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Panorama 01/2018: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Political ChangePanorama 01/2018: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Political Change by

In recent years, domestic politics in both Europe and Asia have arguably become less predictable and prone to sudden, unexpected changes. Although domestic volatility is not a new phenomenon in either region, contemporary drivers are analogous and may be a reflection of a new era, with significant implications for both domestic and foreign policies. In this issue, the authors reflect on contemporary changes in the domestic political architectures in both Europe and Asia and analyse causes, drivers, and impacts in order to get a better understanding of political renewal.

Managing Change: Urban Heritage And Community Development In Historic Asian CitiesManaging Change: Urban Heritage And Community Development In Historic Asian Cities by Widodo, Johannes; Nikhil Joshi Et Al (Eds.)

Part 1 of this volume consists of five chapters that examine broader issues of conservation principles and approaches in historic cities of Asia. The contributions discuss various perspectives ranging from critiques of current conservation policies regarding local heritage conservation to recent trends of rapid and unplanned development of historic quarters in Asian cities. The case studies in Part 2 of this volume contextualise current debates on the role of community engagement to conserve historic urban quarters and examine diverse contexts across Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Philippines. All five chapters are about real-world projects where the authors were actively involved in various roles - as facilitators, professional advisers, community leaders and coordinators, and activists. Why does local heritage matter to communities? The contributions explored the fundamental reasons for this question and argued that heritage mean more than just mere identity, continuity and accumulated layers of memories.

King Cobra: Natural History And Captive ManagementKing Cobra: Natural History And Captive Management by Charlton, Tom

The king cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world, is widely distributed across much of tropical and subtropical Asia. Its generic name Ophiophagus ('snake-eater') is indicative of its cannibalistic tendencies; its diet is comprised almost exclusively of snakes, including its own kind. It is widely considered as one of the most formidable snakes in the world. This book, profusely illustrated with excellent photographs from a number of very talented photographers, details the natural history of the king cobra, looking closely at all aspects of its life including distribution, diet, reproduction and venom, as well as its relationship with humans and conservation. The author also provides notes on the captive management of the king cobra, drawing on his experience of maintaining and breeding this species for a number of years.

Lady Tankerville's Legacy: A Historical And Monographic Review Of Phaius And GastrorchisLady Tankerville's Legacy: A Historical And Monographic Review Of Phaius And Gastrorchis by Stone, Judi; Philip Cribb

Phaius are spectacular terrestrial orchids, widespread from tropical and subtropical Asia, Australasia, Madagascar and Africa. The genus comprises just over 40 species and used to include the endemic Madagascan genus Gastrorchis which has nine known species. For historical reasons and because they have frequently been artificially hybridized, both genera are covered in this monograph. They have a fascinating history: Phaius tankervilleae was the first tropical orchid to be grown and flowered in England some 250 years ago. It certainly stimulated interest in the growing of exotic orchids that took off spectacularly in the following century as tropical plants flowed into Europe and once growers had established the appropriate cultural conditions for them. This book introduces many showy and little known species to the reader and will, no doubt, stimulate interest in them and their attractive and easy-to-grow hybrids.

Heart & Soul Cooking: A Sentimental Culinary JourneyHeart & Soul Cooking: A Sentimental Culinary Journey by Meyer, Rosalind Sharbanee

Rosalind Sharbanee Meyer, author of Rosie’s War and Flowers of My Life, shares her favourite dishes and family memories in this delicious collection of recipes. Heart and Soul Cooking mirrors the journey of Rosalind and her family from the Middle East to Bombay, Singapore, Australia and London. It covers many cuisines including Jewish dishes steeped in tradition, wonderful spicy Indian curries, authentic Asian appetisers, classic English treats and Australian dinner party favourites. Heart and Soul Cooking is Rosalind’s tribute to the wonderful women cooks who formed the heart and soul of her family.

Pathology & Genetics Of Head And Neck TumoursPathology & Genetics Of Head And Neck Tumours by Barnes, Leon; John Eveson Et Al.

Pathology and Genetics of Head and Neck Tumours is the latest volume in the new WHO series on histological and genetic typing of human tumours. This authoritative, concise reference book provides an international standard for pathologists and oncologists and will serve as an indispensable guide for use in the design of studies monitoring response to therapy and clinical outcome. Diagnostic criteria, pathological features, and associated genetic alterations are described in a strictly disease-oriented manner. Sections on all WHO-recognized neoplasms and their variants include new ICD-O codes, incidence, age and sex distribution, location, clinical signs and symptoms, pathology, genetics, and predictive factors.

Who International Standard Terminologies On Traditional Medicine In The Western Pacific RegionWho International Standard Terminologies On Traditional Medicine In The Western Pacific Region by

This book has been prepared in an effort to address the pressing need for a common language, i.e. international standard terminology and technical terms to be used in traditional medicine. The number of commonly used terms in traditional medicine is estimated to be more than 4000, most of which are included in this book, which is designed for use by students and clinical practitioners and researchers in the Western Pacific Region. This terminology will also be useful to assist Member States in the region in developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on traditional medicine.

Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks As Agents Of Cultural And Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style In East Asia, Ca. 645-770Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks As Agents Of Cultural And Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style In East Asia, Ca. 645-770 by Wong, Dorothy C.

The period ca. 645-770 marked an extraordinary era in the development of East Asian Buddhism and Buddhist art. Increased contacts between China and regions to both its west and east facilitated exchanges and the circulation of ideas, practices and art forms, giving rise to a synthetic art style uniform in both iconography and formal characteristics. The formulation of this new Buddhist art style occurred in China in the latter part of the seventh century, and from there it became widely disseminated and copied throughout East Asia, and to some extent in Central Asia, in the eighth century. This book argues that notions of Buddhist kingship and theory of the Buddhist state formed the underpinnings of Buddhist states experimented in China and Japan from the late seventh to the mid-eighth century, providing the religio-political ideals that were given visual expression in this International Buddhist Art Style. The volume also argues that Buddhist pilgrim-monks were among the key agents in the transmission of these ideals, the visual language of state Buddhism was spread, circulated, adopted and transformed in faraway lands, it transcended cultural and geographical boundaries and became cosmopolitan.

Playing In Luxury: South And Southeast Asia's Top Family Hotels by Rai, Mandira

Playing of Luxury, a high end, hardcover, exquisitely illustrated coffee table book is intended to serve as a pictorial guide to some of the most luxurious family-friendly hotels/resorts in Asia (South and South East) that welcome both adults and kids alike. Whether it be world-renowned names or hidden gems (the book has both), this book proves that luxury travel and families are not mutually exclusive. This beautiful piece of art to adorn coffee tables would double as a handy guide for the travelling family that is used to luxury. From bed to pool slides to horse riding over waves on the beach; pirate cruises in the open seas to kids' clubs your little ones never want to leave; private butlers that teach your kids to learn to ride a bicycle to free for all chocolate rooms; adult only pools to private islands parents can picnic at; these hotels have them all and you need to see them now!

Asian Waters: The Struggle Over The Asai-Pacific And The Strategy Of Chinese ExpansionAsian Waters: The Struggle Over The Asai-Pacific And The Strategy Of Chinese Expansion by Hawksley, Humphrey

Few territories are as hotly contested as the western Pacific Ocean. Across the 1.5 million square mile expanse of the East and South China Sea, six countries lay overlapping claims that date back centuries. BBC foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley has been following this increasingly precarious situation in East Asia for decades. Reporting on years of political developments, he has witnessed China's rise to become one of the world's most powerful trade entities, elbowing smaller markets out in the process. In Asian Waters, Hawksley draws on his experience as a veteran journalist to portray the region in all its complexity and delivers a compelling account of where it is heading. Will China continue to rise to power peacefully or will its ambition prompt a new world war? Will Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan create a multi-lateral alliance similar to NATO to pre-empt further encroachment? Asian Waters delves into these topics and more as Hawksley presents the most comprehensive analysis of the region to date.

Panorama 02/2017: Security Architectures Under Threat - The Status Of Multilateral ForaPanorama 02/2017: Security Architectures Under Threat - The Status Of Multilateral Fora by

In this issue of Panorama: Insights into Asian and European Affairs, the authors discuss the current security challenges in the realm of the new global security landscape. Based on analyses of the different threats and dynamics, the papers look at ways to strengthen cooperative security arrangements. They argue that such collaborative initiatives are ultimately the most promising avenues to contain the transnational insecurities and build trust in order to develop a regional security architecture that will ensure regional stability and peace.

Kandy Esala Perahera: A Photographic JourneyKandy Esala Perahera: A Photographic Journey by Nadija Weeraratne (Photos)

The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This labour of love by Nadija Weeraratne is a compilation of beautiful photographs of the pageant taken over a period of eleven years.

20 Years Of Can Asians Think? Commemorative Edition20 Years Of Can Asians Think? Commemorative Edition by Mahbubani, Kishore

It has been 20 years since Kishore Mahbubani first took the bold step of asking the politically incorrect question, "Can Asians think?" His collection of essays has stood the test of time, continuing to resonate with both Asian and Western minds alike over two decades and four editions of the book. This 20th-anniversary edition provides an opportunity for all Asians, from East Asia to West Asia, from Central Asia to Southeast Asia, to reflect on how remarkable these past two decades - from 1998 to 2018 - have been for Asian history. As Asia's recent experience shows, and as this volume documents, Asians can think. Perhaps the time has finally come for Western thinkers to learn from Asian thinking.

Promoting Green Local Currency Bonds For Infrastructure Development In Asean+3Promoting Green Local Currency Bonds For Infrastructure Development In Asean+3 by Asian Development Bank

ASEAN+3 policy makers are exploring options to promote green local currency-denominated bonds to meet the region's infrastructure development needs. The Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN+3 are looking to explore options to promote green local currency-denominated bonds to meet the region's infrastructure development needs. Green bonds - supported within the ASEAN+3 framework - would help meet the long-term financing of the region especially in its transition to a low-carbon region. This publication highlights an assessment study of green bond markets in ASEAN+3, identifies the barriers to green bond market development, and proposes recommendations to scale up green bond markets for infrastructure development in ASEAN+3.

Carec Road Safety Engineering Manual 2: Safer Road WorksCarec Road Safety Engineering Manual 2: Safer Road Works by Asian Development Bank

Road authorities in CAREC countries are encouraged to include road safety as an integral part of the planning, design, and operation of all road worksites under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program. This manual explains how to provide safer road worksites on CAREC roads. It explains good practices for roadwork sites, offering clear and simple guidance for CAREC road authorities to use to improve road safety at these sites for road users and workers alike. It offers information about the six-zone process, how to plan and implement a traffic management plan, and how to manage a safe worksite. This manual is essential reading for project managers, designers, supervision consultants, contractors, works supervisors and others who have a responsibility for safe worksites.

Carec Road Safety Engineering Manual 1: Road Safety AuditCarec Road Safety Engineering Manual 1: Road Safety Audit by Asian Development Bank

CAREC countries has committed to road safety as a key objective in implementing road projects. The road safety audit process will be an integral part of the planning, design, and construction of road projects within the CAREC region. This manual also explains the road safety audit process as it can apply in CAREC road projects. It provides information about the audit process for those who undertake the audits (practitioners) and for those who manage the audit process (policy makers).

Asia Bond Monitor – March 2018Asia Bond Monitor – March 2018 by Asian Development Bank

The Asia Bond Monitor reviews recent developments in East Asian local currency bond markets along with the outlook, risks, and policy options. It covers the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus the People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; and the Republic of Korea. This issue of the Asia Bond Monitor includes two special discussion boxes. Box 1 discusses the short-term and long-term effects of global monetary policy normalization and the resultant tighter global liquidity in financial markets in the region. Box 2 discusses the effects of tighter global liquidity on financial stability in the region. It highlights the implications of rising interest rates on the region's private debt that accumulated during the low global interest rate environment, and the impacts on the region's aggregate demand and economic growth.

Gender Equality And Social Inclusion Assessment Of The Energy Sector: Enhancing Social SustainabiGender Equality And Social Inclusion Assessment Of The Energy Sector: Enhancing Social Sustainabi by Asian Development Bank

This study seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of gender equality and social inclusion issues of the energy sector in Nepal and recommends measures to ensure energy access to all. In Nepal, deeply embedded structural conditions determined by gender, caste or ethnicity, religion, language, and even geography have made access to and benefits from energy resources highly uneven. This study is an attempt to understand the factors affecting the outcomes and extent to which the initiatives have fostered gender equality and social inclusion. The study recommends measures to facilitate the distributive impact of energy sector development if Nepal is to meet its target of ensuring energy access to all.

Compendium Of Best Practices In Road Asset ManagementCompendium Of Best Practices In Road Asset Management by Asian Development Bank

Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program member countries share best practices in road asset management, which aims to optimize economic benefits by minimizing maintenance and road user costs. This compendium presents the best practices for the introduction and development of road asset management based on a desk review of the experiences in the 11 member countries of the Program. his compendium also provides a general introduction to the concept of road asset management and presents an overview of its status in each CAREC country.

Dhaka Water Services Turnaround, TheDhaka Water Services Turnaround, The by Asian Development Bank

This publication features an ADB project that turned around an urban water utility in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and offers a good example for other similar utilities in South Asia. ADB's investment program in the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority provided a breakthrough in approaching urban development, particularly the delivery of clean, reliable, affordable water and to the poor, no less. This publication looks at the key success factors that other utilities are taking note of: The zonal approach to rehabilitating and managing urban water services, trenchless technology for expeditiously laying pipes, and how to connect the urban poor - and keeping them connected - through community-managed approaches.