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Book Alert   31st January 2009
Peace & Conflict in Africa / Francis, David J. - London: Zed Books, 2008

This book presents the first comprehensive overview of conflict and peace across the continent. Bringing together a range of leading academics from Africa and beyond, Peace and Conflict in Africa is an ideal introduction to key themes of conflict resolution, peace building, security and development. The book's stress on the importance of indigenous African approaches to creating peace makes it an innovative and exciting intervention in the field.

Israel and Syria: The Military Balance and Prospects of War / Cordesman, Anthony H. - - Westport: Praeger Security International2008

This book shows how a dangerous new conflict between both nations would cripple all strides in strategic gains and Israeli-Syrian diplomacy. On the other hand, peace negotiations would offer a safer, more productive relationship. Israel and Syria need to consider the true nature of their military balance and the undermining effect to both nations as well as the costs and risks of any future conflict. Although Syria does retain important options in terms of asymmetric and proxy conflicts, it would fail in its attempt to recapture the Golan.

East Asia's Haunted Present: Historical Memories and the Resurgnce of Nationalism / Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi - - Westport: Praeger Security International, 2008

This collection of essays by leading scholars from Japan, China, South Korea, and the United States examines how and why bitter historical memories have resurfaced in recent years as freshly virulent and contentious issues between Japan and its neighbors. And it seeks to identify what set of conditions and what sequence of measures will ever enable these modern nations to manage, palliate, and exorcise the wrongs of the past in a spirit of reconciliation, so that the dangerous growth of nationalist resentments and revanchism can be checked.

The Politics Extremism in South Asia / Ollapally, Deepa M. - - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008

South Asia is home to a range of extremist groups from the jihadists of Pakistan to the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. In the popular mind, extremism and terrorism are invariably linked to ethnic and religious factors. Yet the dominant history of South Asia is notable for tolerance and co-existence, despite highly plural societies. Deepa Ollapally examines extremist groups in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Northeast India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to offer a fresh perspective on the causes of extremism.

International Relations in South Asia: Search for an Alternative Paradigm Behera, Navnita Chadha - - Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2008

This book offers perspectives from various Asian countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India and captures contemporary thinking with articles that are being published for the first time. It is a compelling read for researchers and academicians working in the fields of political science, international relations, strategic/security studies and South Asian studies."

Changing Security Dynamics in Southeast Asia / Sisodia, N. S. - - New Delhi: Magnum Books, 2008

India's connections with Southeast Asia go back to historic times. With the seas being the primary medium of communications in those days, India acted as a bridge for trade between eastern Asia and the West. This interaction also witnessed a mutual exchange of political ideas, culture, religion, art and language between India and modern day Southeast Asia. India's relations with its extended neighbourhood have received a fillip with the formulation of its 'Look East' policy in early 1990s. Forging comprehensive and mutually beneficial bonds with Southeast Asia has been the cornerstone of this policy.

ASIA, SOUTH-HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Human Development in South Asia 2007: A Ten-year Review - - Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008

The 2007 report on Human Development in South Asia is the tenth report in the series of annual reports prepared by Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre. On this tenth anniversary, this report evaluates the actions that have followed the ten South Asia Human Development Reports produced and their impact on the people in the region. The report presents an in-depth and a comprehensive analysis of the achievements and challenges in human development of the region. In particular, the Report evaluates critically the performance in terms of economy and education for three major South Asian countries: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

ASIA-FOREIGN ECONOMIC RELATIONS Asia in the Global Economy: Finance, Trade and Investment / S. Rajan, Ramkishen - - London: World Scientific, 2008

: This book consists of 20 short essays on different dimensions of international economic policy with specific (though not exclusive) focus on Asia. Topics covered include: exchange rate regimes and reserve buildup in Asia; global macroeconomic imbalances; financial sector liberalization; international capital flows to and from Asia; infrastructure financing in Asia; foreign direct investment (FDI) flows, production networks, manufacturing and outsourcing in Asia; the economic rise of China and India; and trade, financial and monetary regionalism in Asia.

ASIA-SOUTHEAST-POLITICS & GOVERNMENT Society and Politics in Southeast Asia/ Jha, Ganganath - - New Delhi: Anamika Publishers, 2009

This study is an outcome of several papers presented at international seminars and workshops. The themes broadly include the issue of topical relevance, such as ethnicity, social and political problems, including the dynamics of disputes over the Spartlys in South China Sea.

SASIA-STRATEGIC AND DEFENCE IDSA Asian Strategic Review 2008/Muni, S. D. - - New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2008

IDSA Asian Strategic Review 2008, the second volume in the series of Annual Surveys revived by the Institute in the previous year, is divided intro six sections. The first section, on international security, discusses some significant developments in the Asian security landscape, while taking stock of the persisting, unresolved concerns.

Bangladesh: A silent security threat / Mishra, S.K. - - New Delhi: Radha Publications, 2008

India's security interests are inseparably interlinked with our neighbors in the subcontinent, passing through a phase of political, economic and strategic military development, the loud bangs of turmoil and conflict are clearly discernible in the sub-continent.

Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah: Tragic Hero of Kashmir / Bhattachrjea, Ajit. - - New Delhi: Roli Books, 2008

Sheikh Abdullah: Tragic Hero of Kashmir is the first comprehensive, well-documented account of the life of the charismatic leader, the Lion of Kashmir, who contributed crucially to the making of modern India in terms of territory and more importantly to its founding ideology of secularism.

An Outsider in Politics / Bose, Krishina - - New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2008

Married into the family of Subhas Chandra Bose, her acute yet sympathetic observations in An Outsider in Politics illuminate the changing world of the Kolkata intelligentsia from the 1940s to the present day. She writes vividly of her experiences as an academic and a working mother and gives a ringside view of the drama of election campaigns, the complexities of parliamentary politics and the forces shaping India's foreign policy at the turn of the new millennium.

Holder of the White Lotus: The lives of The Dalai Lama / Norman, Alexander - -London: Little, Brown, 2008

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is renowned the world over for an unswerving dedication to non-violence in his efforts to achieve justice for Tibet. In the twenty years he has known and worked with him, Alexander Norman has seen at first hand this extraordinary man's courage, compassion and honesty. But the current Dalai Lama is fourteenth in a lineage whose history is every bit as bloody and intrigue-laden as that of the Papacy.

Saddam Husain: The Hero of Modern Islam /Sharma, S.R. - - Jaipur: Indian Publishing House, 2008

British left the Iraq region in complete chaos in 1920. The period just after followed the path of violence and ethnic division. Saddam Husain. The son of a poor shepherd family. Who becomes director, the socialist, pan-Arab Iraqi nationalist? Is an offspring of that muddled history?

Biosecurity & Bioterrorism: Containing And Preventing Biological Threats / R. Ryan, Jeffrey - - Boston: Elsevier, 2008

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism is the first book to take a holistic approach to biosecurity with coverage of pathogens, prevention and response methodology. The book is organized into four thematic sections: Part I provides a conceptual understanding of biowarfare, bioterrorism and the laws we have to counteract this; Part II investigates known bioagents and the threat from emerging diseases; Part III focuses on agricultural terrorism and food security; Part IV outlines international, US, and local initiatives for biodefense and biosecurity. Case studies illustrate biodefense against both intentional terrorism and natural outbreaks.

Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics Entrepreneurship and the State /Huang, Yasheng - - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008

This book presents a story of two Chinas - an entrepreneurial rural China and a state-controlled urban China. In the 1980s, rural China gained the upper hand, and the result was rapid as well as broad-based growth. In the 1990s, urban China triumphed. In the 1990s, the Chinese state reversed many of its productive rural experiments, with long-lasting damage to the economy and society.

The Rise of China and International Security: America and Asia Respond/Cooney, Kevin J. - - London: Rutledge, 2009

PThis edited volume offers diverse and comprehensive views of China's rise and its implications to the East Asian region and beyond. The economic growth of China, initially started in the late-1970s with domestic and rural reforms, has been increasingly driven by China's industrialization and integration into the regional and global markets

Strong Borders, Secure Nation Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territrial Disputes / Fravel, M. Taylor - - Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008

The first comprehensive study of China's territorial disputes, Strong Borders, Secure Nation contends that China over the past sixty years has been more likely to compromise in these conflicts with its Asian neighbors and less likely to use force than many scholars or analysts might expect.

China's Military Modernization Building for Regional and Global Reach/ D. Fisher, Richard - - Westport: Praeger Security International, 2008

This volume examines the transformation of China's military over the past 15 years while projecting out to the next decade how China may act politically and militarily to defend its interests out into the next decade.

Mao-Tse-Tung on War: Strategy- - Dehradun: Natraj Publishers, 2008

This book contains his four most important discourses on warfare. The first section, on strategy in China's Revolutionary War, considers the rational and classical stratagems underlying the conduct of a successful war.

Globalization and Changes in China's Governance / Keping, Y U - - Leiden: Brill, 2008

China has witnessed great economic, political and societal changes since the reform and opening up in 1978. As China's economic system has been experiencing fundamental changes, China's structure of governance has also been substantially altered in response to globalization. A unique model of political development is underway in China, which differs considerably from those conceived under both traditional socialist and liberal Western models.

CHINA-TAIWAN RELATIONS Taiwan's Relations with Mainland China A tail wagging two dogs / Chi, Su - -London: Rutledge, 2009

Taiwan's Relations with Mainland China is the first book to deal with the role of Taiwan's leadership politics, including the personal political styles of Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian, in the development of Taiwan's mainland policy and the consequences for U.S.-Taiwan relations.

The Chinese in Southeast Asia and Beyond Socioeconomic and Political Dimensions Yen, Ching-Hwang - - London: World Scientific, 2008

The Chinese in Southeast Asia, with their growing economic clout, have been attracting attention from politicians, scholars and observers in recent decades. The rise of China as a global economic power and its profound influence over Southeast Asia has cast a spotlight on the role of Southeast Asian Chinese in the region's economic relations with China.

Causes and Patterns of Climate Change Gupta, Ishwar Das - - New Delhi: Adhyayan Publishers, 2008

This book on climate change brings within its purview an exploration of the processes and patterns in geographical paraphernalia which indicate the existence and extent of global warming, and what they imply for the world at large. Analyzing these developments and processes methodologically, the book assesses the various issues like crop production, rising sea level, and health and sanitation.

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