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  • by Asad-ul Iqbal Latif

    Lim Kim San's name is linked inextricably to Singapore's public housing. This biography draws on Lim's Oral History Interview, the Hansard, Lims speeches, and newspaper clippings, in addition to fresh interviews conducted with other Singapore leaders who had worked with Lim. The result is a composite picture of a great Singapore leader.

  • - The Unexpected Nation
    by Edwin Lee

    In 2015, Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence. This book covers the complex historical forces and circumstances that shaped this nation. It tells of Britain's imperial visions and schemes, and of how their failure cast a shadow on the story of Singapore's incorporation into the Federation of Malaysia and expulsion from it.

  • - Emerging Policy and Governance Issues in Southeast Asia


    Presents a discussion that illuminates the provisions of the ASEAN Charter and its strengths and weaknesses.

  • by Yong Soon Tan

    When Singapore became a sovereign state in 1965, the fledgling nation faced very similar problems as most other developing countries. In a scant four decades, it has become the 6th wealthiest country in the world in terms of per capita GDP. This book is a suitable read for those interested in environment-development issues.

  • - The Building of an ASEAN Economic Community

    Against the backdrop of significant developments in regional economic cooperation and integration, this book presents some of the key challenges facing ASEAN as it embarks on an ambitious project to establish an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.

  • by Rodolfo C Severino

    Sets down the basic facts about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. This booklet provides facts on ASEAN's establishment, membership, financing and decision-making. It explains what ASEAN is doing to integrate the regional economy and promote regional cooperation on the environment, poverty reduction, and natural disasters.

  • - Eastern Indonesian Women on the Move
    by Catharina Purwani Williams

    Dealing with the debates on gender, subjectivity, and the local specificity, this book aims to contribute to an understanding of women's mobility and spatial relations in Eastern Indonesia. It is suitable for scholars of geography, migration, gender and microeconomics as well as for general readers.


    This study examines international migration in the context of an integrated world economy. Specifically, it looks at the history of migration in modern Southeast Asia; investments, remittances and welfare; the vulnerability of workers; national migration policies; and the problem of irregular migrants.

  • - The Political Economy of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific

    Assesses the political feasibility of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) proposal and looks at alternative modalities for achieving free trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific. This report includes trade policy perspectives from the three largest economies of the region: the United States, China, and Japan.

  • - A Reassessment
    by John T. Sidel

    Traces a pattern of marked decline, demobilization, and disentanglement from state power for Islamist forces in Southeast Asia. This study provides a different explanation for the "Islamist threat" in Southeast Asia, and also suggests different policy implications from those offered by specialists on terrorism working on the region.

  • by A'an Suryana

    In his second term, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia remains committed in combating radicalism. Anti-radicalism measures have been expanded to include the Indonesian civil service. This paper argues that some challenges arose during the process of implementing the policy including the lack of cooperation from Personnel Development Officers.


    What is the relevance of civil society to people empowerment, effective governance, and deepening democracy? This book addresses this question by examining the activities and public participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the areas of religion, ethnicity, gender and the environment.

  • - Politics in the Emerging Democracy
    by Bernhard Platzdasch
    £48.99 - 66.49

  • by Saw Swee-Hock
    £37.99 - 55.99

    Presents an analysis of population trends and patterns in Singapore. This book includes chapters devoted to population growth and distribution, changing population structure, mortality trends and differentials, marriage trends and patterns, divorce trends and patterns, family planning, and abortion and sterilization.

  • - China, Singapore and India
    by Asad-ul Iqbal Latif

    Geography has moulded Singapore's self-definition, much as it has shaped the contours of the rest of Southeast Asia, a region that lies south of China and east of India. This book combines diplomatic history and international relations theory to show how Singapore is facilitating China's and India's engagement of Southeast Asia.

  • by Nadirsyah Hosen

    Focuses on constitutional reform in Indonesia (1999-2002) from the perspective of shari'a. This book poses the crucial question implicit in the amendments to the 1945 Constitution: can shari'a and democratic constitutionalism be fused without compromising on human rights, the rule of law, and religious liberty?

  • - The Political Economy of Industrialization by Tin Maung Maung Than
    by Tin Maung Maung Than

    Focuses on the state's efforts to industrialize Myanmar. Examining developments during the 1948-88 period, this study situates the Myanmar case within the developmental state paradigm, whereby a critique of the investment-driven-pathway of Myanmar's political economy under socialist ethos is provided.

  • - Towards Security Convergence
    by Sudhir Devare

    Examines the areas of comprehensive security and the growing understanding between India and Southeast Asia where there is less divergence and greater convergence. The author argues that India-Southeast Asia security convergence is not and should not be aimed at any particular country.

  • by David W. H. Koh

    Any analysis of Vietnam's state-society relations needs to recognize both elements of dominance and accommodation, and specify the context in which either or both are seen. To demonstrate how state-disaggregation can make our view more nuanced, this book analyses state-society interaction at the ward level of Hanoi, an urban local authority.

  • - Singapore Business in China
    by Sree Kumar, Sharon Siddique & Yuwa Hedrick-Wong

    Provides an insightful and objective analysis on how to be successful in China, especially for Singapore businessmen. The authors have distilled several important lessons that have become apparent for business success in China.

  • - Jose Rizal in Southeast Asia
    by Nery

  • - A Biography of S. Rajaratnam
    by Irene Ng
    £0.00 - 39.99

    Provides a comprehensive portrayal of S. Rajaratnam - one of Singapore's outstanding leaders who played a crucial part in the momentous and crisis-ridden transition to independence.

  • by Julian C. H. Lee

  • by Kripa Sridharan

    Provides a comparative sketch of regionalism in South and Southeast Asia. This book argues that regionalism is here to stay and both imitation and innovation are the preferred strategies for sustaining the process. It points out that economic integration requires certain prior conditions to be fulfilled.

  • - Nation, Culture and Identity in Singapore
    by Selvaraj Velayutham

    Investigates the Singapore Government's approach to the construction of national identity. This book focuses on the global/national nexus: the tensions between the necessity to embrace the global to ensure economic survival, yet needing a committed population to support the perpetuation of the nation-state and its economic success.

  • by Burnett Roumasset

    Provides evidence and insight into key elements of what is required to achieve sustainability by framing important policy questions and illustrating the consequences of policy alternatives in systems with complex interactions.

  • by Saw Swee-Hock
    £37.99 - 44.49

    A project of Malaysia Study Programme of ISEAS, this book covers Malaysia since its formation in 1963, using statistics collected in the four pan-Malaysia Population Censuses held in 1970, 1980, 1991, and 2000, and data from other sources up to 2005 wherever possible.

  • by Johan Saravanamuttu

    This captures Malaysia's foreign policy over the first fifty years and beyond since the date of the country's formal independence in 1957. The author provides ""macro-historical"" narratives of foreign policy practices and outcomes over distinct time periods under the tenures of the five prime ministers.

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