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Rising China, Resilient Japan, Resourceful AseanRising China, Resilient Japan, Resourceful Asean by Ngeow Chow-Bing; Kuik Cheng-Chee

The late Professor Lee Poh Ping had an active and distinguished scholarly career in Malaysia spanning at least five decades. His academic interests included studies of the ethnic Chinese communities in Malaya/Malaysia and Singapore, their historical and contemporary relations with China, Japan-Southeast Asia relations, Malaysia's politics and foreign policy, and international relations in the Asia-Pacific. This book is a collection of some of Lee's popular commentary writings and some of the more serious, but still accessible to the reading public, academic articles, on these issues.

Regime Resilience In Malaysia And SingaporeRegime Resilience In Malaysia And Singapore by Lopez, Greg; Bridget Welsh

Prominent scholars across the political divide and academic disciplines analyse how the dominant political parties in Malaysia and Singapore, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and the People's Action Party (PAP), have stayed in power. With a focus on developments in the last decade and the tenures of Prime Ministers Najib Tun Razak and Lee Hsien Loong, the authors offer a range of explanations for how these regimes have remained politically resilient.

Diplomatically Speaking: Dispatches From The Best Democracy We Never HadDiplomatically Speaking: Dispatches From The Best Democracy We Never Had by Ignatius, Dennis J.

A career diplomat, Dennis Ignatius served in London, Beijing and Washington before being appointed Malaysia's Ambassador to Chile. He was subsequently appointed Ambassador to Argentina and then High Commissioner to Canada. Upon his retirement from the foreign service, he took to writing on politics and international affairs as a columnist for a major national daily. He now writes regularly for independent news portals and has been interviewed on current affairs by local and foreign media. His main areas of interest are democracy, human rights and foreign policy.

UnapologeticUnapologetic by Boo Su-Lyn

Unapologetic is Boo Su-Lyn's bold vision for how Malaysians can build a nation of equals. While young Malaysia continues to search for her identity, Boo sets out some ideas on how we can make the land prosperous, not by avoiding uncomfortable truths, but by confronting them together and giving up all of our selfish privileges for the good of the nation. Unapologetic outlines Boo's plans if she were Prime Minister and contains several new essays, besides her columns at Malay Mail on various issues from sex and marriage to race, religion and democracy. Full of optimism, Unapologetic inspires a spark of hope for a radically new and brilliant future.

Dreaming Of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners SpeakDreaming Of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak by Hashim, Norma

Dreaming of Freedom places Israel's military detention of Palestinian children in its full context, shedding insight onto the Israel occupation and the Palestinian resistance to it - as well as the lives of children who grow up in an environment filled with heavily-armed soldiers, walls and tanks. It contains first-hand testimonies by Palestinian children enduring the horrors of Israeli prison cells - beatings, torture, humiliation and violations, with no accountability whatsoever.

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.

China's RoadChina's Road by Li Hongyan; Gong Yun; Song Qifa

China Road uses more than 400 precious historical pictures, coupled with authoritative and accurate textual explanations, to visually display major historical events that have taken place in every historical period in China since the Opium War. These fully reflect the Chinese people's efforts in various kinds of explorations and struggles to achieve national rejuvenation and make the country prosperous and strong.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #10: Ge14: Will Urban Malays Support Pakatan Harapan?Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #10: Ge14: Will Urban Malays Support Pakatan Harapan? by Wan Saiful Wan Jan

In Malaysia's last general election, urban voters tended to support the opposition coalition. However, most of these seats have a mixed demography, with a high percentage of ethnic Chinese voters. In the upcoming general election, Pakatan has a good chance of winning the federal government if Malay voters join their Chinese counterparts in supporting the opposition coalition. A subsequent so-called "Malay tsunami" could lead to a Pakatan victory. This present study, which is based on a series of focus group discussions held in the Malaysian states of Kedah and Johor, finds that urban Malay voters are very unhappy with the economic condition of the country and are also worried about corruption. But despite their grouses, they are still uncertain about supporting the opposition coalition due to the fear of losing the race-based privileges they enjoy as ethnic Malays.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #09: Malaysia's General Elections 2018: Understanding The Rural VoteTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #09: Malaysia's General Elections 2018: Understanding The Rural Vote by Serina Rahman

This study was carried out in Johor and Kedah through a combination of focus groups, formal and informal interviews and long-term ethnographic participant observation. The study shows that the rural vote is not homogeneous; views and perceptions that could lead to electoral action differs between regions, ages and genders. Daily survival and rising costs of living are the key common issues that were raised across all regions. The importance of Malay rights and the priority of Islam are also important to the rural voter. Younger voters might be open to the idea of a new government, but they need to overcome community and family pressure to break away from generational practices of voting for Barisan Nasional. Some rural voters feel that they gain no benefits from having either side of the political divide in power. While these voters generally do not see the point of voting, a last-minute decision to vote may go the way of the party that provides them with immediate gains.

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.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #08: The Rise And Decline Of Labour Militancy In BatamTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #08: The Rise And Decline Of Labour Militancy In Batam by Lane, Max

Over the past two decades, trade union activity in Batam has been heavily influenced by regional demographics, employment conditions and the prevalent political scenario. Following the end of the New Order in 1998, the single state-authorized union was fragmented, giving rise to a number of new enterprise unions. Batam's young and diverse immigrant population, with no pre-existing loyalties to particular trade unions, made it a hotspot for industrial relations activities. After intervention by the Widodo government, and the signing of a harmony declaration, there has been a change in the unions' approach in demanding wages and conditions improvement. While there are no visible signs of a confrontational mobilization in the near future, a number of worker welfare issues remain unsettled.

Southeast Asian Affairs 2018Southeast Asian Affairs 2018 by Cook, Malcolm; Daljit Singh (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.

Review Of Configuration Of The Greater Mekong Subregion Economic CorridorsReview Of Configuration Of The Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors by Asian Development Bank

This review recommends possible extension and/or realignment of economic corridors to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency in advancing economic integration in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The economic corridor approach was adopted by the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries in 1998 to help accelerate subregional development. The development of economic corridors links production, trade, and infrastructure within a specific geographic area. The review of these corridors was conducted to take into account the opening up of Myanmar and ensure that there is a close match between corridor routes and trade flows; GMS capitals and major urban centers are connected to each other; and the corridors are linked with maritime gateways. The review came up with recommendations for possible extension and/or realignment of the corridors, and adoption of a classification system for corridor development.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #07: Chinese Capitalism And Economic Integration In Southeast AsiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #07: Chinese Capitalism And Economic Integration In Southeast Asia by Yos Santasombat

China's rise exerts a powerful pull on ASEAN economies and constitutes an impetus for a resinicization of Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. China has become a skilled practitioner of "commercial diplomacy", and as long as it continues to lead the way in regional integration, China's state-led capitalism will seek to integrate itself into the ASEAN Economic Community. This in effect becomes China's essential strategy of desecuritization for the region. As China rises, Southeast Asia has witnessed increased complexity and variations of "hybrid capitalism", including alliances between state-led capitalism, transnational entrepreneurs emanating from China's "going out" policy and ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia. Three main forms of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia are neoliberal capitalism, flexible capitalism and Confucian capitalism. These intermingle into a range of local varieties under different socio-economic conditions.

Vietnam's Foreign Policy Under Doi MoiVietnam's Foreign Policy Under Doi Moi by Le Hong Hiep & Anton Tsvetov (Eds.)

In 1986, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) adopted the Doi Moi (Renovation) policy at its sixth national congress, opening up a new chapter in the country's modern history. Under Doi Moi, Vietnam has undergone significant socio-economic, political and foreign policy reforms that have transformed the country in many meaningful ways. This edited volume aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the multiple aspects and transformations of Vietnam's foreign policy over the past thirty years. As the most informative, updated and comprehensive volume on Vietnam's foreign policy under Doi Moi, the book is a useful reference source for academics, policymakers, students as well as anyone interested in contemporary Vietnam in general and its foreign policy in particular.

Age Of Anger: A History Of The PresentAge Of Anger: A History Of The Present by Pankaj Mishra

How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world today? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century before leading us to the present. He shows that as the world became modern, those who were unable to enjoy its promises - of freedom, stability, and prosperity - were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. The many who came late to this new world - or were left, or pushed, behind - reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: with intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence. It was from among the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the nineteenth century arose - angry young men who became cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally. Today, just as then, the wide embrace of mass politics and technology and the pursuit of wealth and individualism have cast many more billions adrift in a demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity - with the same terrible results.

China's Great Wall Of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, And The End Of The Chinese MiracleChina's Great Wall Of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, And The End Of The Chinese Miracle by Mcmahon, Dinny

A stunning inside look at how and why the Chinese economy is barreling towards disaster and the impact its collapse would have on the rest of the world. China's Great Wall of Debt is a penetrating examination of the country's opaque financial system and the complex factors - demographic shifts; urbanization; industrialization; a pervasive over-reliance on debt-fueled investments - that have brought the country to the brink of crisis. Anchored by stories of China's cities and its people; from factory workers and displaced farmers to government officials and entrepreneurs, the narrative will take readers inside the country's ghost cities, zombie companies, start-ups, and regulatory institutions as McMahon explains how things got so bad, why fixing the problems is so hard, and what the economic outlook means for China and for the rest of us.

Indonesia's Changing Political Economy: Governing The RoadsIndonesia's Changing Political Economy: Governing The Roads by Davidson, James S.

Indonesia is Southeast Asia's largest economy and freest democracy yet vested interests and local politics serve as formidable obstacles to infrastructure reform. In this critical analysis of the politics inhibiting infrastructure investment, Jamie S. Davidson utilizes evidence from his research, press reports and rarely used consultancy studies to challenge mainstream explanations for low investment rates and the sluggish adoption of liberalizing reforms. He argues that obstacles have less to do with weak formal institutions and low fiscal capacities of the state than with entrenched, rent-seeking interests, misaligned central-local government relations, and state-society struggles over land. Using a political-sociological approach, Davidson demonstrates that 'getting the politics right' matters as much as getting the prices right or putting the proper institutional safeguards in place for infrastructure development. This innovative account and its conclusions will be of interest to students and scholars of Southeast Asia and policymakers of infrastructure investment and economic growth.

Everyday Political Economy Of Southeast Asia, TheEveryday Political Economy Of Southeast Asia, The by Elias, Juanita; Lena Rethel

In this empirically rich collection of essays, a team of leading international scholars explore the way that economic transformation is sustained and challenged by everyday practices across Southeast Asia. Drawing together a body of interdisciplinary scholarship, the authors explore how the emergence of more marketized forms of economic policy-making in Southeast Asia impacts everyday life. The book's twelve chapters address topics such as domestic migration, trade union politics in Myanmar, mining in the Philippines, halal food in Singapore, Islamic finance in Malaysia, education reform in Indonesia, street vending in Malaysia, regional migration between Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia, and Southeast Asian domestic workers in Hong Kong. This collection not only enhances understandings of the everyday political economies at work in specific Southeast Asian sites, but makes a major theoretical contribution to the development of an everyday political economy approach in which perspectives from developing economies and non-Western actors are taken seriously.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #06: Reconciling Economic And Environmental Imperatives In BatamTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #06: Reconciling Economic And Environmental Imperatives In Batam by Lee Poh Onn

Batam's economic transformation has been accompanied by a marked degradation of its natural environment. Enforcement to protect the environment has often been inadequate on many fronts, exacerbated by population increases. Though regulations exist for the provision of public amenities like wastewater and sewerage treatment, existing facilities are run-down and ill-equipped to cope with the present demands. The capacity of reservoirs to meet the present demand for water is also strained because of the large population base, with illegal intrusion and squatters further threatening supplies. Economic and environmental imperatives can be reconciled if more emphasis and resources are put into enforcing regulations and protecting the environment.