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  • Author: Nermeen Shaikh
  • Publication Date: 02-2005
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Asia Society
  • Abstract: Christopher de Bellaigue is the correspondent for the Economist in Tehran. He studied Persian and Indian Studies at Cambridge University and has spent the last decade living and working in the Middle East and South Asia. He writes for the New York Review of Books, Granta and the New Yorker.
  • Topic: International Relations, Foreign Policy
  • Political Geography: New York, Europe, South Asia, Middle East, India
  • Author: Peggy Reeves Sanday
  • Publication Date: 04-2003
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Asia Society
  • Abstract: The distinction made in Indonesia and elsewhere between political Islam (also called Islamism) and cultural Islam puts into sharp relief the reality that in many parts of the Islamic world communities subscribing to the "five pillars" of Islamic practice also live in syncretism with traditions that can be traced to centuries-old pre-Islamic traditions. Like Christianity and many of the world's other religious traditions, the spread of Islam was due to its ability to accommodate not abolish local tradition.
  • Topic: Security, Religion, Terrorism
  • Political Geography: South Asia, Indonesia
  • Author: Nermeen Shaikh
  • Publication Date: 12-2002
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Asia Society
  • Abstract: Talal Asad has conducted extensive research on the phenomenon of religion (and secularism), particularly the religious revival in the Middle East. Professor Asad is the author of Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993). His new book, Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity will be published by Stanford University Press in February 2003. Professor Asad is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center.
  • Topic: Government, Religion
  • Political Geography: South Asia, Middle East
  • Author: Kongdan Oh
  • Publication Date: 03-2002
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Asia Society
  • Abstract: A half-century of zero-sum confrontation between South and North Korea ended symbolically when the two leaders of divided Korea finally met on June 13, 2000. The 74-year-old Kim Dae-jung, president of South Korea (the Republic of Korea, or ROK), flew to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK), to meet his counterpart, 58-year-old Kim Jong-il, chairman of the National Defense Committee. At Sunan Airport, the two leaders embraced while thousands of mobilized North Koreans sent up rousing cheers. Tens of thousands more lined the motorcade route into the city, and millions around the world watched the television coverage, fighting to keep back tears of joy.
  • Topic: Nuclear Weapons
  • Political Geography: United States, Israel, East Asia, Asia, South Korea, North Korea, Korea
  • Author: Justin Sommers, Rapporteur
  • Publication Date: 11-2001
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Asia Society
  • Abstract: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Asia Society are pleased to present the report of our conference entitled “The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know,” which took place in Washington, D.C., on November 30, 2001. The conference, engaging experts and policymakers both in and out of government, was one phase in a larger joint project of the two organizations that will result in a scholarly volume.
  • Topic: Diplomacy, Political Economy
  • Political Geography: United States, China, South Asia, Washington, India, Asia
  • Author: Frederick Z. Brown
  • Publication Date: 11-2000
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Asia Society
  • Abstract: On November 17, 2000, President Bill Clinton begins a four-day state visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the first visit ever by an American president to the unified country of Vietnam. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and several cabinet secretaries, most likely state, commerce, health and human services, veterans affairs, and the United States Trade Representative (USTR). A congressional delegation is also planned.
  • Topic: International Relations, Foreign Policy, Democratization, Economics, Human Rights, Politics
  • Political Geography: United States, America, Vietnam, Southeast Asia
  • Author: Linda Y.C. Lim, Frank Ching, Bernardo M. Villegas
  • Publication Date: 02-1999
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Asia Society
  • Abstract: The ongoing Asian economic crisis that began in mid-1997 ranks as Asia's second biggest event in since world war ii. the crisis abruptly halted the region's unprecedented three decades of rapid economic growth. It has also had wider global repercussions-not only in terms of its effects on non-Asian economies but also its implications for established canons of Western economic theory and policy-making, particularly with respect to exchange rate management and open capital markets. Many noted American economists and international capital market actors now publicly disagree on these matters.
  • Topic: Economics
  • Political Geography: America, Asia
  • Author: Stanley Fischer, Joseph E. Estrada, Fidel Valdez Ramos, Mei-Wei Cheng, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II, Linda Y. C. Lim, Jose Trinidad Pardo, H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Aroyo, Tadao Chino, Jose L. Cuisia
  • Publication Date: 02-1999
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Asia Society
  • Abstract: I am pleased to welcome all of you to the Philippines on the occasion of the tenth Asia Society's Annual Corporate Conference, which is being held for the first time in Manila. I am also glad that this event marks the official launching of the Society's office in our country.
  • Topic: Economics
  • Political Geography: Asia, Philippines
  • Author: Marshall Bouton
  • Publication Date: 07-1998
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Asia Society
  • Abstract: It was recognized at the outset of the workshop that India's and Pakistan's nuclear tests in May 1998 raised a number of questions, both broad and specific. Three broad, but counter-intuitive questions were identified. First, just how much have the tests really changed the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and South Asia's security situation? A case can be made that the two countries' tests do no more than make explicit their nuclear capabilities, which have been fairly confidently known for years if not decades. Second, are there enhanced opportunities for stability and security as a result of the tests? While on the one hand the tests increase risks of conflict resulting from miscalculations and accidents, it is also possible that they will focus the attention of India and Pakistan on reducing tensions between them, and on increasing the security of the region as a whole. The tests might also have the benefit of making external actors such as China more aware of South Asia's security dynamics and the implications of its own policies for the region. Third, how much influence does the international community have on India's and Pakistan's nuclear weapons programs? In the past, India and Pakistan have been strongly resistant to external efforts to influence their security policies, and it is quite likely that this will remain the case despite strong responses to the tests from countries such as the United States.
  • Topic: Nationalism, Nuclear Weapons
  • Political Geography: Pakistan, United States, China, South Asia, India
  • Author: Frederick Z. Brown, William Clinton, Jiang Zemin, William Itoh
  • Publication Date: 01-1997
  • Content Type: Working Paper
  • Institution: Asia Society
  • Abstract: Next week, when President Jiang Zemin comes to Washington, it will be the first state visit by a Chinese leader to the United States for more than a decade. The visit gives us the opportunity and the responsibility to chart a course for the future that is more positive and more stable and, hopefully, more productive than our relations have been for the last few years.
  • Topic: International Relations
  • Political Geography: United States, China, New York, Asia, Southeast Asia