Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Asian Century

Will Pakistan implode? Whatever happened to “Asian values”? Is there a Pacific arms race? Will China’s rise swamp Asia’s smaller economies? Will the Taliban’s revival bring chaos to Central Asia? Can Japan ever establish relations of trust with its neighbors?

Sixty percent of the world’s population resides in the countries extending from Afghanistan to the micro-states of Oceania. Immense and immensely diverse, Asia now confronts the simultaneous challenges of modernization and globalization. This compels not only awareness of the wider world, but also accommodations that may clash with embedded values. Modernization offers real material gains, but also incites serious internal divisions.

How Asian states and societies confront, adapt to, and shape change in the region– from technology to finance to politics – will powerfully influence the future of our increasingly interdependent world. The Asian Century, undertaken in cooperation with The Asia Society, one of the world’s premier think tanks on Asian affairs, brings readers a unique mix of leading Asian commentators and decision-makers, as well as Asia experts from around the world.

Contributors have included distinguished figures from across the continent, such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former Japanese Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka, former President of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, Singaporean strategic analyst Simon Tay, novelist Arundhati Roy and former South Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-soo.

Whether the issue is China's emergence as a world power, Japan’s tormented relationship to its past, or India’s struggle to combine democracy with fast economic growth, The Asian Century focus on deep trends, unorthodox opinions, and thought-provoking reflections offers a long-term perspective unavailable anywhere else.

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