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  • 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...

  • Stephen Tankel
    Columbia University Press, 2011
    ISBN: 978-0-231-70152-5

    Lashkar-e-Taiba is among the most powerful militants groups in South Asia and increasingly viewed as a global terrorist threat on par with al-Qaeda. Considered Pakistan’s most powerful proxy against India, the group gained public prominence after its deadly ten-person suicide assault on Mumbai in November 2008. The Mumbai attacks placed Lashkar-e-Taiba high on the list of the world’s most fearsome terrorist groups. A complex and powerful organization that rose to prominence with Pakistani state support, Lashkar has sent scores...

  • Uri Dadush and William Shaw
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2011
    ISBN: 978-0–87003-262-2

    The rising prominence of emerging economies in the global economy will reshape globalization in a few short decades, delivering immense opportunities as well as new challenges, explain Uri Dadush and William Shaw. Millions of people will be lifted from poverty, but the collective group of emerging economies with the largest population centers and greatest economic heft will remain relatively poor. The book examines potential consequences for globalization and this chapter focuses on Africa, which lags behind other continents by many...

  • Bruce Riedel
    Brookings Institution Press, 2011
    ISBN: 978-0815705574

    The United States and Pakistan have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. American presidents have pursued narrow short-term interests in Pakistan, and many of the resulting policies proved counterproductive, contributing to political instability and a radicalized public. Riedel discusses the forces behind global jihad, detailing the history of US-Pakistan relations and exploring the broader impact of that dynamic. Riedel advises what the Obama administration can do now to repair the damaged relationship and how the US can avoid...

  • Dilip Hiro
    New York: The Overlook Press, 2011
    ISBN: 978-1590203330

    Central Asia, rich in resources including oil and gas, attracts geo-strategic attention from China, Russia and other great powers. The population for Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan combined is about 70 million – largely Muslim with a diverse mix of ethnicites whose historical roots cross borders. The region was the heart of the Silk Road centuries ago and is central for modern trade and connections once again. Dilip Hiro explores the historical connections including those with Turkey and Iran, the development...

  • Léonce Ndikumana and James K. Boyce
    Zed Books Ltd, 2011
    ISBN: 978184813458

    A common perception is that Africa is a drain on global finances. Yet Africa is a net creditor, report Léonce Ndikumana and James K. Boyce in their book, Africa’s Odious Debts. The continent is a victim of capital flight, as funds from foreign aid, development loans and resource extraction are siphoned out of countries to bank accounts of the elite. Impoverished African citizens are then responsible for repayment of massive debts. The crippling debt and irresponsible personal spending on the part of its leaders have bankrupted health care,...

  • Börje Ljunggren
    Hjalmarson & Högberg Bokförlag AB, 2010
    ISBN: 978-91-7224-097-1

    The financial crisis confirms the shift in power that the world is undergoing, but China’s problems are growing. Today’s China is a society of great tensions and deep economic disparities. People protest against injustice and abuse of power and an increasingly active civil society is emerging on the web. In 2009, we have seen new and numerous attempts to control the Internet, but Börje Ljunggren says that “the spirit is out of the bottle”. There is hardly any example of...

  • Pranab Bardhan
    Princeton University Press, 2010
    ISBN: 978-0691129945

    The recent economic rise of China and India has attracted a great deal of attention. Together, the two countries account for one-fifth of the global economy and are projected to represent a full third of the world’s income by 2025. Yet, many of the views regarding China and India’s market reforms and high growth have been exaggerated and oversimplified. Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay scrutinizes the phenomenal rise of both nations, and demolishes the myths that have accumulated around the economic achievements of these two...

  • Johan Lagerkvist
    Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern, 2010
    ISBN: 978-3-0343-0435-1

    Forces of social media and globalization are impacting heavily on China today – in­creased travel; the internet; foreign-produced TV programming and popular culture. The battle against the myriad of interconnecting cultural influences found on China’s online networks is becoming increasingly difficult to wage over time. Johan Lagerkvist explores how globalization and international media plays a role for generating political change and analyzes what increased Internet use in China means before democracy is achieved.

  • Guobin Yang
    Columbia University Press, 2009
    ISBN: 978-0231144209

    Since the mid-1990s, the Internet has revolutionized popular expression in China, enabling users to organize, protest, and influence public opinion in unprecedented ways. Guobin Yang’s pioneering study maps an innovative range of contentious forms and practices linked to Chinese cyberspace, delineating a nuanced and dynamic image of the Chinese Internet as an arena for creativity, community, conflict, and control. Like many other contemporary protest forms in China and the world, Yang argues, Chinese online activism derives its...

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