This is the second edition of the "International Relations of Asia." Much has happened since its first edition in 2008, such as the Global Financial Crisis, and the change of different political ...

The editors in this book are old hands of ASEAN. Together Chia Siow Yee and Michael Plummers have had more than fifty years of looking at ASEAN. Thus, they are bound to write a thoughtful, sensible, ...

Argentina is considered an economic basket case due to its default on its international loans, especially to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). While the blame is often squarely put on the ...

The very title "China, 1; the United States and its allies, 0" is a quick give-away that the author, James M.Fones II, sees the Sino-US relationship from the zero sum standpoint. All gains acquired ...

Conflicts, either of the low intensity or high intensity nature, come with immense human lives and cost. But, if accumulated over a long period of time, spanning more than one hundred years, can ...

"South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia," as written by Bill Hayton, has got everything right, except, the fluid nature of the issue.South China Sea is often seen through the prism of a ...

By the accounts of IMF and World Bank, Southeast Asia will have a growth rate twice that of the member states of OECD. This trend is expected to last well beyond 2020, extending all the way into ...

Amy Chua is one of the most talented political scientists in Yale University. But her books, like the "World on Fire," written in 2003, tend to be alarmist tracts. Globalization and the promotion of ...

From the standpoint of Fareed Zakaria in "The Post American World," the world is not an enigma. With emerging economies adopting various "killer apps", to borrow the phrase coined by Niall Ferguson, ...

Excellent books are hard to come by. Either they are too wordy, or, pretentious. "The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad," written by Fareed Zakaria, who hols a BA degree in ...

Western civilization is a social construct. It is not there writ large; as hidden underneath any civilization is a multitude of cultures, sub cultures; and even Bohemian way of life, that is anathema ...

"Why Nations Fail," follows a simple logic and narrative: that it is the awful politics of a country that sends a country careening into destruction. But, it is also a bewildering revelation: If the ...

Liberal arts, as opposed to the hard sciences, are often regarded as a weak discipline. The yield from a liberal arts degree is considerable less. That is if everything is measured in terms of pay ...

Universities, at least in the medieval ages, began as guilds and center of theocratic debates. It was a place where experts and specialists gather to debate, and exchange, their ideas. But over the ...

Sebastian Unger, a German historian, is a persuasive writer. He argues that history is at best a manufactured discipline. It focuses exclusively on what has already been made apparent. The history of ...

Most human beings will assume that they are connected to the larger whole. In other words, they will bear with them the "imagination," that they belong to a larger tribe, or, group of people, even if ...

Human civilizations have evolved from hunter-gatherers to states. The latter is described by Mancur Olson as "stationary bandits." They exist purely to extract and collect taxes; often through ...

Dueling and slavery, according to John Mueller, a political scientist at Ohio State University, have disappeared. Steven Pinker, a psychologist at Harvard University, isn't making the same argument. ...

What is more interesting than the human mind, Steven Pinker once asked ? But this is also a question that has been asked in many different ways, with a variety of theories to describe it. There are ...

Not all books are easy read. The word "anti Westernism," alone is enough to send a shudder down the spine of many readers. But this book is actually an exception. Originally written as a Ph.D. thesis ...

Words carry power more than they are ascribed. This is especially true with words that emanate from major diplomatic events. During the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, while key decisions were ...
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