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Smith explores several ways in which growing Chinese power has undercut Japanese public support for conciliatory policies toward Beijing.
This book shines a light on one of the most obscure corners of Asia: the region of mountains and jungles in northeastern India that is surrounded by Bangladesh, Tibet, and Myanmar.
Why do poor voters sometimes back parties whose policies mostly serve the interests of elites? Thachil tackles this question by studying the electoral strategies of the upper-caste-based BJP party in India.
This quarterly online publication of the Hoover Institution tracks the latest developments in Chinese policy, including diplomacy, military affairs, economics, Communist Party politics, and events in the provinces.
Gregg's service as U.S. ambassador to South Korea in 1989–93 culminated a distinguished 42-year career in Asia. In this book, he recounts his experiences with insight and humor.
The emergence of a large middle class in China has produced a demand for more citizen participation.
The power shift between the United States and China is often misunderstood as a two-player drama. This book draws attention to the 20 or so “middle powers” that have as much to gain or lose as the two main actors.
Twenty-two militarily crucial straits and channels constrain the ability of the Chinese navy to project its power into the wider Pacific.
In Cambodia, democracy is a mirage; so are constitutionalism, civil society, the rule of law, transitional justice, poverty reduction, media freedom, and environmental conservation.
China’s outreach to the tens of millions of ethnic Chinese living abroad—the world’s largest diaspora—is an often overlooked part of the country’s soft-power strategy, but it is as careful and well organized as the other parts.
Given India’s deep divisions along caste, class, regional, and religious lines, the stability of the country’s democracy is puzzling.
Hayton, a journalist based in the United Kingdom, argues that even with China’s military buildup, China’s navy is technologically 20 years behind its U.S. counterpart.
This innovative book argues that historically, the untouchables (or Dalits) were excluded less as a result of religious beliefs than on account of their economic role as bonded agricultural laborers.
This study of Indonesia’s most successful entrepreneur, who died in 2012 at the age of 95, is a contribution to both business history and political history.
China aims not to simply defend its core interests, nor to merely match the power of the United States, but rather to achieve global economic, cultural, and military dominance.
The Nepalese Maoist movement emerged at an unlikely time: the mid-1990s, when communism was in global retreat. But by 2006, the movement had gained control over most of Nepal’s countryside. This book reveals how this happened.
Economy and Levi’s findings thread a path between alarmist and complacent views of China’s impact on the global economy.
Nulo uses the “convention of childish innocence” to explore forbidden issues in Tibetan history, including the cruelty of the Chinese invasion but also that of the preinvasion Tibetan order.
Hillman has deciphered “the unwritten rules of Chinese officialdom” over the course of ten years of fieldwork in southwestern China. His insights apply to local governments throughout the country and to higher levels of politics, as well
According to the contributors to this volume, the Thai monarchy is not a rock of stability, as royalist orthodoxy would have it, but rather the root of Thailand’s troubles.
These two books ponder the changes taking place in the strategic environment of Asia and come to similar conclusions about how the United States should respond to them.
Pyongyang is well on the way to mastering the technologies it needs to build a deliverable nuclear weapon. But the contributors to this volume argue convincingly that little will change when North Korea crosses that threshold.
The Chinese middle class has not pushed for democracy because it depends on the state-dominated economy for its prosperity, it is relatively satisfied with the state’s provision of urban services, and it fears the disruptive potential of the lower classes, which still form a large majority.
The short-lived Japanese empire (1895–1945) espoused a confused and contested ideology. One of its strands was assimilationist; the other, racist.
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