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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.

Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums Of Asia, 1500-1900Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums Of Asia, 1500-1900 by Lee, Peter; L. Andaya; B.W. Andaya; G. Newton

Port Cities perfectly encapsulate a fundamental human and cultural process that has existed since time immemorial - the constant mixing of things together. Such places, and the powerful cultural dynamics that took place within and between them, reflect how people, ideas, and objects circulate, and how culture is formed, spread, and shared. Four essays and a catalogue section of stunning objects make up with profusely illustrated book to accompany the exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum from 4 November 2016 to 19 February 2017.

Mapping The Chinese And Islamic Worlds: Cross Cultural Exchange In Pre-Modern AsiaMapping The Chinese And Islamic Worlds: Cross Cultural Exchange In Pre-Modern Asia by Park Hyunhee

Long before Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope en route to India, the peoples of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia engaged in vigorous cross-cultural exchanges across the Indian Ocean. This book focuses on the years 700 to 1500, a period when powerful dynasties governed both regions, to document the relationship between the Islamic and Chinese worlds before the arrival of the Europeans. Through a close analysis of the maps, geographic accounts, and travelogues compiled by both Chinese and Islamic writers, the book traces the development of major contacts between people in China and the Islamic world and explores their interactions on matters as varied as diplomacy, commerce, mutual understanding, world geography, navigation, shipbuilding, and scientific exploration. When the Mongols ruled both China and Iran in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, their geographic understanding of each other's society increased markedly. This rich, engaging, and pioneering study offers glimpses into the worlds of Asian geographers and mapmakers, whose accumulated wisdom underpinned the celebrated voyages of European explorers like Vasco da Gama.

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.

Constitutionalism In Asia In The Early Twenty-First CenturyConstitutionalism In Asia In The Early Twenty-First Century by Chen, Albert H. Y. (Ed.)

Examining developments in the first decade of the twenty-first century, this authoritative collection of essays studies the evolving practice of constitutional law and constitutionalism in Asia. It provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse constitutional issues and developments in sixteen East, Southeast and South Asian countries. It also discusses the types of constitutionalism that exist and the general trends in constitutional developments whilst offering comparative, historical and analytical perspectives on Asian constitutionalism. Written by leading scholars in the field, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars alike.

Asian Slow Cooker, The: Exotic Favorites For Your CrockpotAsian Slow Cooker, The: Exotic Favorites For Your Crockpot by Kwok, Kelly

Kelly Kwok, founder of Life Made Sweeter, provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home. With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts.

Esoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, IconsEsoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, Icons by Acri, Andrea (Ed.)

This volume advocates a trans-regional, and maritime-focused, approach to studying the genesis, development and circulation of Esoteric (or Tantric) Buddhism across Maritime Asia from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries AD. The book lays emphasis on the mobile networks of human agents ('Masters'), textual sources ('Texts') and images ('Icons') through which Esoteric Buddhist traditions spread. Capitalising on recent research and making use of both disciplinary and area-focused perspectives, this book highlights the role played by Esoteric Buddhist maritime networks in shaping intra-Asian connectivity. In doing so, it reveals the limits of a historiography that is premised on land-based transmission of Buddhism from a South Asian 'homeland', and advances an alternative historical narrative that overturns the popular perception regarding Southeast Asia as a 'periphery' that passively received overseas influences.

Nationalism In Asia: A History Since 1945Nationalism In Asia: A History Since 1945 by Kingston, Jeff

Taking a comparative, thematic approach, Nationalism in Asia explores the expression and embrace of nationalism in contemporary China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea, nations that will shape the worlds future. The focus is on identity politics, democracy, economic policy, nation branding, sports, territorial conflict, trauma, memory wars, culture and minorities.

Great Convergence, The: Asia, The West, And The Logic Of One WorldGreat Convergence, The: Asia, The West, And The Logic Of One World by Kishore Mahbubani

In this visionary roadmap to the twenty-first-century, Kishore Mahbubani prescribes solutions for improving global institutional order. He diagnoses seven geopolitical fault lines most in need of serious reform. But his message remains optimistic: despite the archaic geopolitical contours that try to shackle us today, our world has seen more positive change in the past thirty years than in the previous three hundred.

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.

Rethinking Visual Narratives From Asia: Intercultural And Comparative PerspectivesRethinking Visual Narratives From Asia: Intercultural And Comparative Perspectives by Green, Alexandra (Ed.)

Rethinking Visual Narratives covers topics from the first millennium B.C.E. through the present day, testifying to the enduring significance of visual stories in shaping and affirming cultural practices in Asia. Contributors analyze how visual narratives function in different Asian cultures and reveal the multiplicity of ways that images can be narrated beyond temporal progression through a particular space. The study of local art forms advances our knowledge of regional iterations and theoretical boundaries, illustrating the enduring importance of pictorial stories to the cultural traditions of Asia.

Messy Urbanism: Understanding The Messy Urbanism: Understanding The "Other" Cities Of Asia by Chalana, Manish; Jeffrey Hou (Eds.)

Seemingly messy and chaotic, the landscapes and urban life of cities in Asia possess an order and hierarchy that often challenges understanding and appreciation. With contributions by a cross-disciplinary group of authors, this volume examines a range of cases in Asia to explore the social and institutional politics of urban informality and the contexts in which this "messiness" emerges or is constructed. The book brings a distinct perspective to the broader patterns of informal urban orders and processes as well as their interplay with formalized systems and mechanisms. It also raises questions about the production of cities, cityscapes, and citizenship.

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.

Competition Law, Regulation And Smes In The Asia-Pacific: Understanding The Small Business PerspectiveCompetition Law, Regulation And Smes In The Asia-Pacific: Understanding The Small Business Perspective by Schaper, Michael T; Cassey Lee (Eds.)

SMEs account for more than 90 per cent of all businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. Yet SMEs are almost invisible when those competition policies and laws are developed and enforced. This book seeks to rectify the relative neglect in research and policy discussions on the role of the SME sector in competition policy and law. Drawing on contributions from a wide range of competition regulators, lawyers, academics, consultants and advisers to the SME sector, it addresses such important issues as: perceptions and views of small businesses about competition law; regulator engagement and education of the SME sector; the link between competition law and economic growth; franchising, SMEs and competition law; issues in enforcing competition law against SMEs; the role of Chinese family firms; trade, professional and industry associations; country case studies from Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Hong Kong SAR, Japan and the Pacific Islands.

Pyschology In Asia: An IntroductionPyschology In Asia: An Introduction by Sun Tien-Lun, Catherine

This is an introductory level textbook on psychology and human behavior with an Asian focus. The main aim of the book is to provide an introduction to the central tenets of psychology. Although its coverage is similar to other books on the market, examples and chapters will be culturally relevant to students in Asia, connected to the region's culture and history. The book covers essential topics of psychology such as personality, human development, psychological disorders, gender and sexuality, emotion, and positive psychology. Readers will learn core topics and classical studies that originate in the West, but do so alongside the important contribution that Asian psychology makes to the field.

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.

Bonsai And Penjing: Ambassadors Of Peace & BeautyBonsai And Penjing: Ambassadors Of Peace & Beauty by Mcclellan, Ann

This book tells the awe-inspiring stories of bonsai and penjing trees in the collection of the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. It details their valuable role in international diplomacy and as instruments of American presidential influence. It also describes their inclusion in world's fair exhibitions, in Asian-inspired gardens around the country, and as a window onto the extensive cultivation of bonsai in North America today. Stories of individual trees and forest plantings are featured, as are the roles played by the skilled and talented creators of these living art forms.

First-Time Manager In Asia: Maximizing Your Success By Blending East And West Best Practices (2Nd Ed.)First-Time Manager In Asia: Maximizing Your Success By Blending East And West Best Practices (2Nd Ed.) by Tan B H

Becoming a first-time manager is one of the most challenging experiences in a person's career. It is both a time of great excitement as well as uncertainty and insecurity. First-time managers who succeed are able to make profound adjustments and adapt themselves quickly. By developing new competencies, they start to become value creators to their teams and companies. They position themselves better for greater responsibilities in the years ahead. But those who aren't able to make the critical shifts will struggle. This book will help you maximize your chances of success as a first-time manager.

From Bland To Brand: The Essential Branding Handbook For Asian BusinessesFrom Bland To Brand: The Essential Branding Handbook For Asian Businesses by Chai, Catherine

If you are looking at your brand and you are not exactly happy where it is right now, what would you do? Where would you start? Who should be involved? This book is the answer to help brand owners, business leaders and marketers with an indispensable and practical guide to start building their brands in the right direction.