Excerpts

  • Pallavi Aiyar
    New Delhi: Fourth Estate, 2008
    ISBN:978-817223-746-2

    In the many comparisons about Asia’s two most populous nations, India is often categorized as an unruly democracy and China as a rigid economic powerhouse. But the contributions and challenges for both nations remain rich, subtle and unfolding, reminds Pallavi Aiyar, correspondent for the “Hindu” group of publications. In her book, “Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China,” Aiyar describes her curiosity and process of exploring China by getting to know people in all walks of life. “What I had learnt then was that it was deeply wrong...

  • Sadanand Dhume
    Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company, 2008
    ISBN:978-1-921351-40

    During the course of hiring an assistant to write a book about Indonesia torn between two forces, Islmization and globalization, journalist Sadanand Dhume met Herri Nurdi, managing editor of a fundamentalist magazine “Sabili.” The book, “My Friend the Fanantic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist” combines first-person travel narrative and reporting on the world’s most populous Muslim nation enduring rapid transition from democratic moderation to rigid intolerance.

  • Susan Ariel Aaronson and Jamie M. Zimmerman
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008
    ISBN:978-0-521-69420-9

    Imbalanced trade is controversial trade - and imbalances in information, income, substitutes, mobility or access are common between wealthy countries and poor ones. Governments can use trade agreements to advance human rights, directly or indirectly, argue Susan Aaronson and Jamie Zimmerman in their book “Trade Imbalance: The Struggle to Weigh Human Rights Concerns in Trade Policymaking.” Aaronson is research associate professor of international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs and adjunct associate professor at the...

  • Amanat and Frank Griffel
    Stanford University Press, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-8047-5639-6

    Shari’a is considered by many as Islamic religious law. But the cultural concept covers not only moral and legal matters, including religious rituals and rules for marriage, taxation and war, but also issues of behavior and etiquette. Modern and fundamentalist Muslims are polarized over how much modern nations can rely on Shari’a. Yale professors Abbas Amanat and Frank Griffel are editors “Shari’a: Islamic Law in the Contemporary Cotext,” a book of essays that analyze Islamic thought on justice, global citizenship,...

  • Larry Diamond
    Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-8050-7869-S

    Appreciation for democracy runs deep in countries around the globe, but instability can present challenges for the system of governance. “The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World” analyzes the elements of democracy and how they have transformed global relations, the prospects for democracy in specific regions and ways to revitalize the system even in nations where regression has emerged. Renewing democracy requires education and mobilization of citizens themselves, argues Larry Diamond, senior...

  • Philippe Legrain
    Little, Brown, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-316-73248-2

    Immigration allows people to escape poverty, argues Philippe Legrain, British economist and journalist. Combining reporting and economic analysis, Legrain argues that relentless patrolling borders carries hidden costs while the diversity provided by low-skilled or high-skilled migrant workers offers many benefits. In the end, Legrain, who has served as special adviser to the director-general of the World Trade Organization, argues for open borders and offers recommendations for integration.

  • Tarun Khanna
    Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2007
    ISBN:978-1-4221-0383-8

    Entrepreneurs in the emerging economies of India and China demonstrate that they have the money, the education, the management skills and the creativity to build successful firms. In “Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Futures and Yours,” Tarun Khanna, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School, compares the two nations’ governance, information accessibility, infrastructure, rural challenges, soft power and foreign ties. The comparative analysis offers insights into the distinct styles and...

  • Bruce Mazlish, Nayan Chanda and Kenneth Weisbrode
    Stanford University Press, 2007
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    New technology, particularly in transportation and communication sectors, hastens many global interconnections. The US presided over much technological innovation throughout the 20th century, and so supp0rters and opponents of globalization alike often equate the phenomenon with Americanization. Even so, the US often embraces some anti-global policies. “Global civil society may hold out the vision of the transcendence of particularistic ties, but the still-existing national and traditional definitions of these connections generally prevail...

  • Yoichi Funabashi
    The Brookings Institution, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-8157-3010-1

    For more than a century, the Korean Peninsula has been the focus of major powers, most recently through the six-power talks, with China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States striving to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear-weapons program. Yoichi Funabashi, editor in chief of the Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo, explores the historical and security concerns of the six nations since 2002 and provides insights into future diplomacy and policymaking for the region.

  • Nayan Chanda
    New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007
    ISBN: 978-0-3001-1201-6

    Globalization, the process of growing interconnectedness, is not a new phenomenon. All that’s new is the ease and speed of the connections. In his book, Nayan Chanda, editor of YaleGlobal Online, follows the exploits of historical traders, preachers, adventurers and warriors in shaping our world, and identifies their modern counterparts at work today. In any case, globalization is here to stay. It coincides with deep human aspirations and transcends the power of individual governments.