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International Cooperation for Enhancing Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards and Non-proliferation–60 Years of IAEA and EURATOM: Proceedings of the XX ... (Springer Proceedings in Physics Book 206)

by Luciano Maiani

This open access book examines key aspects of international cooperation to enhance nuclear safety, security, safeguards, and non-proliferation, thereby assisting in development and maintenance of the verification regime and fostering progress toward a nuclear weapon-free world. The book opens by addressing important political, institutional, and legal dimensions. Current challenges are discussed and attempts made to identify possible solutions and future improvements. Subsequent sections consider scientific developments that have the potential to increase the effectiveness of implementation of international regimes, particularly in critical areas, technology foresight, and the ongoing evaluation of current capabilities. The closing sections examine scientific and technical challenges and discuss the role of international cooperation and actions of the scientific community in leading the world toward peace and security. The book – which celebrates 60 years of IAEA Atoms for Peace and Development and the EURATOM Treaty – comprises contributions presented at the XX Edoardo Amaldi Conference, where eminent scientists, diplomats, and policymakers were able to compare national perspectives and update international collaborations.

Genre: Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths, Physics
Size: 220 pages
Free download for Kindle from 09 December 2019 onward  

Diplomacy and War: In Our Times

by Philip Wik

War is the greatest problem of our time. This problem isn't the place for illusions. The dimensions of analysis include war not just as a social, economic, geographical, and as a political dynamic. It's also an epistemic and moral failure.

In Politics In Our Times, I explore the way people influence others to achieve governance. War In Our Times is the second volume of this series. As von Clausewitz suggests, war is a kind of politics in that it achieves political objectives that cannot be achieved through soft power or through diplomacy. The title is also a play on the words "peace for our time" spoken by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain a year before Hitler invaded Poland. Thus, for Germany, war represented a continuation of politics while for the Allied Powers it represented a collapse of politics.

War can simultaneously reflect our highest ideals and most primitive instincts as we struggle to align means to ends. This duality is reflected in how the United States organizes military power. Through the 1940s, the United States conducted its military operations through the Department of War. Today, it conducts similar operations through the Department of Defense, an Orwellian word change that changes nothing.

I end this book with a chapter on how to negotiate with the North Koreans by repurposing a chapter I wrote a quarter century ago in How to Do Business With the People's Republic of China.

A lifetime of following international relations combined with measured skepticism in our ability not just to understand foreign cultures but to change events is largely what informs War In Our Times.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International
Size: 191 pages
Free download for Kindle from 08 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Making Medicines in Africa: The Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health (International Political Economy Series)

by Maureen Mackintosh

This book is open access under a CC-BY license. The importance of the pharmaceutical industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, its claim to policy priority, is rooted in the vast unmet health needs of the sub-continent. Making Medicines in Africa is a collective endeavour, by a group of contributors with a strong African and more broadly Southern presence, to find ways to link technological development, investment and industrial growth in pharmaceuticals to improve access to essential good quality medicines, as part of moving towards universal access to competent health care in Africa. The authors aim to shift the emphasis in international debate and initiatives towards sustained Africa-based and African-led initiatives to tackle this huge challenge. Without the technological, industrial, intellectual, organisational and research-related capabilities associated with competent pharmaceutical production, and without policies that pull the industrial sectors towards serving local health needs, the African sub-continent cannot generate the resources to tackle its populations' needs and demands.

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Industries & Professions, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Education & Reference, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy, Physics
Size: 360 pages
Free download for Kindle from 08 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
4 reviews

How Generations Remember: Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina (Global Diversities)

by Monika Palmberger

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book provides a profound insight into post-war Mostar, and the memories of three generations of this Bosnian-Herzegovinian city. Drawing on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, it offers a vivid account of how personal and collective memories are utterly intertwined, and how memories across the generations are reimagined and ‘rewritten’ following great socio-political change. Focusing on both Bosniak-dominated East Mostar and Croat-dominated West Mostar, it demonstrates that, even in this ethno-nationally divided city with its two divergent national historiographies, generation-specific experiences are crucial in how people ascribe meaning to past events. It argues that the dramatic and often brutal transformations that Bosnia and Herzegovina has witnessed have led to alterations in memory politics, not to mention disparities in the life situations faced by the different generations in present-day post-war Mostar. This in turn has created variations in memories along generational lines, which affect how individuals narrate and position themselves in relation to the country's history. This detailed and engaging work will appeal to students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, political science, history and oral history, particularly those with an interest in memory, post-socialist Europe and conflict studies.

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Military, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Ideologies, International, War & Peace
Size: 254 pages
Free download for Kindle from 08 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
4 reviews

Globalization and Capitalist Geopolitics (Open Access): Sovereignty and state power in a multipolar world (Rethinking Globalizations Book 60)

by Daniel Woodley

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Globalisation, International
Size: 291 pages
Free download for Kindle from 07 December 2019 onward  

Why Africa Matters

by Jon Shinaberry

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 23 pages
Free download for Kindle from 07 December 2019 onward  

India’s Rise: Toward Trade-Led Growth

by C. Fred Bergsten

A new study by C. Fred Bergsten shows that India could increase its exports by $500 billion per year by joining the next stage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Bergsten argues trade liberalization would enable India to increase its annual economic growth to 8 to 10 percent, as targeted by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Millions of new jobs would be created as a result, and poverty would be substantially further reduced. By contrast, India will lose as much as $50 billion of current exports because of increasing discrimination against it by other countries if it remains outside the new global trade network. This network includes the plurilateral agreements on international services, environmental goods, and government procurement now being negotiated in and around the World Trade Organization as well as the TPP and other megaregional arrangements. To be accepted into these agreements, India will have to implement the economic reform program proposed by the Modi government. It will also have to liberalize its own markets to international trade and investment in order to persuade other countries to open their markets to its exports. To join the TPP, or a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific as proposed by China that might succeed it, India will probably first have to join the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum within the next couple of years. President Barack Obama has welcomed India’s interest in APEC and, if India adopts the needed policy changes, should strongly support Indian membership.

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 07 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
4 reviews

The Wall: The Real Costs of a Barrier between the United States and Mexico (The Brookings Essay)

by Vanda Felbab-Brown

In her Brookings Essay, The Wall, Brookings Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown explains the true costs of building a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, including (but not limited to) the estimated $12 to $21.6 billion price tag of construction. Felbab-Brown explains the importance of the United States’ relationship with Mexico, on which the U.S. relies for cooperation on security, environmental, agricultural, water-sharing, trade, and drug smuggling issues. The author uses her extensive on-the-ground experience in Mexico to illustrate the environmental and community disruption that the construction of a wall would cause, while arguing that the barrier would do nothing to stop illicit flows into the United States. She recalls personal interviews she has had with people living in border areas, including a woman whose family relies on remittances from the U.S., a teenager trying to get out of a local gang, and others.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, International
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 04 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.40 / 5
3 reviews

The Future of Land Warfare (Geopolitics in the 21st Century)

by Michael E. O'Hanlon

Genre: Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International
Size: 270 pages
Free download for Kindle from 03 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.30 / 5
8 reviews

BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD: How the Global Elite Drown Poor Nations in a Sea of Debt (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 6)

by James Morcan

Dedicated to the impoverished in forgotten places of the world, this book questions whether the likes of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United States Agency for International Development and other big international aid organizations help or hinder the world’s poorest people.

It also questions whether the aid packages provided are genuine or whether they are scams designed to subjugate Third World countries.

BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD: How the Global Elite Drown Poor Nations in a Sea of Debt, by novelists, filmmakers and independent researchers James Morcan & Lance Morcan, exposes the culture of corruption within the aforementioned aid organizations and the arrogance with which they treat their Third World ‘clients.’

The Morcans reveal there’s a nefarious hidden agenda at play whereby the ‘generosity’ extended by international aid organisations in assisting the development of the Third World and providing relief in the event of natural disasters comes with serious strings attached. Strings designed to fleece vulnerable nations.

The reader is reminded the economic hit men popularized in John Perkins’ 2004 bestseller ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’ are still alive and well – in Africa in particular.

BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD puts two poverty-stricken nations under the magnifying glass to reveal the long-term impact of being the recipient of substantial financial aid from the West. The resulting debt accrued by these nations may surprise even the most skeptical reader.

In writing this book, the authors were motivated by one sickening statistic: 21,000 people die from starvation every day. That’s one person every four seconds!

More sickening is the fact such deaths are unnecessary given there is more than enough wealth in the world for everyone to at least receive the basic necessities of life, and more than enough in the Third World for it to organically sustain itself.

By the time you get to the end of this book you’ll see there’s as much wealth to be found in the Third World as there is in the First World. In fact, terms like ‘Third World’ and ‘impoverished nations’ are essentially misnomers as they imply wealth and resources are limited in these forgotten places. The authors aim to dispel that myth once and for all.

It’s hoped BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD will contribute in some small way to the masses pressuring world leaders to eradicate the extreme poverty that sees millions of our fellow Human Beings – men, women and children – dying unnecessarily every year.

Genre: Business & Finance, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Poverty
Size: 102 pages
Free download for Kindle from 03 December 2019 onward  

Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace (SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice Book 29)

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This book presents Nils Petter Gleditsch, a staff member of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) since 1964, a former editor of the Journal for Peace Research (1983-2010), a former president of the International Studies Association (2008-2009) and the recipient of several academic awards as a pioneer in the scientific analysis of war and peace. This unique anthology covers major themes in his distinguished career as a peace researcher. An autobiographical, critical retrospective puts his work on conflict and peace into a broader context, while a comprehensive bibliography documents his publications over a period of nearly 50 years. Part II documents his wide-ranging contributions on globalization, democratization and liberal peace, on international espionage, environmental security, climate change and conflict and on the decline of war and more generally of violence as a tool in conflict.

Genre: Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths
Size: 171 pages
Free download for Kindle from 03 December 2019 onward  

Islam : Forgotten Element of Foreign Policy: (Saudi Arabia, Iran and Indonesia)

by Sugiri Plara

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Professional & Technical, Law, International
Size: 412 pages
Free download for Kindle from 02 December 2019 onward  

The Prince of Counterterrorism: Washington's favorite Saudi, Muhammad bin Nayef, is the scourge of al-Qaida and Iran but no friend of those who want to see major reforms in the kingdom

by Bruce Riedel

In The Prince of Counterterrorism, Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel tells the story of Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef (MBN) and his contributions to the security of the kingdom and the Arab world. In the spring of 2015, King Salman removed his brother from the line of succession, and chose instead  his nephew, MBN, as his heir. Riedel explains why this decision is critical for the U.S. as MBN has been America's closest Saudi ally in the fight against terrorism, even helping to thwart attacks from al-Qaida on the U.S. However, while MBN's leadership is critical in countering the growth of groups like al-Qaida and ISIS, Riedel shows why he is unlikely to support social reforms within the kingdom.THE BROOKINGS ESSAY: In the spirit of its commitment to high-quality, independent research, the Brookings Institution has commissioned works on major topics of public policy by distinguished authors, including Brookings scholars. The Brookings Essay is a multi-platform product aimed to engage readers in open dialogue and debate. The views expressed, however, are solely those of the author. Available in ebook only.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International, Terrorism
Size: 19 pages
Free download for Kindle from 30 November 2019 onward  

Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century (Global Issues in Water Policy Book 6)

by Eiman Karar

The objective of this book is to broadly illustrate the key aspects of water governance, mapping the spectrum of decision-making from techno-centric and eco-centric approaches, to hybrid concepts and people-centric approaches. Topics covered include the challenges for water-governance models, the polycentric model, the integration challenge, water in the decision-making hierarchy, and the rise of water-sensitive design, while also taking into account interdependencies between stakeholders, as well as the issue of scale. The book’s content is presented in an integrated and comprehensive format, building on detailed case studies from around the world and the authors’ working experiences in the water sector. Combining essential insights with accessible, non-technical language, it offers a valuable resource for academics, technicians and policy-makers alike.

Genre: Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths, Biological Sciences
Size: 250 pages
Free download for Kindle from 30 November 2019 onward  

Germany On Their Minds: German Jewish Refugees in the United States and Their Relationships with Germany, 1938–1988 (Studies in German History Book 25)

by Anne C. Schenderlein

Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, approximately ninety thousand German Jews fled their homeland and settled in the United States, prior to that nation closing its borders to Jewish refugees. And even though many of them wanted little to do with Germany, the circumstances of the Second World War and the postwar era meant that engagement of some kind was unavoidable—whether direct or indirect, initiated within the community itself or by political actors and the broader German public. This book carefully traces these entangled histories on both sides of the Atlantic, demonstrating the remarkable extent to which German Jews and their former fellow citizens helped to shape developments from the Allied war effort to the course of West German democratization.

Genre: History, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International
Size: 334 pages
Free download for Kindle from 30 November 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Against Corruption: A book of essays

by Christone Lagarde

Corruption is the cancer at the heart of many of the world’s problems. It destroys jobs and holds back growth. It fuels instability and terrorism. It traps the poorest in poverty. It even corrodes trust in the sports we love.In this collection of essays leading politicians, activists, journalists and academics begin a global debate about how we can fight back.

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Reference, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 29 November 2019 onward  

Toward a US-China Investment Treaty

by Jeffrey J. Schott

The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world; in terms of direct investment in each other’s economies, they are also among the world’s underperformers. Negotiations to produce a US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) could change that situation dramatically, delivering a significant economic payoff to both countries. In this volume, experts at the Peterson Institute for International Economics analyze the roadblocks to those talks and outline steps that a BIT must take to encourage foreign investment and to establish reciprocal rules for the treatment of firms and protection of investments. US-China BIT negotiations were initiated under the presidencies of George W. Bush and Hu Jintao, but progress faltered in 2008 as US economic priorities shifted in the Great Recession. Negotiations resumed in late 2014. Among the challenges are China’s historically less ambitious agreements, a laborious legislative process to enact investment treaties in the United States, US concerns about national security, and Chinese policies that impede foreign investment. Scholars examine these issues and possible ways to resolve them.

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 27 November 2019 onward  

Limits to the European Union’s Normative Power in a Post-conflict Society: EULEX and Peacebuilding in Kosovo (SpringerBriefs in Population Studies)

by Rok Zupančič

By shedding light on EULEX - the EU mission to Kosovo – this open access book investigates the EU’s peacebuilding activities in that country, in the light of the normative power theory in the post-conflict setting and peacebuilding theory. Ten years after the massive engagement of the EU in the country torn by war, the authors critically assess the effects of the EU projecting its normative power – the enforcement of its standards, ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – through the EULEX mission, taking into consideration also the local aspects, so far neglected in this field of research. Inspecting thoroughly the EULEX activities in the police, customs and judiciary sector, the authors reveal that the mission can contribute to a positive change, but only in those cases which do not request a heavy political involvement and broad leverage by other international players (for example in improving standards of work in police and customs). When it comes to the most serious cases of organized crime, corruption and war crimes, EULEX, however, has not been able to address them effectively due to several internal mission’s deficiencies and external factors; the perceived ineffectiveness of EULEX among the local population led to the lowering of trust not only in this CSDP mission, but also in the EU in general.  This open access book offers a comprehensive assessment of the EULEX mission, based on two Horizon2020 research projects: IECEU - Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention, and KOSNORTH – The European Union and its Normative Power in a Post-conflict Society: A Case Study of Northern Kosovo (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship). As such it is an invaluable resource for scholars, students and policymakers interested in security questions in South Eastern Europe and EU external action.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International, War & Peace
Size: 124 pages
Free download for Kindle from 27 November 2019 onward  

IS THE GOVERNMENT ONLINE?: SOCIAL MEDIA AS A MAIN BATTLEFIELD FOR THE POLITICAL COLLISIONS

by Ali Salim

Young generation spends more time reading twitter or FB news line than reading the news in newspapers or official portals. That’s why Social Media have a big role in the forming of the political position by people in all ages and genders.
When the information is about any news or discoveries it once; when it comes to the inculcation of the life position, it can be called informational warfare. Everything happen in the world has its own pros and cons, it depends from which point of view it will be seen. The same political situation can be described for simple social media’s users from totally different points of view with different positions. And readers will get the first information as the truth.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, International
Size: 45 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 November 2019 onward  

Russia's Turn to the East: Domestic Policymaking and Regional Cooperation (Global Reordering)

by Helge Blakkisrud

Genre: Business & Finance, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International
Size: 167 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 November 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
1 review

A Conspicuous Silence: American Foreign Policy, Women, and Saudi Arabia: A Selection from The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy

by Valerie M. Hudson

Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first to clearly state that: "the subjugation of women is a direct threat to the security of the United States." This declaration has come to be known as the Hillary Doctrine, and it was formally incorporated into the first Quadrennial Diplomatic and Development Review of U.S. foreign policy in 2010. If the Hillary Doctrine is justified, then how is it that Secretary of State Clinton never addressed issues of extreme gender inequality in Saudi Arabia? And how has Saudi Arabia sought to export that inequality to other states, such as Yemen? This chapter explores the complexities of the Hillary Doctrine in practice, the realities of pursuing gender equality on the national stage, the strategies Clinton and those working under her innovated to introduce gender issues diplomatically into a resistant country, and other key developments from this encounter and its reverberations across international channels.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 46 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 November 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.20 / 5
4 reviews

Hit the Road Jack: A wickedly suspenseful serial killer thriller (Jack Ryder Book 1)

by Willow Rose

New series from the Amazon Bestselling author Willow Rose.  Ben is supposed to be in school. It's Monday morning but his parents are still asleep after a night of heavy drinking. Ben Waits patiently, even though he knows he is missing out on today's field trip to the zoo. But, when his black Labrador suddenly runs upstairs and comes down with a finger in his mouth, Ben knows he's not making it to school today at all. Detective Jack Ryder is chaperoning his kids' field trip when he gets the call from the head of the Cocoa Beach Police Department. A body has been found and they need his help. Soon, Jack finds himself up against a killer, a predator who ruthlessly chases women and kills them so they can never leave him. The case soon causes serious consequences for him and his family once the truth is revealed. With her new hero, Jack Ryder, as a loving father and committed detective, a new location in tropical Florida, and a story that moves at an incredible pace, Hit the Road Jack is Willow Rose at the top of her game.

Genre: Arts & Photography, Dance, Fashion, Film & Video, Music, Photography, Pop Culture, Television, Biography & True Accounts, Arts & Literature, Ethnic, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Memoirs, Professionals & Academics, Reference & Collections, Travel, Business & Finance, Business Life, Economics, Finance, Industries & Professions, Investing, Marketing & Sales, Personal Finance, Reference, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Children's eBooks, Arts, Music & Photography, Computers & Internet, Science, Nature & How It Works, Sport & Outd
Size: 454 pages
Free download for Kindle from 22 November 2019 onward  

Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development: Killing Me Softly?

by Helen Louise Ackers

This book is open access under a CC BY license.This book explores the impact that professional volunteers have on the low resource countries they choose to spend time in. Whilst individual volunteering may be of immediate benefit to individual patients, this intervention may have detrimental effects on local health systems; distorting labour markets, accentuating dependencies and creating opportunities for corruption. Improved volunteer deployment may avoid these risks and present opportunities for sustainable systems change. The empirical research presented in this book stems from a specific volunteering intervention funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust and focused on improving maternal and newborn health in Uganda. However, important opportunities exist for policy transfer to other contexts.

Genre: Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths
Size: 173 pages
Free download for Kindle from 21 November 2019 onward  

Sincerity in Politics and International Relations (Open Access) (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics Book 130)

by Sorin Baiasu

This edited volume examines concepts of sincerity in politics and international relations in order to discuss what we should expect of politicians, within what parameters they should work, and how their decisions and actions could be made consistent with morality.The volume features an international cast of authors who specialize in the topic of sincerity in politics and international relations. Looking at how sincerity bears on political actions, practices, and institutions at national and international level, the introduction serves to place the chapters in the context of ongoing contemporary debates on sincerity in politics and international theory.  Each chapter focuses on a contemporary issue in politics and international relations, including corruption, public hypocrisy, cynicism, trust, security, policy formulation and decision-making, political apology, public reason, political dissimulation, denial and self-deception, and will argue against the background of a Kantian view of sincerity as unconditional.Offering a significant comprehensive outlook on the practical limits of sincerity in political affairs, this work will be of great interest to both students and scholars.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, International, Political Parties, Practical Politics
Size: 221 pages
Free download for Kindle from 17 November 2019 onward  

MYANMAR: REINTEGRATING INTO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

by Chenyang Li

Located at the junction of East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, Myanmar is one of the most important countries in the world's geopolitical landscape. Its ongoing political and economic reforms arouse growing concern from the international community, especially great powers like the US, Japan, India and China. Will the demostic reform bring Myanmar back to the international community? How and to which extent does the demostic reform change Myanmar's relations with other countries?This book is based on papers presented at an international conference on Myanmar held at the Institute of Myanmar Studies in Yunnan University, China in 2014. Based on their long-term observation and studies, experts from China, Laos, Myanmar, Germany, Singapore and the US share their opinions on Myanmar's domestic reform and foreign relations, as well as the current situation and future prospect. This book contributes to better understanding of Myanmar in its dramatic political and social transition.Contents:Myanmar's Foreign Relations:China–Myanmar Relations Since 2011 (Hao Zhigang)Myanmar: In Search of Lost Equilibrium (David I Steinberg)Myanmar Foreign Policy under New Government: Changes and Prospects (Chaw Chaw Sein)Myanmar Looks to ASEAN First for Its Future (Larry Jagan)China–Myanmar Relations Since Naypyidaw's Political Transition: How Beijing can Balance Short-Term Interests and Long-Term Values (Li Chenyang and James Char)China–Myanmar's Relations after 2010: Political Reform, Local Development and Cross-Border Cooperation (Nora Schlenzig)The Focus Change of American Sanction Policies to Myanmar: From Democracy to National Reconciliation (Wang Zichang)Myanmar's Reforms and Opening the New Charpter with Japan (Khin Ma Ma Myo)New Developments in Japan–Myanmar Relations after the Thein Sein Administration came to Power (Bi Shihong)Myanmar's Political Reform and Transition:Myanmar's Reform: Current Situation and Future Prospect (Ko Ko Hlaing)The Motivations and Game in Myanmar's Transition (Zhai Kun and Song Qingrun)Does the New Political Development Pattern Occur in Myanmar?: Approaching the Analysis of State–Society Interaction Relation Since 2008 (Chen Yi-Chun and Soong Jenn-Jaw)Myanmar's Economic and Political Transition and Chinese Investment in Myanmar (Lu Guangsheng and Jin Zhen)Current Situation and Developing Tendency in Myanmar:Reintegrating into the International Community: Opportunities and Challenges for Myanmar (U Khin Maung Nyunt)The Role of Myanmar's Media in Democratization: Challenges Not Overcome or Opportunities Missed? (Aung Tun)Emerging Patterns of Parliamentary Politics (Renaud Egreteau)Myanmar Ethnic Peace Process: Strategy of the Myanmar Government in the Ongoing Democratic Transition (Su Mon Th Thazin Aung)Myanmar's Resource Nationalism and Its Influence (Luo Shengrong)Readership: Political scientists, undergraduates, graduate students, general readers interested in Myanmar studies.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 423 pages
Free download for Kindle from 15 November 2019 onward  

Japan’s Arduous Rejuvenation as a Global Power: Democratic Resilience and the US-China Challenge

by Victor Teo

Genre: History, Asia, World, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Practical Politics
Size: 242 pages
Free download for Kindle from 15 November 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Arms Race: China and the Geopolitics of the South China Sea

by Aldéric Au

As friction in the South China Sea threatens to spark war, this primer brings a timely analysis of the changing power balance.As China rises, it is not in its interests to trigger a war. However, with that rise comes expanding interests; strategic, military, economic, and political, which it must protect. China is acquiring the means to defend those interests.Already China possesses the ability to bring regional nations into its orbit through economic self-interest. It will not be long before its military resources match its economic heft. Regional governments recognize the futility of opposing China and understand the benefits of cooperation. The contest for control of the South China Sea is over and China has won. China, assisted by the fecklessness of successive US presidents, has demonstrated the hollowness of American security guarantees in the region.During the coming decades Beijing will continue to pursue policies that persuade neighbors, and the United States, to face reality and accept Chinese hegemony in Asia. Increasingly China will set the terms in which others operate in Asia.The United States will not yield its primacy in Asia willingly. China’s wish to create strategic space acerbates long-dormant tensions. Survival is the primary goal of any state in an anarchic international system. War would sound the death knell for Asia’s rise and inflict serious damage on human progress more generally. So high are the stakes that policy makers are seeking solutions. Without compromise, leaders will use coercion as an instrument of policy. An agreed way forward is in everyone’s interest.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 167 pages
Free download for Kindle from 15 November 2019 onward  

Ginseng and Borderland: Territorial Boundaries and Political Relations Between Qing China and Choson Korea, 1636-1912

by Seonmin Kim

A free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.  Ginseng and Borderland explores the territorial boundaries and political relations between Qing China and Choson Korea during the period from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries. By examining a unique body of materials written in Chinese, Manchu, and Korean, and building on recent studies in New Qing History, Seonmin Kim adds new perspectives to current understandings of the remarkable transformation of the Manchu Qing dynasty (1636–1912) from a tribal state to a universal empire. This book discusses early Manchu history and explores the Qing Empire’s policy of controlling Manchuria and Choson Korea. Kim also contributes to theKorean history of the Choson dynasty (1392–1910) by challenging conventional accounts that embrace a China-centered interpretation of the tributary relationship between the two polities, stressing instead the agency of Choson Korea in the formation of the Qing Empire. This study demonstrates how Koreans interpreted and employed this relationship in order to preserve the boundary—and peace—with the suzerain power. By focusing on the historical significance of the China-Korea boundary, this book defines the nature of the Qing Empire through the dynamics of contacts and conflicts under both the cultural and material frameworks of its tributary relationship with Choson Korea.

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 224 pages
Free download for Kindle from 15 November 2019 onward  

Tempting Fate: Why Nonnuclear States Confront Nuclear Opponents (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs)

by Paul C. Avey

Why would countries without nuclear weapons even think about fighting nuclear-armed opponents? A simple answer is that no one believes nuclear weapons will be used. But that answer fails to consider why nonnuclear state leaders would believe that in the first place. In this superb unpacking of the dynamics of conflict under conditions of nuclear monopoly, Paul C. Avey argues that the costs and benefits of using nuclear weapons create openings that weak nonnuclear actors can exploit.Tempting Fate uses four case studies to show the key strategies available to nonnuclear states: Iraqi decision-making under Saddam Hussein in confrontations with the United States; Egyptian leaders' thinking about the Israeli nuclear arsenal during wars in 1969–70 and 1973; Chinese confrontations with the United States in 1950, 1954, and 1958; and a dispute that never escalated to war, the Soviet-United States tensions between 1946 and 1948 that culminated in the Berlin Blockade. Those strategies include limiting the scope of the conflict, holding chemical and biological weapons in reserve, seeking outside support, and leveraging international non-use norms. Counterintuitively, conventionally weak nonnuclear states are better positioned to pursue these strategies than strong ones, so that wars are unlikely when the nonnuclear state is powerful relative to its nuclear opponent. Avey demonstrates clearly that nuclear weapons cast a definite but limited shadow, and while the world continues to face various nuclear challenges, understanding conflict in nuclear monopoly will remain a pressing concern for analysts and policymakers.

Genre: History, Military, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International
Size: 270 pages
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Africa's Lions: Growth Traps and Opportunities for Six African Economies

by Haroon Bhorat

Examining the economic forces that will shape Africa's future.Africa’s Lions examines the economic growth experiences of six fast growing and/or economically dominant African countries. Expert African researchers offer unique perspectives into the challenges and issues in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa.Despite a growing body of research on African economies, very little has focused on the relationship between economic growth and employment outcomes at the detailed country level. A lack of empirical data has deprived policymakers of a robust evidence base on which to make informed decisions. By harnessing country-level household, firm, and national accounts data together with existing analytical country research—the authors have attempted to bridge this gap.The growth of the global working-age population to 2030 will be driven primarily by Africa, which means that the relationship between growth and employment should be understood within the context of each country’s projected demographic challenge and the associated implications for employment growth. A better understanding of the structure of each country’s workforce and the resulting implications for human capital development, the vulnerably employed, and the working poor, will be critical to informing the development policy agenda.As a group, the six countries profiled in Africa’s Lions will largely shape the continent's future. Each country chapter focuses on the complex interactions between economic growth and employment outcomes, within the individual Africa’s Lions context.

Genre: Business & Finance, Biographies & Primers, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: 285 pages
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