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Politics in East Asia: Explaining Change and Continuity

Timothy C. Lim

This systematic, innovative introduction to the dynamic politics and political economies of China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan teaches students how to think analytically, critically, and independently about the most significant developments in the region. The text offers in-depth coverage of the unique experiences of each country, all within the framework of an explicit    More >

Politics in East Asia: Explaining Change and Continuity

Why India Matters

Maya Chadda

Why is India's rise on the world stage so controversial? How can a state that is losing authority to its regions at the same time grow in international importance? Exploring an apparent paradox, Maya Chadda shows how culture, politics, wealth, and policy have combined to forge a distinctive Indian path to power, both nationally and in the international arena.    More >

Why India Matters

China’s Regional Relations: Evolving Foreign Policy Dynamics

Mark Beeson and Fujian Li

Has China's much-discussed "charm offensive" come to an end? Are fears about the country's more assertive foreign policies justified? How will a rising China interact with its regional neighbors? Mark Beeson and Fujian Li address these questions by comprehensively exploring the nature, effectiveness, and implications of China's foreign policy strategy in Asia and Australia.    More >

China’s Regional Relations: Evolving Foreign Policy Dynamics

Northeast Asia’s Nuclear Challenges

Su Hoon Lee, editor

An array of challenges threaten the peace and security of Northeast Asia, not least how to contain a nuclear North Korea and ensure the safety of the region’s nuclear power structure. Addressing multiple dimensions of these crucial issues, the authors of Northeast Asia's Nuclear Challenges highlight the cooperative approaches needed not only among the primary actors—China, the two    More >

Northeast Asia’s Nuclear Challenges

Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan

Anita M. Weiss and Saba Gul Khattak, editors

Although scholars and practitioners have identified explicit structural impediments that constrain countries' efforts to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable social development, there has been limited research conducted to identify the specific barriers to development that prevail in Pakistan today. The authors of Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan go far toward filling this    More >

Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan

Will This Be China’s Century?: A Skeptic’s View

Mel Gurtov

Mel Gurtov takes issue with the widespread view that China is on the way to rivaling or even displacing the United States as the dominant world power. Gurtov identifies serious constraints that will keep the country's leadership focused for the foreseeable future on challenges at home. Arguing that China's economic rise has exacerbated problems of social inequality, environmental    More >

Will This Be China’s Century?: A Skeptic’s View

Foreign Aid Competition in Northeast Asia

Hyo-sook Kim and David M. Potter, editors

In recent years, China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan have been transformed from aid recipients to aid donors, raising a number of questions. What motivated these four countries to embark on aid programs? Do their policies represent new approaches to poverty alleviation? Do they reinforce or disrupt the emerging consensus within the international community on aid policy harmonization and    More >

Foreign Aid Competition in Northeast Asia

Context-Sensitive Development: How International NGOs Operate in Myanmar

Anthony Ware

Focusing on Myanmar, with its perfect storm of extreme poverty, international sanctions, and egregious political repression, Anthony Ware shows how context sensitivity can help development organizations to better meet the needs of their client populations. Ware points out that, while practitioners have questioned universal economic prescriptions for development, they have been less rigorous in    More >

Context-Sensitive Development: How International NGOs Operate in Myanmar

Understanding Contemporary China, 4th Edition

Robert E. Gamer, editor

The new edition of Understanding Contemporary China has been thoroughly revised to reflect a half-decade of significant events and trends, both domestically and in the international arena. The result is an accessible, well-grounded exploration of the most crucial issues affecting China today. The authors assume no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, making the book a perfect choice for    More >

Understanding Contemporary China, 4th Edition

US Taiwan Strait Policy: The Origins of Strategic Ambiguity

Dean P. Chen

Why did the Truman administration reject a pragmatic approach to the Taiwan Strait conflict—recognizing Beijing and severing ties with Taipei—and instead choose the path of strategic ambiguity? Dean Chen sheds light on current US policy by exploring the thoughts and deliberations of President Truman and his top advisers, among them Dean Acheson, John Foster Dulles, Livingston Merchant,    More >

US Taiwan Strait Policy: The Origins of Strategic Ambiguity

Politics and Society in Contemporary China

Elizabeth Freund Larus

This authoritative text captures the dynamism of Chinese politics and society. Elizabeth Larus begins with a broad sweep of China's modern history—from the imperial era to the present—providing essential context for understanding the current political environment. She then makes sense of the dramatic political, social, and economic changes that have occurred across some six    More >

Politics and Society in Contemporary China

Nuclear North Korea: Regional Dynamics, Failed Policies, and Ideas for Ending a Global Stalemate

Su Hoon Lee, editor

North Korea's development of weapons of mass destruction has not only affected regional security, but also caused considerable anxiety at the global level. The authors of Nuclear North Korea explore the whats, whys, and hows of the DPRK's nuclear program and offer fresh ideas on how to contain the country's nuclear ambitions.    More >

Nuclear North Korea: Regional Dynamics, Failed Policies, and Ideas for Ending a Global Stalemate

The US-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges

Scott Snyder, editor

How can the United States and South Korea best cooperate to address new security challenges? Can the US-ROK alliance serve to advance South Korea's interests and at the same time help the US to more effectively pursue its own global and regional security objectives? In the context of these questions, the authors explore the possibilities for enhanced cooperation in both traditional and    More >

The US-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges

Peddlers of Information: Indian Non-Government Organizations in the Information Age

Tanya Jakimow

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are widely heralded as an opportunity for the poor to have greater access to information that can help them escape poverty, as well as an important tool for development agencies. But as Tanya Jakimow shows, the consequences of the "information age" often deviate greatly from our image of an interconnected, modern world. Peddlers of    More >

Peddlers of Information: Indian Non-Government Organizations in the Information Age

Taiwan’s Political Economy: Meeting Challenges, Pursuing Progress

Cal Clark and Alexander C. Tan

Taiwan's economic and political transformation was once considered a model for developing nations, but in recent decades, the momentum has stalled. Why? Cal Clark and Alexander Tan explain the country's paradoxical political economy, tracing its achievements and exploring its challenges. The authors appraise Taiwan's hard-won accomplishments—a legitimate democracy and a    More >

Taiwan’s Political Economy: Meeting Challenges, Pursuing Progress

Whose Sustainability Counts?: BASIX’s Long March from Microfinance to Livelihoods

Malcolm Harper, Lalitha Iyer, and Jane Rosser

Malcolm Harper cuts through the cynicism and disillusionment about microfinance with his account of BASIX—one of the largest microfinance firms in India—to show how the organization offers pathways for a revamped MFI of the future, one that responds to poor clients’ diverse needs equitably and effectively.    More >

Whose Sustainability Counts?: BASIX’s Long March from Microfinance to Livelihoods

China Engages Latin America: Tracing the Trajectory

Adrian H. Hearn and José Luis León-Manríquez, editors

While world attention is focused on the Middle East, what inroads is China making in Latin America? In China Engages Latin America, experts from three continents provide local answers to this global question. The authors explore the multiple motivations driving the establishment of new Sino–Latin American linkages, the nature of those linkages, and the reactions that they have generated.    More >

China Engages Latin America: Tracing the Trajectory

China and India: Great Power Rivals

Mohan Malik

Despite burgeoning trade and cultural links, China and India remain fierce competitors in a world of global economic rebalancing, power shifts, resource scarcity, environmental degradation, and other transnational security threats. Mohan Malik explores this increasingly important and complex relationship, grounding his analysis in the history of the two countries. Malik describes a geopolitical    More >

China and India: Great Power Rivals

The Struggle for Civil Society in Central Asia: Crisis and Transformation

Charles Buxton

Charles Buxton traces the gradual establishment of the civil society sector in the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia, countries that find themselves today negotiating a complicated path between capitalist and socialist systems.    More >

The Struggle for Civil Society in Central Asia: Crisis and Transformation

Afghanistan’s Troubled Transition: Politics, Peacekeeping, and the 2004 Presidential Election

Scott Seward Smith

Scott Seward Smith focuses on Afghanistan's 2004 presidential election—the first popular election ever held there—as he explores the painstaking attempt by the United Nations to develop democratic institutions in the country. Smith thoroughly describes the personalities, policies, bureaucracies, and external factors that shaped the faltering transition process from 2001 through    More >

Afghanistan’s Troubled Transition: Politics, Peacekeeping, and the 2004 Presidential Election

Masculinity and Japan’s Foreign Relations

Yumiko Mikanagi

Transformations in both Japan's domestic culture and its foreign relations in the last two decades have led to, among other outcomes, a shift to a more militarized defense policy. Yumiko Mikanagi explores an intriguing aspect of this shift: changes in what is considered masculine in contemporary Japanese society. Tracing the alternations between dominant "warrior" and    More >

Masculinity and Japan’s Foreign Relations

Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid After the 2004 Tsunami

Jennifer Hyndman

What happens when a humanitarian crisis with political roots interacts with a humanitarian crisis induced by environmental disaster? That is the question at the core of Dual Disasters. Focusing on Sri Lanka and Indonesia, countries that were dealing with complex upheavals long before the 2004 tsunami struck, Jennifer Hyndman shows how the storm shifted the goals of international aid, altered    More >

Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid After the 2004 Tsunami

The Politics of Collective Advocacy in India: Tools and Traps

Nandini Deo and Duncan McDuie-Ra

Nandini Deo and Duncan McDuie-Ra explore India's vibrant civil society sector, focusing on the ways that it actually operates "on the ground." Offering an insightful analysis, they identify what influences the relative success or failure of various movements; and the tools that activists use to overcome obstacles; the traps that often derail efforts to frame, politicize, and    More >

The Politics of Collective Advocacy in India: Tools and Traps

North Korea: Development, Human Rights, and Democracy

North Korea Modernization Research Group

How can members of the international donor community help to quickly improve the overall welfare of the North Korean people? What kind of sustainable development plan will enhance the long-term human rights situation in North Korea?  Will gains in development and human rights trigger political liberalization? The authors of this volume discuss these challenges and suggest concrete ideas to    More >

North Korea: Development, Human Rights, and Democracy

Artisans and Fair Trade: Crafting Development

Mary A. Littrell and Marsha A. Dickson

After agriculture and tourism, artisan work provides the next most significant source of income in many developing countries. Yet, there is strong disagreement among both politicians and development professionals as to whether the handicraft sector is worthy of investment—and the debate has been hampered by a lack of industry data. Mary Littrell and Marsha Dickson draw on their eight    More >

Artisans and Fair Trade: Crafting Development

Building State and Security in Afghanistan

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber with Robert P. Finn, editors

Bridging the pragmatic and the theoretical, leading scholars and policy analysts delve into the critical issues facing Afghanistan today. Their exploration of questions relating to security and peacekeeping, the rule of law, institutional design, mobilization of the economy, and relations within the region provides a crucial resource for understanding not only Afghanistan’s prospects, but    More >

Building State and Security in Afghanistan

Understanding Contemporary India, 2nd edition

Neil DeVotta, editor

Explaining the paradoxical nature of the world’s largest and most diverse democracy, this new edition of Understanding Contemporary India has been thoroughly revised to reflect nearly a decade of change. The book includes entirely new chapters on history, international relations, caste, and the role of women, as well as extensively updated material on politics, the economy, environmental    More >

Understanding Contemporary India, 2nd edition

Law and Democracy in South Korea: Democratic Development Since 1987

Dae-Kyu Yoon

The sweeping changes that have taken place in South Korea's governing institutions since the adoption of a new constitution in 1987 have affected and even transformed many aspects of Korean society. Dae-Kyu Yoon adopts a legal perspective to explore the trajectory of the country's democratic consolidation. Ranging from processes to structures to issues of social justice, he sheds important    More >

Law and Democracy in South Korea: Democratic Development Since 1987

China, the Developing World, and the New Global Dynamic

Lowell Dittmer and George T. Yu, editors

With China's rise as a major player in international affairs, how have its policies toward developing countries changed? And how do those policies now fit with its overall foreign policy goals? This timely book explores the complexities of China's evolving relationship with the developing world. The authors first examine the political and economic implications of China's efforts to    More >

China, the Developing World, and the New Global Dynamic

The Dynamics of Change in North Korea: An Institutionalist Perspective

Phillip H. Park

As North Korea struggles to cope with a failing economy, there have been clear signs of an incipient decentralization of governance, an expansion of private markets, and a growing sense of individualism within society. The origins, impact, and implications of these developments are thoroughly explored in The Dynamics of Change in North Korea. The authors consider both the nature of the ongoing    More >

The Dynamics of Change in North Korea: An Institutionalist Perspective

Forced Labor: Coercion and Exploitation in the Private Economy

Beate Andrees and Patrick Belser, editors

Two centuries after the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, at least 12.3 million people are subjected to modern forms of forced labor—in rich countries, as well as poor ones. The authors of Forced Labor present state-of-the art research on the manifestations of these slavery-like practices, why they continue to survive, and how they can be eliminated. Their conceptually rich    More >

Forced Labor: Coercion and Exploitation in the Private Economy

Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice in East Timor

James DeShaw Rae

Did the United Nations successfully help to build a just, peaceful state and society in postconflict East Timor? Has transitional justice satisfied local demands for accountability and/or reconciliation? What lessons can be learned from the UN’s efforts? Drawing on extensive field work, James DeShaw Rae offers a grassroots perspective on the relationship between peacebuilding and    More >

Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice in East Timor

China's Rural Development Policy: Exploring the "New Socialist Countryside"

Minzi Su

As China strives to achieve nothing less than a "harmonious society"—despite the pronounced and institutionalized class structure that divides rural Chinese from urban, eastern from western, and rich from poor— a key element of that effort is a "new socialist countryside." Minzi Su assesses the prospects for China's rural revitalization programs now in their    More >

China's Rural Development Policy: Exploring the "New Socialist Countryside"

Political Islam in Southeast Asia

Gordon P. Means

Gordon Means traces the evolution of Islamic politics in Southeast Asia, ranging from the early arrival of Islam in the region to the challenges it generates, and faces, today. Means’s analysis encompasses the events and actions shaping Islamic politics, as well as the impact of Islamic politics on government and public policy outcomes. It also offers insightful answers to such questions    More >

Political Islam in Southeast Asia

China and the Energy Equation in Asia: The Determinants of Policy Choice

Jean A. Garrison

Why does China act as it does in its pursuit of energy security? Are “resource wars” inevitable? Going beyond traditional analyses that focus on China as a regional and global threat, Jean Garrison sheds new light on the roots of the country’s energy policy and the constraints that it faces. Garrison eschews the zero-sum approaches that underlie much conceptualization of the    More >

China and the Energy Equation in Asia: The Determinants of Policy Choice

Coping with Facts: A Skeptic's Guide to the Problem of Development

Adam Fforde

Students and practitioners confronting the mass of competing assertions in the development literature—replete with contradictory "truths"—may well become frustrated. Adam Fforde offers guidance for the perplexed through a penetrating critique of that literature, presenting strategies that will help readers to evaluate the contending solutions to problems of development.    More >

Coping with Facts: A Skeptic's Guide to the Problem of Development

China's Rise and the Two Koreas: Politics, Economics, Security

Scott Snyder

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! With China now South Korea's number one trading partner and destination for foreign investment and tourism, what are the implications for politics and security in East Asia? Scott Snyder explores the transformation of the Sino–South Korean relationship since the early 1990s. Snyder considers the strategic significance of recent developments in    More >

China's Rise and the Two Koreas:  Politics, Economics, Security

Collective Violence in Indonesia

Ashutosh Varshney, editor

Since the end of Suharto's so-called New Order (1966-1998) in Indonesia and the eruption of vicious group violence, a number of questions have engaged the minds of scholars and other observers. How widespread is the group violence? What forms—ethnic, religious, economic—has it primarily taken? Have the clashes of the post-Suharto years been significantly more widespread, or worse,    More >

Collective Violence in Indonesia

Hope in Heaven [a DVD directed by Meredith Ralston and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland]

Meredith Ralston

Mila works at Heaven, a little bar on "blowjob alley" in Angeles city, the Philippines. Once the site of the United States Clark Air Force Base, the city is now one of the busiest and sleaziest sex tourist destination in Southeast Asia. Mila lives in tremendous hope that someday a customer will rescue her from Heaven and take her to America. In the Philippines, prostitution is not    More >

Hope in Heaven [a DVD directed by Meredith Ralston and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland]

Living Our Religions: Hindu and Muslim South Asian-American Women Narrate Their Experiences

Anjana Narayan and Bandana Purkayastha

Living Our Religions sheds important light on the lives of Hindu and Muslim American women of South Asian origin. As the authors reveal their diverse and culturally dynamic religious practices, describe the race, gender, and ethnic boundaries that they encounter, and document how they resist and challenge these boundaries, they cut through the myths and ethnocentrism of popular portrayals to    More >

Living Our Religions: Hindu and Muslim South Asian-American Women Narrate Their Experiences

Reluctant Bedfellows: Feminism, Activism and Prostitution in the Philippines

Meredith Ralston and Edna Keeble

This book outlines key facets of the authors' five year development project on sex tourism and prostitution in the Philippines, and is a powerful reflection on the raging debates taking place among feminists about the Third World. Ralston and Keeble follow the history of prostitution in former military outpost Angeles City, the women and foreign men who live by the trade and the varied    More >

Reluctant Bedfellows: Feminism, Activism and Prostitution in the Philippines

China's New Role in Africa

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor explores the nature and implications of China's burgeoning role in Africa, arguing that Beijing is using Africa not only as a source of needed raw materials and potential new markets, but also to bolster its own position on the international stage. After tracing the history of Sino-African relations, Taylor addresses key current issues: What will be the long-term consequences,    More >

China's New Role in Africa

Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan

Bruce Gilley and Larry Diamond, editors

How might China become a democracy? And what lessons, if any, might Taiwan's experience of democratization hold for China's future? The authors of this volume consider these questions, both through comparisons of Taiwan's historical experience with the current period of economic and social change in the PRC, and through more focused analysis of China's current, and possible future,    More >

Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan

Democratic Reform in Japan: Assessing the Impact

Sherry L. Martin and Gill Steel, editors

Widespread dissatisfaction in Japan in the 1990s set the stage for numerous political reforms aimed at enhancing representation and accountability. But have these reforms in fact improved the quality of Japanese democracy? Through the lens of this question, the authors explore contemporary Japanese politics at the national, local, and grassroots levels. Their systematic analysis of when and how    More >

Democratic Reform in Japan: Assessing the Impact

Taiwan's Security Policy: External Threats and Domestic Politics

Michael S. Chase

Confounding expectations, Taiwan reduced its military spending for many years even as its sole adversary, the People's Republic of China, modernized its military and significantly increased its defense budget. Michael Chase examines the key factors that have shaped Taiwan's security policy over a span of three decades. Chase explores both the role of US security assurances in formulating    More >

Taiwan's Security Policy: External Threats and Domestic Politics

Party Politics in East Asia: Citizens, Elections, and Democratic Development

Russell J. Dalton, Doh Chull Shin, and Yun-han Chu, editors

Assessing the trajectory of democratization in East Asia, this volume offers a systematic and tightly integrated analysis of party-system development in countries across the region. The authors utilize unprecedented cross-national survey data to examine the institutional structure of party systems, the range of choices these systems represent, and their connection to voting preferences. They also    More >

Party Politics in East Asia: Citizens, Elections, and Democratic Development

How NGOs React: Globalization and Education Reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia

Iveta Silova and Gita Steiner-Khamsi

How NGOs React follows the Soros Foundation's educational reform programs in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia and raises larger questions about the role of NGOs in a centralist government, relationships NGOs have with international donors and development banks, and strategies NGOs use to interpret global reforms locally. The authors, all former or current educational experts of the    More >

How NGOs React: Globalization and Education Reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia

Asia's New Regionalism

Ellen L. Frost

As the political drive to establish closer ties among Asian governments continues to gain momentum, there has been much debate about the realities of Asian regionalism. Does the community-building activity in fact signal the birth of "Asia Major"? What are the obstacles to integration? And is integration a positive trend for the region and for external actors? Sifting rhetoric from    More >

Asia's New Regionalism

Japan in International Politics: The Foreign Policies of an Adaptive State

Thomas U. Berger, Mike M. Mochizuki, and Jitsuo Tsuchiyama, editors

How have shifts in both the international environment and domestic politics affected the trajectory of Japanese foreign policy? Does it still make sense to depict Japan as passive and reactive, or have the country's leaders become strategic and proactive? Japan in International Politics presents a nuanced picture of Japanese foreign policy, emphasizing the ways in which slow, adaptive changes,    More >

Japan in International Politics: The Foreign Policies of an Adaptive State

Globalization and Change in Asia

Dennis A. Rondinelli and John M. Heffron, editors

Globalization and Change in Asia explores three decades of adjustment on the part of governments, civil society, and the private sector to the complex new forces of international competition. Recognizing that the benefits of globalization have not accrued equally to all Asian countries, nor to all stratums of society, the authors seek lessons that can help shape development policy to effect the    More >

Globalization and Change in Asia

Money Politics in Japan: New Rules, Old Practices

Matthew Carlson

Have the far-reaching political reforms enacted in Japan more than a decade ago succeeded in reducing corruption and the high costs of elections? Or have the results been "business as usual"? Matthew Carlson analyzes the ebb and flow of money in Japanese politics, drawing on extensive fieldwork and detailed campaign-finance data to investigate campaign practices, party strategies, and    More >

Money Politics in Japan: New Rules, Old Practices

Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific

Katherine Palmer Kaup, editor

Covering China, Japan, the Koreas, and all of the ASEAN member states, Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific provides a comprehensive introduction to one of the most complex and rapidly changing regions in the world today. This accessible, up-to-date volume is designed to be used as a core text for "Introduction to Asia" and "Asian Politics" courses and also as a supplement    More >

Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific

Power and Security in Northeast Asia: Shifting Strategies

Byung-Kook Kim and Anthony Jones, editors

As China's influence rises and the US attempts to retain its primacy in Northeast Asia, the countries of the region are reconsidering their own security needs—and availing themselves of new opportunities. Power and Security in Northeast Asia explores the complexities of current security strategies in the region, revealing motivations and policies not often considered by traditional    More >

Power and Security in Northeast Asia: Shifting Strategies

Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy

Roland Rich

What does democracy look like in Pacific Asia? Can democratic governance in the region survive the challenges of corruption, violence, and soft authoritarianism? What impact are economic pressures likely to have? These are among the broad questions tackled in Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy, a comparative study of democratic structures and practices in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea,    More >

Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy

Kashmir: New Voices, New Approaches

Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, Bushra Asif, and Cyrus Samii, editors

Uniquely representing all sides in the conflict over Kashmir, this innovative new book provides a forum for discussion not only of existing proposals for ending the conflict, but also of possible new paths toward settlement.   Contributors from India, Pakistan, and Kashmir explore the national and subnational dimensions of the ongoing hostilities, the role of the international community,    More >

Kashmir: New Voices, New Approaches

Asia Pacific in World Politics

Derek McDougall

In this thorough, analytical introduction to Asia Pacific's dynamic role in contemporary world politics, Derek McDougall focuses on the region's major state actors—China, Japan, and the US—as well as on the conflicts involving Taiwan and Korea, developments in Southeast Asia, and the influences of Russia, Australia, and a range of international organizations. McDougall covers    More >

Asia Pacific in World Politics

The Changing Dynamics of Southeast Asian Politics

Jörn Dosch

Focusing on the nexus between global, regional, and national dynamics in Southeast Asia, Jörn Dosch explores the profound political changes that have occurred in recent years both within the region and in its international relations. Dosch first examines the realm of foreign policy, with an emphasis on the link between democratization and the conduct of foreign affairs. Subsequent chapters    More >

The Changing Dynamics of Southeast Asian Politics

Citizen Power, Politics, and the "Asian Miracle": Reassessing the Dynamics

O. Fiona Yap

Departing from characterizations of Asian governments as benevolent overlords and Asian citizens as politically naive and/or docile, Fiona Yap explores the dynamic interactions between state and citizenry in the arena of economic policies.   Yap focuses on the cases of Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan to show that, with the strategic use of activities ranging from labor unrest    More >

Citizen Power, Politics, and the "Asian Miracle": Reassessing the Dynamics

China in World Politics: Policies, Processes, Prospects, 2nd Edition

Judith F. Kornberg and John R. Faust

Introducing students to China's foreign policy, the authors outline the political, security, economic, and social issues the country faces in the emerging 21st century. Each chapter of the book familiarizes the reader with the Chinese framework for analyzing the issues in question. Alternate policy choices are suggested, along with supporting data for each course of action. Discussion and    More >

China in World Politics: Policies, Processes, Prospects, 2nd Edition

Making China Policy: From Nixon to G.W. Bush

Jean A. Garrison

What explains the twists and turns in US-China relations since Richard Nixon initiated a policy of engagement in the early 1970s? Addressing this question, Jean Garrison examines the politics behind US China policy across six administrations from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.   Garrison finds that a focus on the internal decisionmaking process is key to understanding both continuity and    More >

Making China Policy: From Nixon to G.W. Bush

China's Nuclear Future

Paul J. Bolt and Albert S. Willner, editors

In the face of significant changes in the contemporary geopolitical environment, China's longstanding policy of maintaining a minimal nuclear stockpile may also be shifting. China's Nuclear Future provides a comprehensive overview of both the evolution of China's nuclear policy and the strategic implications of current developments.   The authors examine a full range of issues,    More >

China's Nuclear Future

Searching for Peace in Asia Pacific: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

Annelies Heijmans, Nicola Simmonds, and Hans van de Veen, editors

Third in an acclaimed series, Searching for Peace in Asia Pacific offers critical background information, up-to-date surveys of the conflicts in the region and a directory of some 400 relevant organizations working in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The authors provide detailed, objective descriptions of ongoing activities, as well as assessments of the prospects for conflict    More >

Searching for Peace in Asia Pacific: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

Japan's Security Agenda: Military, Economic, and Environmental Dimensions

Christopher W. Hughes

Long constrained as a security actor by constitutional as well as external factors, Japan now increasingly is called to play a greater role in stabilizing both the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international system. Japan's Security Agenda explores the country's diplomatic, political, military, and economic concerns and policies within this new context.   Hughes looks closely    More >

Japan's Security Agenda: Military, Economic, and Environmental Dimensions

Buddhism at Work: Community Development, Social Empowerment and the Sarvodaya Movement

George D. Bond

In Buddhism at Work, George Bond explores the vision and evolution of Sri Lanka's Sarvodaya Shramadana movement—now an international movement and NGO—whose individual and group members promote Gandhian and Buddhist ideals as they seek to bring about political and economic change through grassroots cooperative work.    More >

Buddhism at Work: Community Development, Social Empowerment and the Sarvodaya Movement

The Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh: On the Difficult Road to Peace

Amena Mohsin

  Ending a two-decade-long armed insurgency, the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord was signed in December 1997 by the government of Bangladesh and the PCJSS, the political representative of the Hill people. However, because of ambiguities within the accord and the failure to implement many of its crucial elements, the situation in the CHT today is far from peaceful. Amena Mohsin    More >

The Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh: On the Difficult Road to Peace

China and India: Cooperation or Conflict?

Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu and Jing-dong Yuan

The hardline view of Sino-Indian relations found in the published reports of Indian and Chinese security analysts is often at considerable odds with the more tempered opinions those same analysts express in private interviews and conversations. What is the reality of the increasingly important security relationship between the two countries? The authors of this new study address that question in    More >

China and India: Cooperation or Conflict?

Security and Southeast Asia: Domestic, Regional, and Global Issues

Alan Collins

From internal oppression in Burma to interstate conflict in the South China Sea, the people of Southeast Asia face a range of threats. This book identifies and explains the security challenges confronting the region. Collins addresses the full spectrum of security issues, discussing the impact of ethnic tensions and competing political ideologies, the evolving role of ASEAN, and Southeast    More >

Security and Southeast Asia: Domestic, Regional, and Global Issues

Militant Islam in Southeast Asia: Crucible of Terror

Zachary Abuza

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! Islamic extremism in Southeast Asia has moved beyond a matter of local concern to one of global significance—as the events of the past decade have so clearly demonstrated. Drawing on intensive on-the-ground investigation and interviews with key militants, Zachary Abuza explains the emergence of radical Islamist groups in the region, examines Al-Qaida's    More >

Militant Islam in Southeast Asia: Crucible of Terror

Japan: The Burden of Success

Jean-Marie Bouissou

On publication in France, Jean-Marie Bouissou's depiction of modern Japan was acclaimed as "the best of its kind." This English-language translation has been updated to cover events through 2001 and augmented with an overview of Japan's pre-1945 historical legacy. In the tradition of French scholarship—which rejects a narrowly focused approach—the book encompasses all    More >

Japan: The Burden of Success

North Korea: The Politics of Unconventional Wisdom

Han S. Park

Despite isolation, an impoverished economy, mass starvation, and the challenge of leadership succession, North Korea's socialist state continues to survive. Han Park explores the reasons for this resilience, concentrating on the implications of mass beliefs and political ideology for the country's political life. Park begins with an examination of Juche, or self-reliance, the ideology    More >

North Korea: The Politics of Unconventional Wisdom

Explaining ASEAN: Regionalism in Southeast Asia

Shaun Narine

Is ASEAN the foundation of a strong regional community in Southeast Asia? Or is it no more than an instrument used by its members to advance their individual interests? Addressing these questions, Shaun Narine offers a comprehensive political analysis of ASEAN from its creation in 1967 through the events of 2001.   Reflecting both the accomplishments and the limitations of the organization,    More >

Toward Normalizing U.S.-Korea Relations: In Due Course?

Edward A. Olsen

Considering the future of U.S.-Korea relations, Edward Olsen first provides a rich assessment of the political, economic, and strategic factors that have shaped—and flawed—U.S. policy toward the Korean peninsula since WWII.   Olsen suggests that the prospect of permanent separation has become integral to U.S. policy toward both Korean states. Offering counterintuitive    More >

Toward Normalizing U.S.-Korea Relations: In Due Course?

Peacekeeping in East Timor: The Path to Independence

Michael G. Smith (with Moreen Dee), with forewords by Sergio Vieira de Mello and Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao

The UN intervention in East Timor amply illustrates the type of complex operation that the United Nations increasingly is being asked to undertake. Michael Smith analyzes the successes and failures of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), which was designed to work in partnership with the East Timorese in guiding the country to independence following the 1999 vote to secede    More >

Peacekeeping in East Timor: The Path to Independence

Malaysia: State and Civil Society in Transition

Vidhu Verma

Vidhu Verma tracks two simultaneous processes in Malaysia: the increasing aspirations for democratic governance, and the emergence of the Islamic party as a major force in Malaysian politics.   Verma argues that rapid and often forced modernization and development have created severe tensions in contemporary Malaysia, providing Islamist parties with the space to create a political-cultural    More >

Malaysia: State and Civil Society in Transition

Renovating Politics in Contemporary Vietnam

Zachary Abuza

Moving from the 1950s to the present, Zachary Abuza explores Vietnamese politics and culture through the lens of the internal debates over political reform. Abuza focuses on issues of representation, intellectual freedom, the rise of civil society, and the emergence of a "loyal opposition," assessing the prospects for change. He finds that, while some mildly dissident groups may add    More >

The Armies of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Koreas

Dennis Van Vranken Hickey

This comprehensive study provides a detailed analysis of the military buildup in the East Asian countries: China, Taiwan, Japan, and North and South Korea. Hickey assesses the capabilities, strategies, intentions, and performance of each government's military in the context of the potential for regional instability and conflict. In his concluding chapter, he also explores U.S. objectives in the    More >

The Armies of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Koreas

From Opposition to Power: Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party

Shelley Rigger

On March 18, 2000, Taiwan's voters stunned the world by choosing Chen Shui-bian, the candidate of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), to be their president. A host of new issues quickly became the subject of debate. What is the DPP? Where did it come from and what does it stand for? How will it use its newly won power? Will it risk war with mainland China in pursuit of    More >

State and Nation in South Asia

Swarna Rajagopalan

What makes a national community out of a state? Addressing this fundamental question, Rajagopalan studies national integration from the perspective of three South Asian communities—Tamilians in India, Sindhis in Pakistan, and Tamils in Sri Lanka—that have a history of secessionism in common, but with vastly different outcomes. Rajagopalan investigates why integration is relatively    More >

State and Nation in South Asia

Consolidating Democracy in South Korea

Larry Diamond and Byung-Kook Kim, editors

Since its inception in 1987, Korean democracy has been an arena of continual drama and baffling contradictions: periodic waves of societal mobilization and disenchantment; initial continuity in political leadership, followed by the successive election to the presidency of two former opposition leaders and the arrest of two former heads of state; a constant stream of party renamings and    More >

China UnderJiang Zemin

Hung-mao Tien and Yun-han Chu, editors

China Under Jiang Zemin represents the first major scholarly effort to analyze the evolution of China’s new leadership, taking as its starting point the pivotal Fifteenth Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, held in September 1997. Proceeding from a detailed portrait of the political landscape at the opening of the Jiang Zemin era, the authors provide rich detail of the various    More >

Building Democracy in South Asia: India, Nepal, Pakistan

Maya Chadda

This original analysis of South Asia's political experience with democracy in the 1990s assumes that, if democratic norms are to be universalized, they must first absorb the interpretations and experiences of the non-Western countries. Chadda contends that any discussion of democratization must be founded on mapping its course amid the constraints of state consolidation, national integration,    More >

India's Nuclear Security

Raju G. C. Thomas & Amit Gupta, editors

The nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests conducted by India and Pakistan in the late 1990s have substantially altered the security environment, both in the region and globally. Examining the complexities, controversies, and dynamics of this new strategic context, India's Nuclear Security explores India's motivations for becoming a nuclear weapons state, its proposed nuclear and missile    More >

India's Nuclear Security

Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China

Katherine Palmer Kaup

Managing ethnic nationalism within the People's Republic of China has become increasingly challenging. As new reforms widen economic disparities between minorities and the Han majority, even the most assimilated of minorities, the Zhuang, have begun to demand special treatment from the central government. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officially recognized the sixteen million Zhuang as    More >

Women Farmers and Commercial Ventures: Increasing Food Security in Developing Countries

Anita Spring, editor

Women around the world are entering commercial agriculture—and often succeeding—despite development policies designed to exclude them. In this comparative volume, case studies reveal that farm women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are rapidly becoming more than “subsistence producers. The authors explore the societal and domestic changes brought about as women move from    More >

Untouchable: Dalits in Modern India

S.M. Michael, editor

Exploring the enduring legacy of untouchability in India, this book challenges the ways in which the Indian experience has been represented in Western scholarship. The authors introduce the long tradition of Dalit emancipatory struggle and present a sustained critique of academic discourse on the dynamics of caste in Indian society. Case studies complement these arguments, underscoring the perils    More >

Dilemmas of Reform in Jiang Zemin's China

Andrew J. Nathan, Zhaohui Hong, and Steven R. Smith, editors

As China enters a stage of economic reform more challenging and risky than any that has gone before, the pressure for political liberalization grows apace. This volume explores the dilemmas of this new phase of complex change. The authors—most of whom write with the insight that comes from having lived and worked within the Chinese system—analyze how the evolution of China’s    More >

Women's Rights to House and Land: China, Laos, and Vietnam

Irene Tinker and Gale Summerfield, editors

Gender disparities frequently accompany rapid socioeconomic change, as cultural traditions that protected women—even as they constrained them—collapse in the face of development reforms. This collaborative volume, involving both Asian and U.S. scholars, explores the impact of changes in women’s rights to housing and land in three socialist countries that are moving toward market    More >

The Golden Phoenix: Seven Contemporary Korean Short Stories

Suh Ji-moon, translator and editor

These seven stories, dramatic and thought-provoking, provide a compelling picture of Korean life in the 1940s–1990s. Family and community ties, respect for tradition, survival in the face of repeated national disasters and wrenching social upheaval—these are among the themes evoked in the collection. The narratives make palpable the lives and emotions of characters from many differing    More >

Transition from Communism in China: Institutional and Comparative Analyses

Edwin A. Winckler, editor

This volume deepens analysis of China’s transition from communism and places the Chinese case in comparative and theoretical perspective. Six chapters probe the transition process in the three main sectors of the Chinese party-state—military and police, taxation and investment, and social and cultural policies. Introductory and concluding sections address post-Leninist transitions more    More >

Restructuring Political Power in China: Alliances and Opposition, 1978-1998

An Chen

This systematic study of China's structural transformation during the past two decades emphasizes the balance-of-power game so ably played by Deng Xiaoping and others among the post-Mao national leadership. Chen argues that to prevent party cadre opposition to market restructuring—the nemesis of change in other communist states—national leaders manipulated legislative channels and    More >

Development and Democracy in India

Shalendra D. Sharma

This broad, historically grounded study examines the relationship between democratic governance and economic development in postindependence India (1947-1998). Sharma addresses the fundamental paradox of India’s political economy: why have five decades of democratically guided strategies failed to reconcile economic growth with redistribution or to mitigate the condition of extreme poverty    More >

Japan's Navy: Politics and Paradox

Peter J. Woolley

Japan’s navy, after that of the United States, is now the most potent in the Pacific Ocean. This book examines the development and potential of the Japanese navy in the context of the U.S.–Japan alliance. Woolley presents Japan’s coming of age as a military—primarily naval—power in a series of case studies on sea-lane defense, minesweeping, and participation in UN    More >

International Policy Institutions Around the Pacific Rim: A Directory of Resources in East Asia, Australasia, and the Americas

Ramón Bahamonde

This major compendium identifies the approximately three hundred key institutional resources on international political and economic affairs available throughout the Pacific Basin—in East and Southeast Asia, Australia, Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Pacific–oriented countries of South America. Organized by country/region, the Directory highlights each institution's    More >

China's Security: The New Roles of the Military

Mel Gurtov and Byong-Moo Hwang

This fresh appraisal of China’s military establishment in transition emphasizes the interplay of domestic and external forces. Showing how economic, technological, bureaucratic, and international factors have substantially reshaped Chinese military thinking and behavior, the authors question the popular perception of a “China threat.” Their closely reasoned analysis underscores    More >

Women in Muslim Societies: Diversity Within Unity

Herbert L. Bodman and Nayereh Tohidi, editors

Study after study of women in the Muslim world has focused primarily on Middle Eastern societies, usually emphasizing the sexual ideology of a reified Islam. This book rounds out that view, exploring the status, roles, and contributions of Muslim women not only in the Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia, including post-Soviet Central Asia. The authors, many of them from the countries they    More >

The Media Enthralled: Singapore Revisited

Francis T. Seow

Once a proud and independent institution, the Singapore press was brought to its knees by threats, arbitrary arrests and detentions, general harassment, and litigation during Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's administration. Singapore's former solicitor general, Francis T. Seow, tells this story, documenting the demise of the Eastern Sun, the Nanyang Siang Pau, and the Singapore Herald (among other    More >

Spirits Captured in Stone: Shamanism and Traditional Medicine Among the Taman of Borneo

Jay H. Bernstein

This fascinating case study focuses on shamanism and the healing practices of the Taman, a formerly tribal society indigenous to the interior of Borneo. The Taman typically associate illness with an encounter with spirits that both seduce and torment a person in dreams or waking life. Rather than use medicines to counter the effect of these discomforting visitors, the shamans—called    More >

Taiwan's Security in the Changing International System

Dennis Van Vranken Hickey

One of the most critical tasks facing Taiwan's government in the post-Cold War era is the need to reassess its security environment. In this context, Hickey discusses the island's security concerns, the structure and composition of its armed forces, and its defensive strategy. He also explores the opportunities and challenges for Taipei generated by recent transformations in the international    More >

Muslim Women Throughout the World: A Bibliography

Michelle Kimball and Barbara R. von Schlegell

This comprehensive, up-to-date bibliography covers nearly 3,000 English-language books and articles on Muslim women throughout the world. Works are listed alphabetically by author, with an extensive index including both geographical and topical headings. A special feature of the bibliography is its annotated list of the 50 "most highly recommended" books and articles; the result of a    More >

Lane With No Name: Memoirs and Poems of a Malaysian-Chinese Girlhood

Hilary Tham

Hilary Tham's memoirs reveal the many images, cultures, myths, and memories out of which her poetry has emerged. Tham recalls a life of many textures: her Chinese ancestry, her family's life in Malaysia, her early education and conversion to Christianity, her university studies, marriage to a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, and more. Amidst memories of her raffish father and inspired, overworked    More >

Mixed Motives, Uncertain Outcomes: Defense Conversion in China

Jorn Brömmelhörster and John Frankenstein, editors

Mixed Motives, Uncertain Outcomes looks critically at China's efforts to adapt its vast military- industrial complex to the service of its socialist market economy. The authors—all of whom have witnessed or participated first-hand in the country's defense conversion—offer political, macroeconomic, business, and military perspectives on this complex issue. The book places the    More >

The Multilateral Development Banks: Volume 2, The Asian Development Bank

Nihal Kappagoda

The multilateral banks are powerful forces in the international community, providing loans of more than $250 billion to developing countries over the last half-century. The best-known of these, the World Bank, has been studied extensively, but the "regional development banks" are little understood, even within their own geographic regions. This book looks specifically at the policies    More >

Child of Two Worlds: The Autobiography of a Filipino-American ... or Vice-Versa

Norman Reyes, illustrated by Pete Sapasap

A richly detailed chronicle of a cross-cultural odyssey in the Philippines under U.S. colonial rule. The son of a Filipino father and a North American (Brooklyn-born) mother, Norman Reyes describes a childhood that was divided between two worlds—a mestizo life shaped by the violent drama of historical events. His fast-paced book builds in tension as the assumed safety of Philippine society    More >

State and Society in China's Political Economy: The Cultural Dynamics of Socialist Reform

Chih-yu Shih

As China's reforms take root, the differences between the traditional value of harmony and the socialist norm of class struggle are becoming increasingly obscured. Chinese citizens are, in fact, theoretically allowed—even encouraged—to be socialist and profit-driven at the same time. Chih-yu Shih looks at this precarious dyad, demonstrating what reform has done to the country's    More >

Imperial Burdens: Countercolonialism in Former French India

William F.S. Miles

Few people are aware that, throughout the British raj, France managed to retain a foothold in parts of India. French India survived for a full fifteen years after the Union Jack was lowered in Delhi, and as a result of French colonization, there remain today, scattered throughout the Union Territory of Pondicherry, thousands of ethnic Indians who still possess French citizenship. The ensuing    More >

Imperial Burdens: Countercolonialism in Former French India

Modern Rice Technology and Income Distribution in Asia

Cristina David and Keijiro Otsuka, editors

Two decades have passed since the introduction of modern rice varieties (MVs) and their accompanying technology in Asia. This volume looks at seven Asian countries—with widely diverse production environments and agrarian and policy structures—to determine to what extent the adoption of MVs only in the irrigated and the favorable rainfed-lowland areas has exacerbated inequalities in the    More >

Population and Environment in China

Qu Geping and Li Jinchang

Professors Qu and Li incorporate the results of historical research, current analysis, and forecasting to discuss the relationship between human population and the environment in China. Proposing ways that the PRC can move from vicious to positive cycles, they offer creative recommendations for overcoming the current crisis and promoting development. A valuable scientific basis for China's policy    More >

Tahitian Transformation: Gender and Capitalist Development in a Rural Society

Victoria S. Lockwood

As culturally diverse, non-Western communities are drawn into the international division of labor, capitalism takes root in a number of ways. This book describes how capitalism has become a part of the lives of rural Tahitians, starting with the arrival of Westerners to the islands and detailing the nature of the transformation wrought by missionaries, merchants, and French    More >

China's Just World: The Morality of Chinese Foreign Policy

Chih-yu Shih

Looking at China's foreign policy, this book focuses on the Confucian-based need of Chinese leaders to present themselves as the supreme moral rectifiers of the world order. Shih outlines the diplomatic principles cherished by the Chinese—socialism, antihegemonism, peaceful coexistence, statism, and isolationism—and explores how each has been applied in the past forty years. He    More >

Singular Stories: Tales from Singapore

Robert Yeo, editor

At the beginning of the 1980s, Singapore’s public relied largely on a literary diet of traditional British and North American authors. By 1990, however, books by Singaporeans were rapidly replacing imports on the bestseller lists and in the review columns. Singular Stories exemplifies the range of the new Singaporean prose. The pieces in this diverse collection explore the conflict between    More >

China Opens Its Doors: The Politics of Economic Transition

Jude Howell

China Opens Its Doors explains and documents the complex relationship between the politics and economics of China's recent "Open Policy," covering the period from 1978 up to the Party Congress of November 1992. Though emphasizing the political essence of this policy process, Howell also looks at the sociopolitical changes that it has engendered, including its impact on the state and    More >

Dharma and Development: Religion as Resource in the Sarvodaya Self-Help Movement

Joanna Macy

Dharma and Development is unique in describing in concrete terms how a village movement in Sri Lanka draws on indigenous cultural and religious values to redefine the nature and purpose of development; mobilizes and motivates popular participation in development projects; and mounts distinctive organizing strategies. In so doing, it illustrates the relevance of religious traditions for any    More >

Dharma and Development: Religion as Resource in the Sarvodaya Self-Help Movement

The Everlasting Rock [a novel]

Feng Zong-Pu, translated by Aimee Lykes

This political, and darkly romantic novel centers on Mei Puti, a "forty-something" professor of literature, who suffers during the Cultural Revolution because of her heritage as part of the old elite.    More >

The Everlasting Rock [a novel]

India's Industrialists

Gita Piramal and Margaret Laniak Herdeck

This study of thirteen of India's leading industrial families pays particular attention to the key decisions, cultural traditions, and personality issues that have contributed to their success. Based on interviews with scholars, journalists, government officials, and the business leaders themselves, the book covers each family business from its founding through its expansion into a large-scale,    More >

Journal of East Asian Studies

edited by Stephan Haggard, with associate editors Yun-han Chu, Byung-Kook Kim, Xiaobo Lu, Andrew MacIntyre, and Yoshihide Soeya

Experts from around the globe come together in this important peer-reviewed forum to present compelling social science research on the entire East Asia region. Topics include democratic governance, military security, political culture, economic cooperation, human rights, and environmental concerns. Thought-provoking book reviews enhance each issue.  Want more information information on    More >

Journal of East Asian Studies

Asian Perspective

Melvin Gurtov, editor

Asian Perspective presents critical analysis of the global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Northeast Asia. The journal brings cogent, thought-provoking examination of the significant developments in Asia and the world and promotes a healthy exchange of ideas among scholars, students, and policymakers. Published in association with the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam    More >

Asian Perspective