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Myanmar's Myanmar's "Enemy Of The State" Speaks: Irreverent Essays And Interviews by Maung Zarni

"While the world's academics and politicians were focused on the hopes for change conjured up by the charisma and fame of Aung San Suu Kyi, Zarni presciently warned of signs of more fundamental problems with the promised 'transition' agenda for Myanmar. Zarni's various writings and interviews represent an unending attack on the misrepresentations of the Myanmar political, military, commercial, and monastic establishment and the misunderstandings of foreign actors who were beguiled by the promises of natural resources, trade wealth, and political change. Now, as the Myanmar Tatmadaw and the Lady have revealed their true colors, the international community has found that Zarni has had something very important to say that should have been heeded." Professor Michael W. Charney, Chair of Southeast Asian and Military History, SOAS, University of London

Myanmar's Political Transition And Lost Opportunities (2010-2016)Myanmar's Political Transition And Lost Opportunities (2010-2016) by Ye Htut

This book is about the politics of Myanmar under the reformist president Thein Sein. For the first time since the country regained independence in 1948, he was able to enact the peaceful transfer of power from one elected government to another. But Thein Sein also lost opportunities to deliver what the people anticipated, and he failed to bring his USDP party to victory in the 2015 election. This book examines the reasons behind the lost opportunities in the transition to democracy. It draws on the author's experiences as a member of Thein Sein's cabinet as well as on extensive interviews with other cabinet members and politicians involved in the crucial events that took place between 2010 and 2016.

Secrets And Power In Myanmar: Intelligence And The Fall Of General Khin NyuntSecrets And Power In Myanmar: Intelligence And The Fall Of General Khin Nyunt by Selth, Andrew

"No external observer knows more about Myanmar's security and intelligence apparatus than Andrew Selth. In this book he presents an account of the structure and functions of Myanmar's deep state, along with a tale of personal ambition, rivalry and ruthless power politics worthy of John Le Carre. A thoroughly educative, entertaining and intriguing read." - Professor Michael Wesley.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #12: Free And Open Indo-Pacific Strategy OutlookTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #12: Free And Open Indo-Pacific Strategy Outlook by Arase, David

The US launched a new Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy in late 2017 after reluctantly concluding that its patient effort to engage and socialize China to the rules-based order since 1972 had failed. The new US FOIP strategy initiative seeks to engage like-minded nations in economic, security (both traditional and non-traditional), and political governance partnerships to construct a collaborative and scalable network of relations that will be able to respond flexibly to meet a wide range of stakeholder needs and regional contingencies across the Indo-Pacific region.

Electoral Dynamics In The Philippines: Money Politics, Patronage And Clientelism At The GrassrootsElectoral Dynamics In The Philippines: Money Politics, Patronage And Clientelism At The Grassroots by Hicken, Allen; E. Aspinall & M. Weiss (Eds.)

This new text provides a systematic analysis of grassroots level electioneering in the Philippines, using data gathered in the context of the 2016 elections, and combining in-depth ethnographic fieldwork with a national comparative scope. The chapters in this volume detail and analyse the electoral dynamics in a number of localities in order to shed light on how electoral campaigns are organised across regions of the Philippines, with particular focus on how candidates and their campaigns choose to appeal to and mobilise voters, the kinds of political networks used in campaigns, and how voters respond to different kinds of electoral appeals. It also analyses how Philippines candidates use political machines, clientelist networks and the delivery of patronage to secure election, identifies commonalities and differences across the Philippines, and engages in current debates in the literature about elections in developing democracies, the structure and organisation of clientelism, and the role of money in elections.

China's Asian Dream: Empire Building Along The New Silk Road by Miller, Tom

From holding its ground in trade wars with the US, to presenting itself as a world leader in the fight against climate change, a newly confident China is flexing its economic muscles for strategic ends. With the Belt and Road initiative, billed as a new Silk Road for the 21st Century, China is set to extend its influence throughout Eurasia and across the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. But with the Chinese and US militaries also vying over the Pacific, does this newfound confidence put China on a collision course with the US? Combining a geopolitical overview with on-the-ground reportage from a dozen countries, this new edition of China's Asian Dream engages with the most recent developments in the ongoing story of China's ascendency, and offers new insights into what the rise of China means not only for Asia, but for the world.

Identity, Nationhood And State-Building In MalaysiaIdentity, Nationhood And State-Building In Malaysia by K.J. Ratnam

Identity, loyalty and nation building are key global challenges today. Emeritus Professor K.J. Ratnam, a leading Malaysian social scientist, discusses multiple identities in complex societies, political loyalty, and the challenges that ethnic and religious differences pose for social cohesion. Ratnam also analyses current political alignments and their impact on ethnic relations, the perils of ethnic stereotyping, and the need for a national consensus on foundational issues. Sweeping in scope yet detailed in analysis, this publication will interest scholars, students, policy makers and laymen, and encourage reflection on useful ways of facing up to the many complex challenges confronting multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies like Malaysia.

Panorama 01/2019: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Trade And Economic Connectivity In The Age Of UncertaintyPanorama 01/2019: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Trade And Economic Connectivity In The Age Of Uncertainty by Echle, Christian; Megha Sarmah (Eds.)

This issue of Panorama explores the economic and trade connectivity between Asia and Europe, including the US-China trade war, an overview of Asia-Europe relations in the age of rising uncertainty, the development and implications of the Asia-Europe connectivity strategy and the Belt and Road Initiative, the impact of regional blocs on trade relations between Asia and Europe, and currency swap and bilateral agreements.

First Wave, The: JBJ, Chiam & The Opposition In SingaporeFirst Wave, The: JBJ, Chiam & The Opposition In Singapore by Loke, Hoe Yeong

Based on extensive interviews and archival material, The First Wave tells the story of the opposition in Singapore in its critical first thirty years in Parliament. Democratisation has been described to occur in waves. The first wave of a democratic awakening in post-independence Singapore began with J. B. Jeyaretnam's victory in the Anson by-election of 1981. That built up to the 1984 general election, the first of many to be called a "watershed", in which Chiam See Tong was also elected in Potong Pasir. After their successes in 1991, the opposition began dreaming of forming the government. But their euphoria was short-lived. Serious fault lines in the leading Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) rose to the surface almost immediately after the opposition victories of 1991, and the party was wiped out of Parliament by 1997. The opposition spent the next decade experimenting with coalition arrangements, to work their way back to victory.

Introduction To The Politics Of The Indonesian Union MovementIntroduction To The Politics Of The Indonesian Union Movement by Lane, Max

"In this most significant contemporary study of Indonesian trade unions and the broader working class, Max Lane provides a concise and informed examination of the practical and ideological challenges of incipient labour organizations engaged in political and popular struggles in an underdeveloped nation. This detailed and highly informative book evokes similar historical and comparative struggles of exploited workers worldwide and is indispensable for students of labour movements in the Global South." - Immanuel Ness, Professor of Political Science

Diplomacy: A Singapore Experience (Second Edition)Diplomacy: A Singapore Experience (Second Edition) by Jayakumar, S.

In this updated book, viewed by many as a definitive guide to Singapore-style diplomacy, former minister, diplomat and law dean S Jayakumar outlines the principles and norms that form the bedrock of Singapore's foreign policy, shaped by more than five decades of hard-earned experience of ministers and officials. Professor Jayakumar, who retired from politics as Senior Minister in 2011, illustrates these with his accounts of and reflections on milestones where he had been involved as either Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs or, much earlier, as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Strategic Choice For China's Prosperity, TheStrategic Choice For China's Prosperity, The by Li Yining; Meng Xiaosu; Li Yuanchao; Li Keqiang

This is one of the very few books in English actually written by top Chinese leaders and economists. Li Yining, Professor in Beijing University, is one of the top economists in China and played a key role in the reforming of the economy and state enterprises. Meng Xiaosu, an economist, played a key role on real estate reform. Li Yuanchao was Vice President of the PRC from 2013 to 2018, a member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China and head of its Organization Department between 2007 and 2012. Li Keqiang is the current Premier of China. An economist by trade, Li is China's head of government as well as one of the leading figures behind China's financial and economic affairs. Originally published in 1991, this book is a valuable guide to China's economic reform and economic development strategy, including reform of state-owned enterprises, reform of shareholding system, development of enterprise groups, and the direction of rural reform. On the issue of how to further accelerate economic reforms and bring the Chinese economy onto a track of sound development, a comprehensive, systematic and incisive theoretical elaboration was carried out and discussed in depth. This English translation provides key insights into China's reforms over the past 40 years.

China's Hong Kong: The Politics Of A Global CityChina's Hong Kong: The Politics Of A Global City by Summers, Tim

The constitutional settlement under which Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the PRC in 1997 was based on the idea of "one country, two systems". At the time of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, there was much speculation over how and whether an open society and market economy would be respected by an authoritarian communist state, one which has since risen to become the world's second largest economy. This book looks afresh at the constitutional settlement and considers whether it has been able to withstand the changes in Hong Kong, the economic rise of China and the shifts in the global economy that have accompanied them. Tim Summers argues that the developments in Hong Kong have to be understood as a unique interplay between local, national and global developments and challenges the assumption that the main dynamic at play in Hong Kong is its tussle for control with Beijing.

Origins Of Malayan Communism, TheOrigins Of Malayan Communism, The by C.F. Yong

Malayan Chinese radicalism in the form of anarcho-communism only emerged in 1919. The ideology of anarcho-communism promoted not only the concept of anarchism but also of communism as a panacea for global problems. The arrival of anarcho-communism was followed in the 1920s by three waves of Chinese communism to Malayan shores until the founding of the Malayan Communist Party in mid-April 1930. The MCP struggled grimly for survival during its early years but posed a real threat to British colonial rule from 1936 after it had secured an important power base in trade unions. It also capitalised on rising Chinese nationalism in July 1937 in the aftermath of the Sino-Japanese War, arousing Chinese community sympathies in general and mobilizing Chinese-educated youths, women and intellectuals in particular. The author draws on substantial Chinese and English-language archival sources and oral history evidence from participants in the movement to reconstruct the chequered history of the Malayan communist movement of pre-war years. The present work explores the origins of Malayan communist, analyses the changing ideology and organisations of the Malayan communist movement, unmasks its dramatis personae and assesses the success or otherwise of British colonial control of the MCP and its various affiliates.

One Road, Many Dreams: China's Bold Plan To Remake The Global EconomyOne Road, Many Dreams: China's Bold Plan To Remake The Global Economy by Drache, Daniel; A.T. Kingsmith; Duan Qi

One Belt, One Road is China's bold plan to remake the global economy. It's an ambitious strategy with a $2 trillion - and rising - budget. The objective? To challenge the existing economic and political world order. This book reveals the true extent of China's ambition, analyses the impact of the One Belt, One Road initiative and assesses its chances of success and failure. Written by three highly regarded political economists, it examines the One Belt, One Road initiative from all angles. It looks at the projects and the players, the alliances and the governance. It explores the opportunities for China and the threat to the West, particularly for Trump's isolationist US administration.

Speaking Out In Vietnam: Public Political Criticism In A Communist-Party Ruled NationSpeaking Out In Vietnam: Public Political Criticism In A Communist-Party Ruled Nation by Kerkvliet, Benedict J Tria

Since 1990 public political criticism has evolved into a prominent feature of Vietnam's political landscape. So argues Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet in his analysis of Communist Party-ruled Vietnam. Speaking Out in Vietnam assesses the rise and diversity of these public displays of disagreement, showing that they have morphed from family whispers to large-scale use of electronic media. In discussing how such criticism has become widespread over the last three decades, Kerkvliet focuses on four clusters of critics: factory workers demanding better wages and living standards; villagers demonstrating and petitioning against corruption and land confiscations; citizens opposing China's encroachment into Vietnam and criticizing China-Vietnam relations; and dissidents objecting to the party-state regime and pressing for democratization.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #10: Interreligious Conflict And The Politics Of Interfaith Dialogue In MyanmarTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #10: Interreligious Conflict And The Politics Of Interfaith Dialogue In Myanmar by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

Amidst successive episodes of interreligious violence in Myanmar between 2012 and 2014, interfaith dialogue emerged as a crucial conflict resolution and prevention mechanism. The present National League for Democracy administration has more actively sought to engage in intrafaith promotion of Buddhism and in interfaith peace and harmony initiatives. Although the National League for Democracy has largely eliminated Buddhist nationalist groups such as Ma Ba Tha, Buddhist identity politics remains influential after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army's attacks in Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017 and the consequent refugee crisis. Although extreme anti-Muslim Buddhist identity politics may not see a resurgence in the approach to the 2020 general elections, it may come back in more nuanced forms. Interfaith dialogue and other training and activities for interreligious peace and harmony will thus remain relevant to the political scene.

From Aquino II To Duterte (2010-2018): Change, Continuity - And RuptureFrom Aquino II To Duterte (2010-2018): Change, Continuity - And Rupture by Deinla, Imelda; Bjorn Dressel (Eds.)

The Duterte administration is often considered a rupture in Philippines' politics. Yet, how different is Duterte's programme of change from the past governments, particularly from its predecessor, the Aquino II administration? Is there a shift in regime orientation and policy preferences from Aquino II to Duterte? What will this mean to the future direction of Philippine democracy, its economic development, peace and security, and relations with other countries? This volume focuses on four critical areas-politics and governance; economic governance; Mindanao peace process; and international relations-to illustrate continuities or discontinuities in policies and governance of institutions to explain the dynamics of change in the Philippines.

Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao To Xi JinpingChinese Spies: From Chairman Mao To Xi Jinping by Faligot, Roger

In 1920s Shanghai, Zhou Enlai founded the first Chinese communist spy network, operating in the shadows against nationalists, Western powers and the Japanese. The story of Chinese spies has been a global one from the start. Unearthing previously unseen papers and interviewing countless insiders, Roger Faligot's astonishing account reveals nothing less than a century of world events shaped by Chinese spies. Working as scientists, journalists, diplomats, foreign students and businessmen, they've been everywhere, from Stalin's purges to 9/11. This murky world has swept up Ho Chi Minh, the Clintons and everyone in between, with the action moving from Cambodia to Cambridge, and from the Australian outback to the centres of Western power. This fascinating narrative exposes the sprawling tentacles of the world's largest intelligence service, from the very birth of communist China to Xi Jinping's absolute rule today.