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Asean Looks West: Asean And The Gulf RegionAsean Looks West: Asean And The Gulf Region by Hermann, Wifried A.; Peter Lehr

This is the first major study analyzing the relationship between ASEAN and the Gulf region. A newly formed international team of eleven scholars and experts from seven different countries under the umbrella of the Thai-registered nonprofit organization Human Development Forum Foundation provides some interesting insights in security and economic developments on both sides of the newly introduced Southern Asian Maritime Corridor stretching from Qatar to the Philippines. What are the major challenges and opportunities for the ASEAN Community and the Gulf region? The scholar team answers these questions by extensively analyzing the strategic framework from an ASEAN perspective, highlighting the three-pillar strategy of the ASEAN Community, and then addressing two major security issues: the maritime component and religious fanaticism.

Contemporary LaosContemporary Laos by Kham Vorapheth

This book provides a critical look at obstacles to the development of the Laos state. It explores different facets of its political, economic, societal, and cultural history and focuses on the current period of unfinished transition. It offers an analysis of the geopolitical position of Laos, its relations with the global powers and with its ASEAN partners, and its efforts to maintain equilibrium with Vietnam and China. This book reflects on other themes: How will Laos reach its destiny? Is the coexistence of a state capitalist economy and a particularly rigid political system sustainable in the long term? What role could the Lao diaspora play in the modernization of the country? What are Laos's priorities? Where is Laos heading?

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #04: Myanmar's Foreign Policy Under President U Thein Sein: Non-Aligned And Diversified)Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #04: Myanmar's Foreign Policy Under President U Thein Sein: Non-Aligned And Diversified) by Haacke, Jurgen

Given Myanmar's strategic location and the wider great power competition in Southeast Asia, how the country positions itself vis-à-vis the major powers in the reform era currently under way will have considerable bearing for the international politics of Southeast Asia. Historically, Myanmar's leaders have preferred an independent foreign policy that has also been couched in terms of neutralism and non-alignment. Following considerable tension between the stated principle of non-alignment and the practice of Myanmar's foreign policy under the SLORC/SPDC regime given US pressure on Naypyitaw, Myanmar's threat perceptions vis-à-vis Washington have waned with the shift to the pragmatic, principled and calibrated engagement as favoured by President Obama.

China's Next Strategic Advantage: From Imitation To InnovationChina's Next Strategic Advantage: From Imitation To Innovation by Yip, George S.; Bruce Mckern

The history-making development of the Chinese economy has entered a new phase. China is moving aggressively from a strategy of imitation to one of innovation. Experts George Yip and Bruce McKern explain this epic transformation and propose strategies for both Western and Chinese companies.Yip and McKern provide case studies of successful firms, outline ten ways in which the managerial and innovative capabilities of these firms differ from those of Western firms, and describe how multinationals doing business in China can become part of the Chinese ecosystem of new knowledge and technology. Yip and McKern argue that these innovation capabilities will be the basis for creating world-class products and services to meet the challenges of a new era of global competition.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #03: Can Myanmar's Nld Government Undo The Gordion Knot Of Federalism And EthnicityTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #03: Can Myanmar's Nld Government Undo The Gordion Knot Of Federalism And Ethnicity by Taylor, Robert H.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has said that peace is the first priority of the National League for Democracy, NLD, when it comes to power in April 2016. Both her remarks at the Union Peace Conference in January and the NLD election manifesto point to ethnicity and federalism being linked. But as revealed at the Union Peace Conference, that is yet to have happened. Rather, spokespersons for the ethnic armed groups continue to speak the language of ethnic rights and a federal army, while the government talks about reaching material and administrative agreements and the army insists that there can only be one army. In order to break the apparently endless debate about federalism, ethnicity, states and divisions in the Union of Myanmar, perhaps a new approach might be considered - taking federalism a step further to the seventy-four district levels of administration. As the ethnically designated armed groups operate in relatively small and localized areas, a solution that squares the circle between ethnicity and territory might have appeal.

Trade Regionalism In The Asia-Pacific: Developments And Future ChallengesTrade Regionalism In The Asia-Pacific: Developments And Future Challenges by Sanchita Basu Das & Masahiro Kawai (Eds.)

Asian cities are developing at an unparalleled pace, fuelled by the rise in urban population and economic development. With development focused on the production and output of commercial industries, the growth of many cities has overlooked disadvantaged citizens, who remain disconnected to basic amenities, transport services and economic opportunities. The aim of the Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition and Symposium is to encourage design explorations and research into new urban models for urban environments in Asian cities challenged by the task of providing infrastructural services for all citizens. This fourth edition is themed "Everyone Connects" and investigates potential solutions to the metropolitan fragmentation and the dispersal of informal settlements throughout cities, and the exclusion of certain members of the populace from economic opportunities and social activities.

Burma Spring, The: Aung San Suu Kyi And The New Struggle For The Soul Of A NationBurma Spring, The: Aung San Suu Kyi And The New Struggle For The Soul Of A Nation by Pederson, Rena

Award-winning journalist and former State Department speechwriter Rena Pederson brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi: the inspiration for Burma's first steps towards democracy. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from fifteen years of house arrest, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story. The Burma Spring will also surprise readers by revealing the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, and also how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into Burma's democratic rebirth.

Alamak! Ii: Whither Integrity?Alamak! Ii: Whither Integrity? by K.J. John

This is a collection of Dr K.J. John's columns, which examines topical issues in Malaysian society.

Gender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting Imperatives For Equitable Public ExpenditureGender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting Imperatives For Equitable Public Expenditure by Ng, Cecilia (Ed.)

This unique book explores the exciting new democratic spaces that open up when budgets get participatory. The experiences of gender responsive budgeting meet the world of participatory budgeting, both of which have gained traction since the 1980s. The chapters bring together GRB and PB policy makers, practitioners, researchers and civil society actors to share and review their respective journeys. The book is a valuable contribution to current debates on re-thinking GRB and PB and the need to synergize both approaches to achieve gender equality, social justice and good governance.

Malaysian Islamic Party PAS 1951-2013, The: Islamism In A Mottled NationMalaysian Islamic Party PAS 1951-2013, The: Islamism In A Mottled Nation by Noor, Farish A.

The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party happens to be one of the oldest and biggest political parties in Malaysia today. This is a work that recounts the constructed nature of PAS, as a party that has undergone several transformations - from a left-leaning anti-colonial party in the 1950s and 1960s, to a right-leaning communitarian party in the 1970s, to a party inspired by the Iranian revolution in the 1980s, to its present avatar as a pro-democracy party. It shows how PAS has evolved along a non-linear path, and was shaped by a host of internal and external variable factors that impacted upon Malaysia and its complex society.

China's New Economic Silk Road: The Great Eurasian Game & The String Of PearlsChina's New Economic Silk Road: The Great Eurasian Game & The String Of Pearls by Devonshire-Eillis, Chris

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stated that China's proposed Silk Road Economic Belt will impact upon three billion people and will unite the biggest market in the world with "unparalleled potential". This unique study into the proposed Silk Road Economic Belt examines the institutional, financial and infrastructure projects that are currently underway and in the planning stage across the entire region. Covering over 60 countries, this book explores the regional reforms, potential problems, opportunities and longer term impact that the Silk Road will have upon Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US.

Moving The Aec Beyond 2015: Managing Domestic Consensus For Community-BuildingMoving The Aec Beyond 2015: Managing Domestic Consensus For Community-Building by Tham Siew Yean & Sanchita Basu Das (Eds.)

The ten Southeast Asian economies reached a milestone on 31 December 2015, when they announced the formation of an ASEAN Community. The economic pillar, the ASEAN Economic Community, has generated immense debate, due to its expected quantifiable benefits to member countries. This book aims to explain the need for building domestic consensus within the member countries. It starts with an overview chapter describing the current achievements of the AEC. It then explores possible explanations for the achievements/non-achievements and offers a hypothesis on conflicting economic interests in a country as one possible explanation for gaps in implementation.

Southeast Asian Affairs 2016Southeast Asian Affairs 2016 by Cook, Malcolm; Daljit Singh

Southeast Asian Affairs is an annual volume that provides, without fear or favour, informed and in-depth annual analyses of the vibrant region and its component countries.

Dealing With China: An Insider Unmasks The New Economic SuperpowerDealing With China: An Insider Unmasks The New Economic Superpower by Paulson, Henry M. Jr

This book takes the reader behind closed doors to witness the creation and evolution and future of China's state-controlled capitalism. Hank Paulson has dealt with China unlike any other foreigner. Over his career, Paulson has worked with scores of top Chinese leaders, including Xi Jinping, China's most powerful man in decades. In this book, Paulson draws on his unprecedented access to modern China's political and business elite, including its three most recent heads of state. Written in an anecdote-rich, page-turning style, this is certain to become the classic and definitive examination of unlocking, building, and engaging an economic superpower.

Lady And The Generals, The: Aung San Suu Kyi And Burma's Struggle For FreedomLady And The Generals, The: Aung San Suu Kyi And Burma's Struggle For Freedom by Popham, Peter

She was a heroine of our time, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, a symbol of supreme courage in the face of tyranny. Then, in 2010, Burma's generals opened the door a chink: Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, and her country began to change. Suu Kyi's acclaimed biographer, Peter Popham, describes what happened next. Travelling across the country, meeting aristocrats, monks and politicians, freedom fighters, punks and rebels, he shows how hope has slowly returned to the lives of ordinary Burmese. He also examines the fate of the hill tribes, and how the world's politicians and businessmen are striving for influence. When Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to parliament, she began to negotiate with the military. Yet she has declined to take a firm stand on minority rights - to the dismay of many in the West. The Lady and the Generals offers a trenchant and compelling portrait of this fascinating country and asks where Burma and Suu Kyi herself - with her bravery, her brilliance and her limitations - are heading next.

Modi Effect, The: Inside Narendra Modi's Campaign To Transform IndiaModi Effect, The: Inside Narendra Modi's Campaign To Transform India by Price, Lance

How did a 'chai wallah' who sold tea on trains as a boy become Prime Minister of India? Former BBC correspondent and Downing Street communications expert Lance Price has been granted exclusive access to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team of advisers. With complete freedom to tell it as he finds it, he details Modi's rise to power, the extraordinary election victory and its aftermath.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #02: Middle Eastern Influences In Malaysia - The Cases Of Isma, Irf And HtmTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #02: Middle Eastern Influences In Malaysia - The Cases Of Isma, Irf And Htm by Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid Et Al

Interaction between Muslims in Malaysia and their Middle Eastern brethren has consistently been a source of apprehension to the powers-that-be from colonial times till today. Islamist activism in Malaysia has indeed undergone changes, and these did indeed arise from contemporary Middle Eastern influences. But newer strands of Islamism influenced by developments in the Middle East have alarmed authorities. Newly formed Muslim organizations such as Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia, the Islamic Renaissance Front and Hizb at-Tahrir Malaysia are all found to have maintained strong Middle Eastern links, both at the discursive or organizational levels. All three movements in question have so far not displayed violent tendencies although their versions of Islamism exhibit varying degrees of ideological absolutism, distinguishing them markedly from the wave of Islamism that engulfed Malaysia in the 1980s.

Connectography: Mapping The Future Of Global CivilizationConnectography: Mapping The Future Of Global Civilization by Parag Khanna

Connectivity is the most revolutionary force of the twenty-first century. In Connectography, visionary strategist Parag Khanna travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Pakistan to Nigeria, and across the Arctic Circle and the South China Sea to explain the rapid and unprecedented changes affecting every part of the planet. Connectography offers a unique and hopeful vision for the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and technologies have eliminated the need for resource wars; ambitious transport corridors and power grids are unscrambling Africa's fraught colonial borders; even the Arab world is evolving a more peaceful map as it builds resource and trade routes across its war-torn landscape.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #01: Making Sense Of The Election In Myanmar's Rakhine And Shan StatesTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #01: Making Sense Of The Election In Myanmar's Rakhine And Shan States by Oh, Su-Ann

This paper examines why ethnic parties did well in Rakhine and Shan States despite the fact that the National League for Democracy was given a manifest mandate by the Myanmar electorate to represent its interests nationwide. Given the lack of available data, the best explanation that can be offered at present is that the combination of non-state armed ethnic group fighting, recent ceasefire agreements, and economic development of places such as the self-administered areas and urban centres influenced Shan State voters to choose the USDP.

Change In Voting: Singapore's 2015 General ElectionChange In Voting: Singapore's 2015 General Election by Lee, Terence; Kevin Y L Tan (Eds.)

For Singaporeans, the year 2015 will be remembered for its grand celebrations of the nation's 50th year of independence, as well as the demise of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. It was also the year the PAP government recaptured its electoral hyper dominance at Singapore's 13th General Election held on 11 September 2015. This volume analyses the unexpected results of yet another historic election and considers why a change in voting ensued after the 'watershed' polls in 2011. Sixteen well-regarded scholars and political observers uncover the key issues raised and evaluate the impact of the 2015 general election from the perspectives of law, history, politics, media, culture and sociology.