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Are We Protected? Malaysian Defence UncoveredAre We Protected? Malaysian Defence Uncovered by Lam Choong Wah

The majority of the Malaysian public are not interested in national defence. For those who are interested, they will face another problem - limited information. This book aims to provide general information on Malaysia's defence sector to the layman-majority of Malaysia. Aside from that, this book also aims to increase defence knowledge among the public, paving a way for the creation of a civil defence monitoring mechanism.

Panorama 01/2016: Refugees And Migration In Asia And EuropePanorama 01/2016: Refugees And Migration In Asia And Europe by Gorawantschy, Beatrice (Ed.)

This issue of Panorama examines recent refugee-related developments in Asia and Europe, including issues such as implications of refugee movements on societies, migratory flows in South Asia, the unprecedented influx of refugees into European countries, the impact of government policies, and the increasingly divisive social and political repercussions of migration, both regular and irregular.

Kerajaan: Malay Political Culture On The Eve Of Colonial RuleKerajaan: Malay Political Culture On The Eve Of Colonial Rule by Milner, Anthony (Ed.)

First published in 1982, this is a pioneering, provocative study of Malay political thought on the eve of colonial rule - based on both Malay and European source materials, and addressing issues that continue to be critical in Malaysia today. Focusing on both the Malay peninsula and North Sumatra, Kerajaan is innovative in approach - an historical investigation informed by methodologies developed in anthropology and literary criticism. The book argues that such close analyses of non-Western social thought are essential to achieve a genuinely global history, addressing the full variety of human perspectives and experience. In 2003 the US Association for Asian Studies selected Kerajaan as one of the 25 'works of major importance to historical studies' and 'most frequently cited in the literature' in the field of Southeast Asian history.

Singapore Perspectives 2015 - ChoicesSingapore Perspectives 2015 - Choices by Soon, Carol; Su Fern Hoe (Eds.)

The book is a collection of papers presented at Singapore Perspectives 2015 by leading thought leaders and eminent speakers, reflecting on the critical decisions made in Singapore's past so as to envision strategic paths that the country should take in the future. In line with reflecting on Singapore's past, the book will include a full report on a survey of 1,500 Singaporeans' perceptions of 50 historical events from independence to now.

Singapore-China Relations: 50 YearsSingapore-China Relations: 50 Years by Zheng Yongnian & Liang Fook Lye (Eds.)

Showcasing the substantive and multi-faceted Singapore-China relationship, this book examines the political, economic, socio-cultural, people-to-people and even military exchanges between the two countries. It also highlights flagship projects and other key private sector-led projects that have become hallmarks of bilateral cooperation. The book argues that the current level of cooperation is built on the earlier foundation laid by Lee Kuan Yew and Deng Xiaoping. Rather than simply provide an overview of bilateral relations, the book highlights the unique or distinguishing features of the Singapore-China relationship.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #11: The Red Shirts And Their Democratic Struggle In Northern Thailand, April 2010 To May 2015Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #11: The Red Shirts And Their Democratic Struggle In Northern Thailand, April 2010 To May 2015 by Tanet Charoenmuang

The political education of members of Thailand's Red Shirt movement took place through the electoral process, and through learning how political institutions and the judiciary could be systematically used to topple the elected government. The main sources of instruction were the Red Shirt TV programmes followed by Bangkok rallies. In the wake of the military ban on all political gatherings, only a few Red Shirt radio stations remained open, but their programming changed drastically from political broadcasts to social broadcasts. Red Shirt groups have transformed into social clubs and now organize social events that do not include political activities.

Conflict In Myanmar: War, Politics, ReligionConflict In Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion by Cheesman; Nick; Nicholas Farrelly

As Myanmar's military adjusts to life with its former opponents holding elected office, Conflict in Myanmar showcases innovative research by a rising generation of scholars, analysts and practitioners about the past five years of political transformation. Each of its seventeen chapters, from participants in the 2015 Myanmar Update conference held at the Australian National University, builds on theoretically informed, evidence-based research to grapple with significant questions about ongoing violence and political contention. The authors offer a variety of fresh views on the most intractable and controversial aspects of Myanmar's long-running civil wars, fractious politics and religious tensions.

Rethinking International Institutions: Diplomacy And Impact On Emerging World OrderRethinking International Institutions: Diplomacy And Impact On Emerging World Order by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Jan Melissen (Ed.)

This book analyses emerging trends and patterns in 21st-century world politics and re-examines international institutions, and the forms and practices of diplomacy. It addresses these changes from the perspectives of digital governance, setting up of new cooperation institutions such as the AIIB and the role of emerging powers in existing institutions like the G20. It also reflects on whether the existing institutions can be reformed or the new structures will be constructed in the way forward given the recent shift in world power. A case study of security fora in Asia in the current contested environment is also included in this book. The book chapters are selected from the papers presented at the 17th "Asia-Europe Think Tank Dialogue" in September 2015.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #10: Bipolarity And The Future Of The Security Order In East AsiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #10: Bipolarity And The Future Of The Security Order In East Asia by Tow, William T.

ASEAN is in danger of becoming marginalized as East Asian security becomes increasingly shaped by such volatile flashpoints as a nuclear North Korea and a South China Sea increasingly dominated by quarrels over sovereignty and maritime security. This book argues that the "realist" explanation for understanding security in the region is the most accurate forecast for understanding an East Asian security environment that is becoming increasingly disorderly. ASEAN can still play a constructive - if not central - role in shaping East Asia's strategic environment by working with China and the United States to strengthen confidence-building in regional security politics and to encourage their respect for strategic constraint.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #09: The Extensive Salafization Of Malaysian IslamTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #09: The Extensive Salafization Of Malaysian Islam by Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid

The form of Islam normatively understood and practised in Malaysia, i.e. Malaysian Islam, has undergone myriad changes since the 1970s as a result of gradual Salafization. Powered by Saudi Arabian largesse and buoyed by the advent of the Internet, this new wave of Salafization has eclipsed an earlier Salafi trend that spawned the Kaum Muda reformist movement. Salafization, referring to a process of mindset and attitudinal transformation rather than the growth of Salafi nodes per se, is not restricted to individuals or groups identified as "Salafi", but rather affects practically all levels of Malay-Muslim society, cutting across political parties, governmental institutions and non-state actors. It has resulted in Islamist, rather than Islamic, ideals increasingly defining the tenor of mainstream Islam in Malaysia, with worrying consequences for both intra-Muslim and inter-religious relations. Responses to the Wahhabi-Salafi onslaught from the Malay-Muslim ruling elite in Malaysia have been ambivalent, and have had weak counteracting effects on the Salafization process.

Association: A Part Of The World No Longer ApartAssociation: A Part Of The World No Longer Apart by Mohamed Bolkiah

Association describes one of the most exciting and inspiring episodes in modern political, economic and social history. It tells how a geographical location known as Southeast Asia, once reputed to be the most dangerous and unstable region on earth, has become the home of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian nations, and a much-admired symbol of regional and international cooperation. It is far more, however, than a political, economic and social history. It is a human story, at the heart of which is the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, a gathering of regional Foreign Ministers, whose members, ever since its founding, have placed the human agency ahead of all historical and ideological considerations. It is described through the eyes of its longest-serving member, one whose earliest mentors were the Association's Founding Fathers themselves. The book intertwines documentary, academic, artistic and graphic content in an overall tribute to the more than six hundred million people of Southeast Asia.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #08: Rural Thailand: Change And ContinuityTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #08: Rural Thailand: Change And Continuity by Porphant Ouyyanont

Despite rapid industrialization in Thailand, the contribution of agriculture to GDP remains unusually high. The share of agricultural employment in total employment has also remained high, relative to the country's income level, as has the share of the rural population relative to the total population. Agribusiness has grown significantly, and there has been a rise in the number of large and strongly financed commercial farms that are less labour intensive. Contract farming has also been developing. The introduction of a rice premium by the government obstructed the modernization of the agricultural rice sector and caused the rice share in GDP to steadily decline, while that for upland crops such as cassava, maize, sugarcane, and oil palm increased. However, rice remains the most important crop. The high proportion of the population still living in rural areas and working in the agricultural sector attests to the resilience of that sector in the face of industrialization.

Chance Of A Lifetime, A: Lee Kuan Yew And The Physical Transformation Of SingaporeChance Of A Lifetime, A: Lee Kuan Yew And The Physical Transformation Of Singapore by Davis, Lindsay (Ed.)

This book explores Lee's pivotal role in Singapore's urban development during his years as prime minister from 1959 to 1990. It recognizes Lee's achievements from the standpoint of Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence and looks forward to challenges that the city-state might encounter over the next 50 years. The book is broken up into the four main components of Singapore's urban development: planning, housing, greening and water management.

Sijori Cross-Border Region, The: Transnational Politics, Economic And CultureSijori Cross-Border Region, The: Transnational Politics, Economic And Culture by Hutchinson, Francis E, Terence Chong (Eds.)

Twenty-five years ago, the governments of Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia agreed to jointly promote the city-state, the state of Johor in Malaysia, and the Riau Islands in Indonesia. Facilitated by common cultural references, a more distant shared history, and complementary attributes, interactions between the three territories developed quickly. Initially economic in nature, the interactions between Singapore, Johor, and the Riau Islands have multiplied and grown deeper. Today, people cross the borders to work, go to school, or avail of an increasing range of goods and services. New political, social, and cultural phenomena have developed. Policymakers in the various territories now need to reconcile economic imperatives and issues of identity and sovereignty. Enabled by their proximity and increasing opportunities, families have also begun to straddle borders, with resulting questions about citizenship and belonging. Using the Cross-Border Region framework - which seeks to analyse these three territories as one entity simultaneously divided and bound together by its borders - this book brings together scholars from a range of disciplines.

Impact Of State Restructuring On Indonesia's Regional Economic Convergence, TheImpact Of State Restructuring On Indonesia's Regional Economic Convergence, The by Adiwan Fahlan Aritenang

The creation of ASEAN Free Trade Area in 1992 and decentralization in 1999 mark the state restructuring in Indonesia. This book analyses the impact of state restructuring on regional economic development in Indonesia between 1993 and 2010. Regional economic analysis shows persistent and severe regional disparities throughout the period. Particularly, econometrics study found that decentralization has accelerated regional disparities whilst the AFTA effect is insignificant on regional economic growth.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #07: Thailand's Hyper-Royalism - Its Past Success And Present PredicamentTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #07: Thailand's Hyper-Royalism - Its Past Success And Present Predicament by Thongchai Winichakul

Thailand's political impasse in the past decade is partly attributable to the royalist dominance of the parliamentary system, a dominance developed and strengthened under the cultural condition of hyper-royalism. Hyper-royalism is the politico-cultural condition in which royalism is intensified and exaggerated in public and everyday life. It is sanctioned by legislation that controls expressions about the monarchy in the public sphere. Hyper-royalism also generates the illusion that the monarchy is divine, thanks to visual performances and objects, especially through television and majestic pageantry. Accordingly, the ideal monarch is found in King Bhumibol. Given the mortality of Bhumibol, however, future prospects of hyper-royalism and royalist-guided democracy are grim. Thailand's political future is highly uncertain.

China Challenge, The: Shaping The Choices Of A Rising PowerChina Challenge, The: Shaping The Choices Of A Rising Power by Christensen, Thomas J.

Many see China's rise as a threat to US leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen argues instead that the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while eliciting its global cooperation. Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a deep perspective on China's military and economic capacity. Assessing China's political outlook and strategic goals, Christensen shows how nationalism and the threat of domestic instability influence the party's decisions about regional and global affairs. Articulating a balanced strategic approach along with perceptive historical analysis, Christensen describes how we might shape China's choices in the coming decades so that it contributes more to the international system from which it benefits so much.

South China Sea Dispute, The: Navigating Diplomatic And Strategic TensionsSouth China Sea Dispute, The: Navigating Diplomatic And Strategic Tensions by Storey, Ian; Cheng-Yi Lin (Eds.)

Increasing tensions in the South China Sea have propelled the dispute to the top of the Asia-Pacific's security agenda. Fuelled by rising nationalism over ownership of disputed atolls, growing competition over natural resources, strident assertions of their maritime rights by China and the Southeast Asian claimants, the rapid modernization of regional armed forces and worsening geopolitical rivalries among the Great Powers, the South China Sea will remain an area of diplomatic wrangling and potential conflict for the foreseeable future. Featuring some of the world's leading experts on Asian security, this volume explores the central drivers of the dispute and examines the positions and policies of the main actors, including China, Taiwan, the Southeast Asian claimants, America and Japan.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #06: China's One Belt Road - An Overview Of The DebateTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #06: China's One Belt Road - An Overview Of The Debate by Zhao Hong (Ed.)

The debate over China's One Belt One Road initiative has been lively and at times heated, both in China and internationally. In many ways, this is a reflection of the vagueness of the concept, and of its exceptionality. OBOR does not prioritize trade and investment concessions, which makes it essentially different from traditional regional economic cooperation models such as FTAs, the TPP and the RCEP. Instead, it emphasizes regional infrastructure connectivity. OBOR is viewed by some as an expression of China's grand ambitions to lead Asian economic growth, and by others as a grand strategy to build a "China-dominated Asia". While it may be mainly an economic and trade initiative, its broader consequences have a strong political and security dimension. Hence, China badly needs to cultivate political trust with neighbouring countries if it wishes to convince them that the initiative is a "public" strategy, and not a "conspiratorial" one.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #05: The State Of Local Politics In Indonesia - Survey Evidence From Three CitiesTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #05: The State Of Local Politics In Indonesia - Survey Evidence From Three Cities by Fossati, Diego

Decentralization reforms in Indonesia have empowered local government with substantial powers. Local politics therefore constitutes a privileged arena for the study of democratic consolidation in this country. This paper analyses a rich, original dataset with survey data from the cities of Medan in North Sumatra, Samarinda in East Kalimantan, and Surabaya in East Java. These three surveys, fielded shortly after the implementation of local direct elections on 9 December 2015, offer an unprecedented opportunity to learn about how various aspects of local politics are experienced by voters. Voters in Medan, Samarinda and Surabaya are rather similar in their evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of local government performance, in their experience of electoral campaigns, in how they account for voting choices and evaluate candidates. However, they also differ in their satisfaction with and trust in local institutions, and in their degree of political interest, participation, and knowledge. The paper concludes with a discussion of the relevance of the finding for our understanding of Indonesian politics.