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  • Orville Schell and John Delury
    Random House, 2013
    ISBN: 978-0-679-64347-0

    Contentment and stability go hand in hand. The Chinese people will sacrifice much if their leaders ensure steady jobs, security, and growing potential for prosperity and national respect. Despite great progress in recent years, the Chinese – and and their leaders – are lacking in self-confidence, suggests Orville Schell and John Delury in their book Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century. Economic and social crises can instigate or block individual and collective achievements.This excerpt details the longtime quest...

  • Kishore Mahbubani
    PublicAffairs Books, 2013
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    The world is slowly eliminating poverty and seeing a rising middle class, which along with education and technology, brings an unprecedented convergence of interests, cultures and standards. Kishore Mahbubani is the dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, and in his book he urges countries to abandon inefficient national policies and agree on a fair system of global governance with rule of law. As he notes in the conclusion to his book, the global information revolution exposes hypocrisy and lack of fairness. Institutions that...

  • Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor
    PublicAffairs, 2013
    ISBN: 978-1-61039-209-9

    The United States invests more in its health care system, spending $8000 per capita in 2011, and yet achieves less satisfactory outcomes than many other industrialized nations and some small developing nations, too. Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor delve into the many reasons – and values – behind the contradiction in their book The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less. When investment in social services is considered, US expenditures appear more moderate, and another finding is that increased...

  • Elizabeth Becker
    Simon & Schuster, 2013
    ISBN: 978-1439160992

    Since the middle of the 1990s, international tourism has taken a great leap, the number reaching one billion in 2012. Elizabeth Becker, a veteran reporter who covered the Indochina War for The Washington Post and later became a correspondent for The New York Times, explores how this “invisible” tourist industry exploded. From eco-tourism to medical tourism, backpacking to mega cruise liner visits, the tourist industry has transformed the travel scene, bringing revenues, creating jobs and at the same destroying nature and traditional...

  • Jagdish Bhagwati, Arvind Panagariya
    PublicAffairs, 2013
    ISBN: 9781610392716

    In its history since Independence, India has seen widely different economic experiments: from Jawharlal Nehru’s pragmatism to the rigid state socialism of Indira Gandhi to the brisk liberalization of the 1990s. So which strategy best addresses India’s greatest moral challenge: lifting a great number of extremely poor people out of poverty?  Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya argue  that the only strategy that will help the poor is economic growth. Their radical message has huge consequences for economists, development NGOs and anti-...

  • Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan, Editor
    Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
    ISBN: 0230393209

    Culture does not grow in isolation, and its truest practitioners explore and adapt. And so, the human story is one of countless exchanges and influences, suggests Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan, editor of “The Role of the Arab-Islamic World in the Rise of the West.” Too often, Europeans have neglected to credit Islamic influences. “What seems to be a lack of correct citation in European scholarship, particularly in the Middle Ages, may have been due to different practices within Europe at the time,” Al-Rodhan writes in the introduction, adding that...

  • Joseph E. Stiglitz
    W. W. Norton & Company, 2012
    ISBN: 0393088693

    The increasing speed of currencies, trade and investments has spurred prosperity but for a few. Entrenched in top tiers of government and corporations, the wealthiest follow fast-moving economic forces and reinforce inequality in policies and laws. The unrelenting quest for profits in free capital markets is intense and imposes pressure on workers’ wages. In essence, inequality weakens markets that ultimately generate wealth, heightening competition and reinforcing the political divide. In The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided...

  • Dilip Hiro
    Yale University Press, 2012
    ISBN: 0300173784

    South Asia, a focal point of deep-rooted religious and political tensions, has a complex history that remains relevant for regional stability and US foreign policy. Dilip Hiro, author of more than 30 books and expert in South Asian, Central Asian, Islamic and Middle Eastern affairs, explores the rise of the jihadist movement from Afghanistan in 1980 to the present in this first complete history of Islamist terrorism in South Asia. This book covers the historic links between Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, warning that the Line of Control...

  • Bertil Lintner
    HarperCollins Publishers, 2012
    ISBN: 9789350293454

    The world’s two most populated nations have uneasy relations. The tensions, generally overlooked by the rest of the world, are only rising since the 1962 war. Journalist Bertil Lintner analyzes the many difficult points and conflicts among diverse ethnicities along the lengthy border in Great Game East: India, China and the Struggle for Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier. Lintner is a foremost expert on insurgencies throughout the region, who as a senior writer covered Asia affairs for the Far Eastern Economic Review for more than 20 years and...

  • Mark L. Clifford, Janet Pau
    John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd., 2012
    ISBN: 9781118094631

    In this collection of 80 essays, Asia’s so-called Tiger Cubs – the post–Cold War generation – share views on the continent’s future.  Asia’s Challenge 2020 essay contest run by the Asia Business Council, Time and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore asked young writers to address the most serious problem confronting the continent. One threat to Asia’s prosperity could rest in short-term, materialist thinking, with economic success eroding traditional values, consumerism leading to unhappiness in...

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