Climate Change Diplomacy: The Way Forward For Asia And Europe by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et Al.
This publication addresses issues concerning climate change in Europe and Asia, including: What are the challenges faced by countries? How do developed countries and developing countries view the climate change negotiations and what drive their positions and negotiating strategies? How can agreements and commitments be achieved in international negotiations? What are the ways that countries can collaborate on climate change initiatives and what are the models for collaborations? Contributors include Chen Gang, Jusen Asuka, Bartek Nowak and Coraline Goron.
Eco-Cities: Sharing European And Asian Best Practices And Experiences by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et Al.
This publication addresses issues concerning the new emphasis and interest in eco-cities in Europe and Asia, including: How do developed countries and developing countries view the development of eco-cities? Is it a new fad or are countries serious in committing to the building of such environmentally friendly cities? What are the ways that countries can collaborate on eco-cities and what are the models for collaborations? Contributors include: Eero Paloheimo, Simon Joss, Qin Tianbao and Judith Ryser.
Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People by Limiere, Sophie (Ed.)
Fifteen researchers from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, France and the United Kingdom whose interest in Malaysia goes beyond passion - but always with reason - have come together to take readers on an intellectual quest to identify the contemporary nature of Malaysian politics and society. The researchers are from different disciplines, including urban studies, political economy, international relation, political sociology and anthropology, film studies, literature, law, and strategic studies.
Revisiting Malaysian Modernisation: Essays On Science, Technology, Religion, And Environment by Mohd Hazim Shah (Ed.)
Much work on Malaysian modernisation focuses exclusively on its economic aspects. This collection of essays moves the debates on modernisation and modernity decisively. It offers a bold series of reflections on the complex relationships between science, technology, religion and the environment, and how they have shaped the trajectory of modernisation. Drawing on insights from history, public policy, philosophy of science, environmental studies and religion, it addresses some of the most pressing issues of societal transformation: industrialisation, technological innovation, sustainability, religious values and civilisational engagement. This volume adds to the growing literature on alternative views of development and modernisation, with a focus on Malaysia.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2014 #01 - China's Economic Engagement With Southeast Asia: Malaysia by Lee, John
This is the third in a series on the theme of "China's economic engagement with Southeast Asia", and follows analyses on Thailand and Indonesia, both also written by John Lee.
Malaysia has one of the closest and seemingly warmest diplomatic relationships with China of all Southeast Asia countries. With the relationship elevated to a 'comprehensive strategic partnership' in 2013, and due to the economic importance of China to Malaysia and the region, there is speculation that Kuala Lumpur is gradually but ineluctably 'tilting' towards Beijing strategically and away from traditional security partners.
However, the deepening economic relationship between the two countries is largely driven by a similar and general deepening of economic regionalization and integration throughout the Asia-Pacific. In reality, China is just one of several important partners for Malaysia in this regional network and is far from being the dominant economic partner.
Malaysia is carefully crafting the image of a 'neutral broker' even as it follows the strategic trend of many maritime states in Southeast Asia by hedging against China through reaffirming and strengthening military relations with the United States and other regional states. External and domestic factors provide strong motivation and incentive for Kuala Lumpur to stick with its current approach to China: forging ahead with a comprehensive strategic relationship with China, whilst in reality making itself a small target when it comes to political disagreements with Beijing, and quietly reaffirming and strengthening military relations with the United States at the same time.
Chinese Strategic Thought Toward Asia by Rozman, Gilbert
This book traces the development of Chinese thinking over four periods from the 1980s on and covers strategies toward: Russia and Central Asia, Japan, the Korean peninsula, Southeast and South Asia, and regionalism. It compares strategic thinking, arguing that the level was lowest under Jiang Zemin and highest under Hu Jintao. While pinpointing many mistaken assumptions, it credits China with overall successes and concludes that China stands at a crossroads. Deng Xiaoping's legacy about patiently biding its time may be replaced by growing assertiveness, which was difficult to suppress earlier and now is emboldened by China's rapid rise.
Jalan Yang Lurus by Kassim Ahmad
Buku ini ditulis oleh Dr.Kassim Ahmad. Seorang intelektual Malaysia yang melawan arus. Dulu orang tuduh dia anti - hadis. Mungkin kamu boleh search sendiri secara detail siapa Kassim Ahmad. Buku dia yang famous satu lagi bertajuk "Mencari jalan pulang".
Maka, aku terus sahaja ambil dan bawa ke kauter. Sambil menunggu bayar, aku terpandang pada kulit depan buku ini.
"Kita harus meneroka jalan ini"
Tidak diketahui jalan apa yang Dr. Kassim maksudkan kerana lain orang lain tujuannya, tapi nyata ini buku bulan Februari buat aku.
Lain orang, maka lainlah keinginannya.
Lain orang, maka lainlah yang diterokanya.
From Recipients To Donors: Emerging Powers And The Changing Development Landscape by Emma Mawdsley
From Recipients to Donors examines the emergence, or re-emergence, of a large number of nations as partners and donors in international development, from global powers such as Brazil, China and India, to Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, to former socialist states such as Poland and Russia. The impact of these countries in international development has grown sharply, and as a result they have become a subject of intense interest and analysis.
This unique book explores the range of opportunities and challenges this phenomenon presents for poorer countries and for development policy, ideology and governance. Drawing on the author's rich original research, whilst expertly condensing published and unpublished material, From Recipients to Donors is an essential critical analysis and review for anyone interested in development, aid and international relations.
Global Minotour, The: America, Europe And The Future Of The Global Economy by Yanis Varoufakis
Financialization, greed, ineffectively regulated banks - all have been blamed for the global economic crisis. In reality, though, these were mere subplots in a much grander, almost mythological, drama - one that can be traced back to the Great Crach of 1929, then on through to the 1970s when, like the Athenians forced to pay tribute to the Cretan beast, the world began financing the 'Global Minotaur' of America's budget and trade deficits. Now, from the current crisis in Europe to the heated debates about austerity versus further fiscal stimuli in the US, the consequences of the fatally wounded Minotaur are everywhere. Remarkable and provocative, The Global Minotaur gives an essential account of the socio-economic events that have shaped the world as we now it, and the options available for reintroducing a modicum of reason in our irrational global economic order.
Liberal Peace, A The Problems And Practices Of Peace Building by Sisanna Campbell; David Chandler (Eds.)
A Liberal Peace? is a timely and much-needed critical volume that takes a fresh look at the often-polarised debate over the 'liberal peace' approach to international intervention. Using a multitude of case studies, from Afghanistan to Somalia and Sri Lanka to Kosovo, it examines contemporary peacebuilding and statebuilding practice, investigating the assumptions for understanding current interventions. Written by some of the most prominent scholars in the field alongside several new scholars making cutting-edge contributions, this is an essential addition to a rapidly growing interdisciplinary area of study.
Reclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space For Economic Democracy by Cumbers, Andrew
The last few years have seen the spectacular failure of market fundamentalism in Europe and the US, with a seemingly never-ending spate of corporate scandals and financial crises. As the environmental limits and socially destructive tendencies of the current profit-driven economic model become daily more self-evident, there is a growing demand for a fairer economic alternative, as evidenced by the mounting campaigns against global finance and the politics of austerity.
Reclaiming Public Ownership tackles these issues head on, going beyond traditional leftist arguments about the relative merits of free markets and central planning to present a radical new conception of public ownership, framed around economic democracy and public participation in economic decision-making. Cumbers argues that a reconstituted public ownership is central to the creation of a more just and sustainable society.
This book is a timely reconsideration of a long-standing but essential topic.
America's Deadliest Export Democracy: The Truth About Us Foreign Policy And Everything Else by William Blum
For over sixty-five years, the United States war machine has been on automatic pilot. Since World War II we have been conditioned to believe that America's motives in 'exporting' democracy are honorable, even noble. In this startling and provocative book, William Blum, a leading dissident chronicler of US foreign policy and the author of controversial bestseller Rogue State, argues that nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, unless this fallacy is unlearned, and until people understand fully the worldwide suffering American policy has caused, we will never be able to stop the monster.
Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind The World's Most Powerful Number by Fioramonti, Lorenzo
Gross domestic product is arguably the best-known statistic in the contemporary world, and certainly amongst the most powerful. It drives government policy and sets priorities in a variety of vital social fields - from schooling to healthcare. Yet for perhaps the first time since it was invented in the 1930s, this popular icon of economic growth has come to be regarded by a wide range of people as a 'problem'.
In Gross Domestic Problem, Lorenzo Fioramonti takes apart the 'content' of GDP - what it measures, what it doesn't and why - and reveals the powerful political interests that have allowed it to dominate today's economies. In doing so, he demonstrates just how little relevance GDP has to moral principles such as equity, social justice and redistribution, and shows that an alternative is possible, as evinced by the 'de-growth' movement and initiatives such as transition towns.
A startling insight into the politics of a number that has come to dominate our everyday lives.
Economies Of Recycling: The Global Transformation Of Materials, Values, And Social Relations by Catherine Alexander; Joshua Reno (Eds.)
For some, recycling is a big business; for others a moralised way of engaging with the world. But, for many, this is a dangerous way of earning a living. With scrap now being the largest export category from the US to China, the sheer scale of this global trade has not yet been clearly identified or analysed. This groundbreaking book reveals astonishing connections between persons, households, cities and global regions as objects are reworked, taken to pieces and traded.
With case studies from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, the former Soviet Union, North America and Europe, Economies of Recycling shows how marginal economies are producing new social collectives and projects around local and global decay, often with waste labour bringing high monetary reward as well as danger.
Future Of South-South Economic Relations by Adil Najam; Rachel Thrasher (Eds.)
In recent years, it has become apparent that South-South economic relations are increasing, and will continue to do so. There will be more trade agreements and more trade, more economic alliances and more political alliances with economic goals, more investment flows and an increasing acknowledgement that the Global South has more to offer than it has in the past. These new economics relations have great potential, both for harm and for good.
Covering a wide range of topics, including regional trade integration in Africa, the environmental impact of increased South-South trade, the changing patterns of South-South investment, and the effect of conflict on trade in South Asia, this ground-breaking volume presents an analysis of South-South economic relations, and how they might impact and be impacted by the rest of the world.
Prima Facie by Mohamed Hanipa Maidin
Undang-undang biasanya satu fakta yang keras dan kaku. Ia menghasilkan satu suasana yang boring dan membosankan. Namun, melalui Prima Facie, penulis cuba mengajak pembaca melihatnya dari aspek yang mudah dan santai.
Pas & Isu-Isu Agama by Hamdan Muhammad
Perjuangan PAS amat dekat kerana mengambil perhatian dengan segala perkembangan isu, lebih-lebih lagi yang berlegar di kalangan umat Islam. Ia bertepatan dengan misi perjuangan PAS yang meletakkan panduan al-Quran sebagai teras perjuangan mengajak umat kepada beramal dengan syariat Islam.
Tuan Guru Dato' Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat
Detik Utopia: Komentar Kritis Isu Pakatan Rakyat Dan Politik Malaysia by Faisal Tehrani
Buku ini adalah kritikan pedas dan tajam seorang aktivis pembangkang kepada scenario politik negara hari ini. Walaupun catatannya keras dan tidak seimbang dalam analisis ini, buku ini tetap sesuai dibaca dan diteliti oleh penganalisa politik tanah air kerana ia merekodkan perjalanan seharian politik Negara.
Prof Madya Dato' Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff
Ketua Program Sains Politik UKM
Third World In The Third Millennium Ce, The: The Journey From Colonialism Towards Sovereign Equality And Justice by Chakravarthi Raghavan
The development path traversed by the countries of the Third World since emerging from the colonial era has been anything but smooth. Their efforts to attain effective economic sovereignty alongside political independence, even till the present day, face myriad obstacles thrown up on the global economic scene. This drive to improve the conditions of the developing world's population has seen the countries of the South seek to forge cooperative links among themselves and engage with the North to restructure international relations on a more equitable basis - not always with success.
In this collection of contemporaneous articles written over a span of more than three decades, Chakravarthi Raghavan traces the course of dialogue, cooperation and confrontation on the global development front through the years. The respected journalist and longtime observer of international affairs brings his inimitable blend of reportage, critique and analysis to bear on such issues as South-South cooperation, corporate-led globalization, the international financial system, trade and the environment-development nexus. Together, these writings present a vivid picture of the Third World's struggle, in the face of a less-than-conducive external environment, for a development rooted in equity and justice.