Excerpts

  • Vivek Wadhwa with Alex Salkever
    Wharton Digital Press, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
    ISBN: 978-1-61363-020-4

    The history of the United States shows that immigrants have enriched the nation with innovations that lead to explosive job creation. Other countries have taken notice. US regulations are not keeping pace with several key trends: new waves of immigrants from Asia, two-income families, or tech startups that begin with a handful of employees. Author and Entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa outlines the challenges, in The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture, and this excerpt focuses on the perspective of two immigrant...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...