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Living Next To The Giant: The Political Economy Of Vietnam's Relations With China Under Doi MoiLiving Next To The Giant: The Political Economy Of Vietnam's Relations With China Under Doi Moi by Le Hong Hiep

This book examines how the interaction between political and economic factors under Doi Moi has shaped Vietnam's China policy and bilateral relations since the late 1980s. As the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of Vietnam's relations with China over the past thirty years, the book is a useful reference source for academics, policymakers, students, and anyone interested in contemporary Vietnam foreign policy in general and Vietnam-China relations in particular.

Netherlands, Singapore, Our Regions, Our World, The: Connecting Our Common FutureNetherlands, Singapore, Our Regions, Our World, The: Connecting Our Common Future by Rutte, Mark

The Singapore Lecture is designed to provide an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders of thought and knowledge to reach a wider audience in Singapore. The presence of such eminent personalities allows Singaporeans, especially younger executives and decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, the benefit of exposure to leading world figures who address topics of international and regional interest.The 39th Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, on 24 November 2016 under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore.

Dealing With An Ambiguous WorldDealing With An Ambiguous World by Kausikan, Bilahari

One of Singapore's top diplomats, Bilahari Kausikan was the Institute of Policy Studies' 2015/16 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book contains edited versions of the five public IPS-Nathan Lectures he gave between January and May 2016, and highlights of his dialogue with the audience. Kausikan gives a frank and dispassionate assessment of the international environment in the post-Cold War era and the geopolitical uncertainties that have emerged. In particular, he analyses the nature of US-China relations, the broad underlying factors in the South China Sea disputes and ASEAN's attempts to maintain order, and the role that human rights and democracy have played in international relations. He concludes by suggesting what Singapore needs to do to cope with the complexities that lie ahead, in this age without definition.

Stop North Korea! A Radical New Approach To The North Korean StandoffStop North Korea! A Radical New Approach To The North Korean Standoff by Iverson, Shepherd

Imagine you control a multi-billion dollar capital fund, and North Korea is an underperforming corporation. You see it is undervalued and want to take it over, but it is controlled by an old-fashioned board of directors-the Kim family and a small number of ultra elites-who will not negotiate a deal. In this regressive situation it is logical to offer its shareholders-the political and military elites, government managers and bureaucrats, and the general population-a higher price for their shares to convince them to overrule their board of directors. This book applies this basic scenario to a situation that has become dire, and for which a strong positive solution is crucial. This book shows how investment rather than constraint-the carrot rather than the stick-will not only deter the North Korea threat, but enhance the global community in ways perhaps unimagined in the past.

Finding Malaysia: Making Sense Of An Eccentric NationFinding Malaysia: Making Sense Of An Eccentric Nation by Zairil Khir Johari

Zairil Khir Johari offers a quick-witted and focused reflection on some of the most pressing and contentious issues of the day. At the heart of the matter is the bane of Malaysian politics - the ethnic question - from which he explores a range of high profile issues: identity, secularism, federalism and education.

Twentieth Singapore Economic Roundtable, The Nov. 2013 by Manu Bhaskaran; Faizal Bin Yahya Et Al.

The Singapore Economic Roundtable is a flagship programme of IPS. A select group of senior private sector economists, academics, business leaders and policy makers are invited to the roundtable which is held twice a year. The meeting is conducted along Chatham House rules and is intended to generate a frank discussion of major macro-economic policy issues facing Singapore. Each SER assesses current monetary and fiscal policy in the light of changing economic circumstances and provides a forum for non-policy makers to air their recommendations. In addition, each SER also looks at a longer term structural issue facing Singapore in detail. The special focus session of the 20th SER was on Singapore's Integration with the Region - A Malaysian Perspective.

Singapore Chronicles: GovernanceSingapore Chronicles: Governance by Ho, Peter; A. Shroff; C. Tan; H. See; L. Leong

Good governance is at the heart of Singapore's development, forged in the furnace of the early challenges that Singapore faced after Independence, and shaped by its leaders to reflect their long-term vision. This book chronicles key aspects of Singapore's governance - such as incorruptibility, pragmatism and meritocracy - and demonstrates how institutions, policies and strategies combined to play a critical role in Singapore's transformation from a Third to a First World nation. It offers references for readers to understand the origins of Singapore's public policy and principles of governance.

Singapore Chronicles: Central Provident FundSingapore Chronicles: Central Provident Fund by Chia Ngee Choon

Since its inception in 1953, the Central Provident Fund (CPF), the mandatory savings scheme, has evolved to meet Singaporeans' housing and investment aspirations as well as retirement needs while Singapore progressed from Third World to First. The story of the CPF reflects the economic history and social development of Singapore. CPF policies are aligned with national objectives - economic growth, macroeconomic stability, asset-building and savings for health and retirement. The CPF's intricate connection with housing financing has made Singapore's social protection system a unique social innovation in the world. With an ageing population, the CPF will continue to explore more ways to stay relevant to retirement and other needs. As the choice architect, the CPF Board needs to anticipate behavioural responses and manage the expectations of its members.

Singapore Chronicles: GatewaysSingapore Chronicles: Gateways by Ho Kim Hin, David; Ho Mun Wai

Singapore has leveraged on its strategic location and open economy to become a global maritime and logistics centre. In particular, the port has grown from being just a terminal for ships to berth in, to hosting a maritime industry. On the aviation front, Singapore has moved from a mere airfield in Kallang to Changi Airport, among the best in the world and connected to more than 200 cities. There is also a vibrant aerospace industry. However, intense challenges lie ahead. This book examines how Singapore needs to raise the bar to remain a strategic gateway to the region and the rest of the world.

Singapore: Smart City Smart StateSingapore: Smart City Smart State by Calder, Kent E.

Nearly everyone knows that Singapore has one of the most efficient governments and is among the most competitive advanced economies in the world. But can this unique city-state of some 5.5 million residents serve as a model for other advanced economies as well as for the emerging world? Respected East Asia expert Kent Calder provides clear answers to this intriguing question in his new, groundbreaking book. Calder describes Singapore as a laboratory for solutions to problems experienced by urban societies around the world. But there are caveats: the city-state comes in at only "partly free" in the Freedom House democracy rankings and, like many other developed nations, faces growing inequality. Singapore: Smart City, Smart State addresses these deficits while also offering concrete insights and a lucid appreciation of how many of Singapore's answers to near-universal problems can have a much broader relevance, even in very different societies.

Electoral Politics In Cambodia: Historical Trajectories And Current Challenges (Iseas Occ. Pap. #98)Electoral Politics In Cambodia: Historical Trajectories And Current Challenges (Iseas Occ. Pap. #98) by Croissant, Aurel

After more than two decades of post-conflict reconstruction, Cambodia's political system remains in flux. Yet perhaps the most disturbing phenomenon with regard to elections is the notable rejection of democratic norms. This monograph studies the various aspects of electoral politics in Cambodia and ends with strong suggestions for reforms that can strengthen the practice of elections and aid social and political development in a country trying to transit from civil war to post-conflict reconstruction, from socialist one-party state to multiparty electoral system, and from planned economy to market economy.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #16: The Johor Sultanate: Rise Or Re-Emergence?Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #16: The Johor Sultanate: Rise Or Re-Emergence? by Hutchinson, E Francis; Vanda Prakash Nair (Eds.)

Malaysia's sultans have in recent years taken on an increasingly discernible role in the country's political life. However, rather than something new, the rulers' resurgence should be viewed as part of a longer term negotiation over the precise boundaries of their role. The Sultan of Johor, Ibrahim Ismail, is arguably the most visible of the country's rulers at present. While the more ceremonial aspects of his actions are inspired by the pivotal role traditionally played by Malay rulers, the more operational aspects hark back to the colonial era when Johor had a reputation for modern administration, well-developed infrastructure, and a high degree of autonomy. At its core, the Sultan raises questions about Malay leadership, and may revive a long-standing contest between the rulers and the political elite, sometimes referred to as a battle between "princes and politicians".

Veil Of Circumstance, The: Technology, Values, Dehumanization And The Future Of Economics And PoliticsVeil Of Circumstance, The: Technology, Values, Dehumanization And The Future Of Economics And Politics by Moller, Jorgen Orstrom

In this brilliantly illuminating book the author references the fundamental historical facts to trace the sources and triggers of a paradigmatic ongoing change in society, economy and world order. The book, immensely rich in data and keen observations, delves into the central challenges of our economic and political system - the erosion of trust, the declining coherence and the shrinking common space.

Managing Globalization In The Asian Century: Essays In Honour Of Prema-Chandra AthukoralaManaging Globalization In The Asian Century: Essays In Honour Of Prema-Chandra Athukorala by Hill, Hal; Jayant Menon (Eds.)

Twenty-seven leading international authorities in the field, drawn from nine countries, provide a comprehensive examination of the causes, consequences and challenges of globalization, in a volume that celebrates the distinguished career of Professor Prema-Chandra Athukorala. Among the major issues examined are the region's distinctive approach to trade liberalization, the effects of economic growth on poverty reduction and the labour market, the special challenges of by-passed regions, the role of ideas in influencing policy making, the modalities of connecting to global production networks, and the importance of remittances in economic development. Several country case studies provide in-depth analyses of development processes and outcomes. These include episodes in economic development, the challenges faced by transition economies, the macroeconomics of adjusting to slower growth and rising debt in advanced economies, and the so-called middle-income trap phenomenon.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #15: The Geopolitics Of Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream - Problems And ProspectsTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #15: The Geopolitics Of Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream - Problems And Prospects by Arase, David

Viewing China's current relations with neighbours in the East Asian littoral from geopolitical and macrohistorical perspectives enables us to evaluate China's current prospects for advancing its "peaceful rise". Today the ruling Communist Party of China articulates a Chinese Dream that envisions a new age of Asian predominance to match China's memory of past golden ages. To realize this dream, China seeks geopolitical predominance in the East Asian littoral. Judging from the foreign policy goals and behaviour pursued by Xi Jinping, China appears likely to govern the region according to its core interests even when this may require other states to give up their lawful sovereign rights and prerogatives.

Malaysia In Troubled Times: Challenges, Difficult Decisions And The Malaysian EconomyMalaysia In Troubled Times: Challenges, Difficult Decisions And The Malaysian Economy by Shankaran Nambiar

The recent past has been tumultuous for Malaysia. Malaysia has been rocked by economic uncertainties, political turmoil and allegations of financial scandals. The economy has had to face domestically generated shocks and well as those emanating from external sources. Regional developments have been fast-paced, too. At a micro level, issues such as education and health have generated controversy and they could turn out to be problematic if not handled carefully. These issues, if ignored, could adversely affect Malaysia's economic development. If addressed correctly, Malaysia will move up the ladder of development. The present collection of essays attempts to capture the challenges that Malaysia faces.

Panorama 02/2016: Countering Daesh Extremism European And Asian ResponsesPanorama 02/2016: Countering Daesh Extremism European And Asian Responses by Gorawantschy, Beatrice (Ed.)

This issue of Panorama: Insights into Asian and European Affairs analyses recent developments concerning Daesh extremism and their implications on societies in Asia and Europe. The papers share and analyse current and possible future threats, identify the target groups vulnerable to extreme militant ideology and examine the various recruitment channels. The counter-measures and de-radicalization and rehabilitation efforts adopted by various governments have also been highlighted. Special attention is given to Daesh-linked activities in the respective countries, reactions by the local Muslim communities, and possible future developments as well as responses.

Being Abdullah Ahmad Badawi: The Authorised BiographyBeing Abdullah Ahmad Badawi: The Authorised Biography by Wong Sulong

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi - Malaysia's fifth prime minister - is probably the most misunderstood and maligned among Malaysian leaders. He was regarded as an accidental prime minister, yet he led his party to the biggest-ever general election victory in Malaysian history, only to be rejected by voters four years later. Now, Malaysians acknowledge that his relatively short rule was the springtime of Malaysian democracy. His firmness in ensuring a smooth and peaceful handover of power in the five states won by the opposition after the 2008 general election marked him as a courageous and principled leader. His legacy to Malaysia is substantial. In this book, journalist and author Wong Sulong traces the evolving public perception of this humble and remarkable politician.

Politics Of Defeat, The: Preliminary Chapters And The Secret Diary Of Francis ThomasPolitics Of Defeat, The: Preliminary Chapters And The Secret Diary Of Francis Thomas by Thomas, Margaret (Ed.)

It was a diary that had first sat at the back of a locked steel cabinet for two decades and then in a taped box for close to another four decades. A secret diary kept by a Cabinet Minister of the discussions and decisions that went on behind the scenes and that determined the path of Singapore's political development during the late 1950s. It was a tumultuous time that saw the People's Action Party come into power because of the ineptitude - or, in the words of Lee Kuan Yew, the corruption and stupidities - of the Labour Front government. The diary was kept by Francis Thomas, an Englishman who made Singapore his home and who played a key role in the dying days of the Labour Front government. The Politics of Defeat is his inside story of those days.

Party System Institutionalization In Asia: Democracies, Autocracies And The Shadows Of The PastParty System Institutionalization In Asia: Democracies, Autocracies And The Shadows Of The Past by Hicken, Allen; Erik Martinez Kuhonta (Eds.)

This book provides a comprehensive empirical and theoretical analysis of the development of parties and party systems in Asia. The studies included advance a unique perspective in the literature by focusing on the concept of institutionalization and by analyzing parties in democratic settings as well as in authoritarian settings. The countries covered in the book range from East Asia to Southeast Asia to South Asia.