Asia S Cauldron

Author : Robert D. Kaplan
ISBN : 9780812994339
Genre : Political Science
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY FINANCIAL TIMES From Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a penetrating look at the volatile region that will dominate the future of geopolitical conflict. Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated nine hundred trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries’ worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future. In Asia’s Cauldron, Robert D. Kaplan offers up a vivid snapshot of the nations surrounding the South China Sea, the conflicts brewing in the region at the dawn of the twenty-first century, and their implications for global peace and stability. One of the world’s most perceptive foreign policy experts, Kaplan interprets America’s interests in Asia in the context of an increasingly assertive China. He explains how the region’s unique geography fosters the growth of navies but also impedes aggression. And he draws a striking parallel between China’s quest for hegemony in the South China Sea and the United States’ imperial adventure in the Caribbean more than a century ago. To understand the future of conflict in East Asia, Kaplan argues, one must understand the goals and motivations of its leaders and its people. Part travelogue, part geopolitical primer, Asia’s Cauldron takes us on a journey through the region’s boom cities and ramshackle slums: from Vietnam, where the superfueled capitalism of the erstwhile colonial capital, Saigon, inspires the geostrategic pretensions of the official seat of government in Hanoi, to Malaysia, where a unique mix of authoritarian Islam and Western-style consumerism creates quite possibly the ultimate postmodern society; and from Singapore, whose “benevolent autocracy” helped foster an economic miracle, to the Philippines, where a different brand of authoritarianism under Ferdinand Marcos led not to economic growth but to decades of corruption and crime. At a time when every day’s news seems to contain some new story—large or small—that directly relates to conflicts over the South China Sea, Asia’s Cauldron is an indispensable guide to a corner of the globe that will affect all of our lives for years to come. Praise for Asia’s Cauldron “Asia’s Cauldron is a short book with a powerful thesis, and it stands out for its clarity and good sense. . . . If you are doing business in China, traveling in Southeast Asia or just obsessing about geopolitics, you will want to read it.”—The New York Times Book Review “Kaplan has established himself as one of our most consequential geopolitical thinkers. . . . [Asia’s Cauldron] is part treatise on geopolitics, part travel narrative. Indeed, he writes in the tradition of the great travel writers.”—The Weekly Standard “Kaplan’s fascinating book is a welcome challenge to the pessimists who see only trouble in China’s rise and the hawks who view it as malign.”—The Economist “Muscular, deeply knowledgeable . . . Kaplan is an ultra-realist [who] takes a non-moralistic stance on questions of power and diplomacy.”—Financial Times From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Political Science

Die Macht Der Geographie

Author : Tim Marshall
ISBN : 9783423428569
Genre : History
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Wie Geografie Geschichte macht Weltpolitik ist auch Geopolitik, denn alle Staatschefs unterliegen den Zwängen der Geographie. Berge und Ebenen, Wasser, Sand und Eis setzen ihrem Entscheidungsspielraum Grenzen. In 10 Kapiteln zeigt Tim Marshall knapp, anschaulich und pointiert, wie Geographie Geschichte macht und gemacht hat: in Russland, China, den USA, in Europa, Afrika, Lateinamerika, Indien und Pakistan, Japan und Korea, dem Nahen Osten, der Arktis und in Grönland: Regierungen kommen und gehen, der Hindukusch bleibt.
Category: History

Asia S Cauldron

Author : Renu Singh
ISBN : 153939753X
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY FINANCIAL TIMES Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated nine hundred trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries' worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future.
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The Next Great War

Author : Richard N. Rosecrance
ISBN : 9780262028998
Genre : History
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A century ago, Europe's diplomats mismanaged the crisis triggered by the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the continent plunged into World War I, which killed millions, toppled dynasties, and destroyed empires. Today, as the hundredth anniversary of the Great War prompts renewed debate about the war's causes, scholars and policy experts are also considering the parallels between the present international system and the world of 1914. Are China and the United States fated to follow in the footsteps of previous great power rivals? Will today's alliances drag countries into tomorrow's wars? Can leaders manage power relationships peacefully? Or will East Asia's territorial and maritime disputes trigger a larger conflict, just as rivalries in the Balkans did in 1914?In The Next Great War?, experts reconsider the causes of World War I and explore whether the great powers of the twenty-first century can avoid the mistakes of Europe's statesmen in 1914 and prevent another catastrophic conflict. They find differences as well as similarities between today's world and the world of 1914 -- but conclude that only a deep understanding of those differences and early action to bring great powers together will likely enable the United States and China to avoid a great war.ContributorsAlan Alexandroff, Graham Allison, Richard N. Cooper, Charles S. Maier, Steven E. Miller, Joseph S. Nye Jr., T. G. Otte, David K. Richards, Richard N. Rosecrance, Kevin Rudd, Jack Snyder, Etel Solingen, Arthur A. Stein, Stephen Van Evera
Category: History

The Asia Pacific

Author : James L. Richardson
ISBN : UCSD:31822025666207
Genre : Asia
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Category: Asia

Lost Enlightenment

Author : S. Frederick Starr
ISBN : 9781400848805
Genre : History
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In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds--remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world. Because nearly all of these figures wrote in Arabic, they were long assumed to have been Arabs. In fact, they were from Central Asia--drawn from the Persianate and Turkic peoples of a region that today extends from Kazakhstan southward through Afghanistan, and from the easternmost province of Iran through Xinjiang, China. Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects. They gave algebra its name, calculated the earth's diameter with unprecedented precision, wrote the books that later defined European medicine, and penned some of the world's greatest poetry. One scholar, working in Afghanistan, even predicted the existence of North and South America--five centuries before Columbus. Rarely in history has a more impressive group of polymaths appeared at one place and time. No wonder that their writings influenced European culture from the time of St. Thomas Aquinas down to the scientific revolution, and had a similarly deep impact in India and much of Asia. Lost Enlightenment chronicles this forgotten age of achievement, seeks to explain its rise, and explores the competing theories about the cause of its eventual demise. Informed by the latest scholarship yet written in a lively and accessible style, this is a book that will surprise general readers and specialists alike. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.
Category: History

Singapur Im W Rgegriff

Author : James Gordon Farrell
ISBN : 9783957574244
Genre : Fiction
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Singapur 1937. Walter Blackett, Direktor eines britischen Kautschukunternehmens, weiß sich von der bewährten Ordnung britischer Kolonialherrschaft getragen, als er die Feierlichkeiten zum hundertjährigen Jubiläum seiner Firma ausrichtet. Noch ist die Welt, zumindest für die Engländer, in Ordnung, haben die Da Dousa Sisters ihre Gesangsauftritte, ist der zerzauste Hund La Condition humaine nur halbtot und gibt es standesgemäße Paraden und Feste. Und doch scheint am Vorabend des Zweiten Weltkriegs im Inselstaat einiges in Schieflage geraten zu sein : Kaum ist ein Streik der Einheimischen niedergeschlagen, flammt er an anderem Ort wieder auf, Walter Blacketts Sohn engagiert zur Abendunterhaltung ausgerechnet einen Fakir, seine Tochter Joan tändelt mit den falschen Verehrern, während der junge Matthew, Oxfordstudent und rechtmäßiger Erbe der Firma, sich als naiver Weltverbesserer erweist. Das Geschäft mit dem Kautschuk boomt, nicht zuletzt wegen des Weltkriegs und der Marktmanipulation durch Blackett selbst, doch als japanische Flieger das völlig unvorbereitete Singapur bombardieren, kann der Schock größer nicht sein. Während Matthew herauszufinden versucht, was es mit dem ›Würgegriff von Singapur‹ auf sich hat, ist der Mythos von der Uneinnehmbarkeit Singapurs bereits brutal zerschlagen.
Category: Fiction

Regionen Und Regionalismus In Den Internationalen Beziehungen

Author : Simon Koschut
ISBN : 9783658054342
Genre : Political Science
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Dieses Lehrbuch eröffnet neben einer theoretisch-konzeptionellen Orientierung vergleichende Einblicke in die unterschiedlichen regionalen Ordnungsmodelle, Normen und Institutionen Europas, Asiens, Afrikas und den Amerikas. In einem zweiten Schritt werden interregionale Beziehungsgeflechte und Zusammenarbeit anhand ausgewählter Fallbeispiele und Politikfelder analysiert. Diese Einführung ist somit die Antwort auf das Wiederaufleben der Bedeutung und Erforschung von Regionen und Regionalismus in den Internationalen Beziehungen. Im Zuge von Zentralisierungstendenzen und Globalisierungsprozessen wird Regionalismus häufig als Gegentrend in Form von Dezentralisierung und Differenzierung gesehen. Doch Regionalisierungsprozesse stellen ein eigenständiges Phänomen der internationalen Politik dar, dessen konkrete Ausprägung und Funktion von Region zu Region variiert.
Category: Political Science

Philosophy Bridging The World Religions

Author : P. Koslowski
ISBN : 9789401726184
Genre : Religion
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This is the fifth and last volume of the EXPO-Discourses of the World Religions (World Exposition EXPO 2000, Hannover, Germany). The series aims at a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences between Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in their theological and philosophical propositions. It sees in philosophy a bridge between the religions and a means to overcome religious hostility and fundamentalism and to further the dialogue of the religions.
Category: Religion