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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.

Microsoft Excel-Based Tool Kit For Planning Hybrid Energy Systems: A User GuideMicrosoft Excel-Based Tool Kit For Planning Hybrid Energy Systems: A User Guide by Asian Development Bank

This Microsoft Excel-based tool kit and user guide intends to support planning hybrid renewable energy systems based on experiences of pilot projects in ADB's South Asian developing member countries. ADB has implemented a regional technical assistance to develop small hybrid renewable energy systems that will provide reliable, adequate, and affordable energy for inclusive growth in Asian rural areas, and enable access to electricity and energy efficiency in remote rural locations and small isolated islands. A Microsoft Excel-based Tool Kit, prepared as part of knowledge development activities of the technical assistance, is intended to support planning hybrid renewable energy systems based on experiences of pilot projects in South Asian developing member countries.

Impact Evaluation Of Development Interventions: A Practical GuideImpact Evaluation Of Development Interventions: A Practical Guide by Asian Development Bank

This book offers guidance on the principles, methods, and practice of impact evaluation. It contains material for a range of audiences, from those who may use or manage impact evaluations to applied researchers. Impact evaluation is an empirical approach to estimating the causal effects of interventions, in terms of both magnitude and statistical significance. To help backstop more use of impact evaluation approaches, this book introduces core concepts, methods, and considerations for planning, designing, managing, and implementing impact evaluation, supplemented by examples. The topics covered range from impact evaluation purposes to basic principles, specific methodologies, and guidance on field implementation.

Future Carbon Fund: Delivering Co-Benefits For Sustainable DevelopmentFuture Carbon Fund: Delivering Co-Benefits For Sustainable Development by Asian Development Bank

Asia and the Pacific is home to more than 60% of the world's population and 62% of the global economic output. But the region still faces enormous development challenges and with economic growth, it has become a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This report reflects how Clean Development Mechanism projects supported by the Future Carbon Fund not only reduce GHG emissions but deliver social, environmental, and economic co-benefits contributing to sustainable development in the region. This report also presents qualitative and quantitative analysis of these co-benefits.

Records, Recoveries, Remnants And Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural HeritageRecords, Recoveries, Remnants And Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural Heritage by Anjana Sharma (Ed.)

This volume has at its conceptual core the inter-regional networks of Nalanda Mahavihara and its unique place in the Asian imaginary. The revival of Nalanda university in 2010 as a symbol of a shared inter-Asian heritage is this collection's core narrative. The multidisciplinary essays interrogate ways in which ideas, objects, texts, and travellers have shaped - and in turn have been shaped by - changing global politics and the historical imperative that underpins them. The question of what constitutes cultural authenticity and heritage valuation is inscribed from positions that support, negate, or reframe existing discourses with reference to Southeast and East Asia. The essays in this collection offer critical, scholarly, and nuanced views on the vexed questions of regional and inter-regional dynamics, of racial politics and their flattening hegemonic discourses in relation to the rich tangible and intangible heritage that defines an interconnected Asia.

Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics And InstitutionsFraming Asian Studies: Geopolitics And Institutions by Tzeng, Albert; William L. Richter Et Al (Eds.)

This book explores the interconnection between geopolitical context and the ways this context frames our knowledge about Asia, highlighting previously neglected cause-effect relations. It also examines how various knowledge institutions promote and shape Asian Studies. The authors seek to explain why Asian Studies and its subfields developed in the way they did, and what the implications of these transformations might be on intellectual and political understandings of Asia. The book not only builds on the current debates on the decolonization and de-imperialization of knowledge about Asia; it also proposes a more multifaceted view rather than just examining the impact of the West on the framing of Asian Studies.

Chinese Traditions & PracticesChinese Traditions & Practices by Yap, Joey

China has a long, rich history spanning centuries. Although many China's customs have survived to the present day, some have been all but forgotten: rendered obsolete by modern day technology. This book explores the history of Chinese traditions and cultural practices, their purpose, and the differences between the traditions of the past and their modern incarnations. If you are a westerner or less informed about Chinese culture, you may find this book particularly useful, especially when it comes to doing business with the Chinese - whether it be in China itself or some other country with a considerable Chinese population.

Asia Betrayed: How Churchill Sacrificed The Far East To Save EnglandAsia Betrayed: How Churchill Sacrificed The Far East To Save England by Smithback, John Bell

Did Winston Churchill lure Japan into attacking Pearl Harbour as a cynical ruse to pull the United States into the war against the Nazis to save England? Did he deliberately weaken the defences of Singapore and Hong Kong to convince the Japanese to jump? Did he even run a double spy to feed information to Tokyo? John Bell Smithback examines the evidence in a shocking new assessment of the origins and backstory of one of the turning points of the twentieth century-the Pacific War 1941 to 1945. He looks at Churchill's role in how Japan came to make one of the biggest strategic errors in history, and the horrific consequences for tens of millions of people across East Asia.

Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across AsiaBreast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across Asia by Chou, Cynthia; Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen (Eds.)

This volume presents conversations across Asia with breast cancer patients, their caregivers, doctors, traditional healers as well as just ordinary men and women-all on the subject of breast cancer meanings. Through the stories as told by local peoples in Asia about how they think and talk about breast cancer, as well as how they respond to the disease, insights on breast cancer meanings emerge. These offer new understandings into how local contexts shape those meanings and life courses-and hopefully will help medical practitioners devise new strategies to combat the disease.

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And ReinventionBuddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention by Nayanjot Lahiri & Upinder Singh (Eds)

The birth of Buddhism goes back to the sixth century BCE and, over the centuries, there has been considerable variety as well as considerable change in its doctrines, practices and propagation across the different parts of Asia. This volume showcases the expansion in the religion's contours and popularity in Asia in modern times. Focusing on India, Sri Lanka and China, the essays in the book highlight the cross-fertilization between Buddhism and contemporary discourses which makes the phenomenon of Buddhist revival in Asia unambiguously modern. This is a historically rich and readable volume which will interest general readers as well as students and scholars of history and of Buddhism.

Asian Management Insights, V.4(2): The Sustainability Edge - Driving Top-Line With Triple -Bottom-Line ThinkingAsian Management Insights, V.4(2): The Sustainability Edge - Driving Top-Line With Triple -Bottom-Line Thinking by Singapore Management University

Asian Management Insights aims to develop a body of knowledge and a narrative of innovation and creativity for trends in Asian management. It brings together some of the best and brightest of Asia's thought leaders and their solutions to address current Asian challenges.