kerabu: Finding Patani In An Islamic Insurgency (New Edition)Operation Nasi Kerabu: Finding Patani In An Islamic Insurgency (New Edition) by Zan Aslee

The news from Patani is like a movie: smoke, bombs, a near civil war. Yet just over our northern border, the people are Muslim, Bahasa-speaking, baju-wearing Malays, just like us. With this in mind, documentary-maker Zan Azlee set off to find the real Patani, trying to seperate the kedai kopi from the Humvees, the gunfights from the nasi kerabu. It's hard to make new friends and man a camera while looking over your shoulder for suicide bombers. But he was determined to ask the question: how do people live their lives in a warzone? With his resulting film banned for political reasons, this is Azlee's first chance to share what he found.

Singapore Is Not An Island: Views On Singapore Foreign PolicySingapore Is Not An Island: Views On Singapore Foreign Policy by Kausikan, Bilahari

This is a compilation of essays and public speeches by Bilahari Kausikan over the last 25 years. His is a frank and dispassionate assessment of the geopolitical realities to date, and the uncertainties that have emerged. It is for anyone interested to know about protecting Singapore's interests, nicely or otherwise, in a rapidly changing and complex world.

Sun Tyrant, The: A Nightmare Called North KoreaSun Tyrant, The: A Nightmare Called North Korea by Floru, Jp

When Londoner JP Floru tags along with three friends running the marathon in Pyongyang, little could have prepared him for what he witnessed. Shown by two minders what the regime wants them to see during their nine-day trip, the group is astounded when witnessing people bowing to their leaders' statues; being told not to take photos of the leaders' feet; and hearing the hushed reverence with which people recite the history invented by the regime to keep itself in power. Shocking and scary, The Sun Tyrant uncovers the oddities and tragedies at the heart of the world's most secretive regime, and shows what happens when a population is reduced to near-slavery in the twenty-first century.

1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On by Chng Suan Tze, Low Yit Leng & Teo Soh Lung (Eds.)

Survivors of Operation Spectrum-the alleged Marxist conspiracy-speak up in this volume. For many of them, this is the first time that they cast their minds back to 1987 and try to make sense of the incident. What they did in that period was meaningful and totally legitimate. Their families and friends share the same view. The detainees were subjected to ill-treatment, humiliation, and manipulated television appearances. Under duress, and threatened with indefinite imprisonment without trial, they had to make statutory declarations against their will.

Tunku: An Odyssey Of A Life Well-Lived And Well-LovedTunku: An Odyssey Of A Life Well-Lived And Well-Loved by Kobkua Suwannathat Pian

This book convincingly states that there is little doubt over the significant role played by Tunku Abdul Rahman in Malaysia's history. It offers a comprehensive account of Tunku's life, both personal and political. lt studies Tunku's life from his childhood, education and his eventful adulthood to his political ups and downs, his struggles as a private citizen and his enormous contributions to the nation, the Malays and lslam. It convincingly argues that, contrary to belief among certain quarters, it is the Tunku who not only defended but also installed the special position and privileges of the Malays as a fundamental criteria in the formation of the Federation of Malaya.

Diplomat-Scholar, The: A Biography Of Leon Ma. GuerreroDiplomat-Scholar, The: A Biography Of Leon Ma. Guerrero by Fernandez, Erwin S.

Leon Ma. Guerrero (1915-82), a top-notch writer and diplomat, served six Philippine presidents, beginning with President Manuel L. Quezon and ending with President Ferdinand E. Marcos. In this first full-length biography, Guerrero's varied career as writer and diplomat is highlighted from an amateur student editor and associate editor of a prestigious magazine to ambassador to different countries that reflected then the exciting directions of Philippine foreign policy. But did you know that he served as public prosecutor in the notorious Nalundasan murder case, involving the future Philippine president? Did you also know that during his stint as ambassador to the Court of Saint James he wrote his prize-winning biography of Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal? Learn more about him in this fully documented biography recounting with much detail from his correspondence the genesis and evolution of his thinking about the First Filipino, which is the apposite title of his magnum opus.

France And Singapore: Strategic Partners In A Fast-Changing WorldFrance And Singapore: Strategic Partners In A Fast-Changing World by Hollande, Francois

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 40th Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Fran?ois Hollande, President of the French Republic, on 27 March 2017 under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore.

Muddy Boots & Smart Suits: Researching Asia-Pacific AffairsMuddy Boots & Smart Suits: Researching Asia-Pacific Affairs by Farrelly, Nicholas; Amy King Et Al (Eds.)

From grassroots conflicts to great power relations, this book explores some of the key concepts, methodologies, and dilemmas of researching Asia-Pacific affairs. The book deals with key questions about the Asia Pacific: Why should we study policy from the ground up? What are the human considerations for societies in conflict? Why is regionalism important and how do global powers play a role? Should Asia-Pacific researchers embrace the design-based revolution in the social sciences? Muddy Boots and Smart Suits is for students, scholars, and policymakers in the region looking for a new way to understand local, regional, and global security challenges.

Changing Lives In Laos: Society, Politics And Culture In A Post-Socialist StateChanging Lives In Laos: Society, Politics And Culture In A Post-Socialist State by Boute, Vanina; Vatthana Pholsena (Eds.)

During the last two decades, Laos has undergone major transformations due to a massive influx of foreign investment. Improved communications and new forms of mobility have dramatically altered rural life. Changing Lives in Laos brings together contributions from young scholars that look closely at these transitions and the resulting rise of a new social, cultural, and economic order. The essays in this volume draw on original fieldwork and provide fresh analyses of topics such as the structures of power, the politics of territoriality, and new forms of sociability in emerging urban spaces.

China, The United States, And The Future Of Southeast Asia: Us-China Relations Volume IiChina, The United States, And The Future Of Southeast Asia: Us-China Relations Volume Ii by Denoon, David B. H.

Distinguished experts explain the economic trends and varied political goals at work in Southeast Asia. With China's emergence as a powerful entity in Southeast Asia, the region has become an unlikely site of conflict between two of the world's great powers. Covering topics such as the controversial response to human rights violations, the effects of global economic interconnectedness, and contested sovereignty over resource-rich islands, this volume provides a modern and nuanced perspective on the state of the region.For anyone interested in understanding the evolving global balance of power, China, the United States, and the Future of Southeast Asia illuminates how countries as different as Thailand and Indonesia see the growing competition between Beijing and Washington.

Southeast Asian Affairs 2017Southeast Asian Affairs 2017 by Daljit Singh & Malcolm Cook (Eds.)

Southeast Asian Affairs is a comprehensive annual review devoted to the international relations, politics, and economies of the region and its nation-states. The collected volumes of Southeast Asian Affairs have become a compendium documenting the dynamic evolution of regional and national developments in Southeast Asia from the end of the 'second' Vietnam War to the alarms and struggles of today. Over the years, the editors have drawn on the talents and expertise not only of ISEAS' own professional research staff and visiting fellows, but have also reached out to tap leading scholars and analysts elsewhere in Southeast and East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, North America, and Europe.