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NBR Analysis

Volume 18

National Bureau of Asian Research

Publication Year: 2000

This publication collects all five issues in volume 18 of the NBR Analysis, which offers timely essays on the most important economic, political, and strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region

Published by: National Bureau of Asian Research

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Contents

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pp. i-ii

Volume 18, Number 1, January 2007

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Foreword

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pp. 3-4

Readers of NBR Analysis are fortunate to have here the considered reflections on the developing politics of Northeast Asia of two of the wisest diplomat-scholars in the region. Gathering their thoughts for addresses to a November 17–18, 2006 NBR conference to mark the new Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Ambassadors Armacost and Satoh write from the perspective of decades of experience. ...

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The Mismatch between Northeast Asian Change and American Distractions

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pp. 5-12

In the intermediate-range future no region is of greater consequence to the United States than Northeast Asia. It is in that region that the interests of the great powers intersect most directly. Northeast Asia is one of the most dynamic zones in the world economy, the area where the United States has the largest and most rapidly growing merchandise trade ...

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Changes in Northeast Asian Geopolitics

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pp. 13-20

North Korea’s nuclear test has produced policy cohesion among the five major players of Northeast Asian geopolitics: the United Stated, Japan, China, South Korea, and Russia. Symbolically, China, South Korea, and Russia, which were hitherto reluctant to apply apparent pressure on Pyongyang, have come to join the United Sates and Japan in applying non-military sanctions to North Korea. ...

Volume 18, Number 2, March 2007

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Foreword

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pp. 23-24

North Korea’s nuclear weapons test of October 9, 2006 gravely escalated the long-running international crisis surrounding its nuclear program, exacerbated fears of a nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia, and severely challenged the global norm of nonproliferation enshrined in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). ...

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Living with the Bomb

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pp. 25-34

Since the end of the Bush administration in 2008 efforts to disarm North Korea have failed. Despite the February 2007 six-party agreement, which shut down North Korea’s plutonium production facilities, Pyongyang has refused to take additional steps to disable North Korea’s nuclear facilities or to relinquish its existing stocks of fissile materials and weapons. ...

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A New Nuclear Bargain: Atoms for Peace 2.0?

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pp. 35-48

This essay addresses two sets of questions. The first is how U.S. nonproliferation strategies might need to adapt in the face of challenges posed by North Korea and Iran. The second asks how U.S. policies regarding our own nuclear programs might change in light of the North Korean and Iranian challenges. ...

Volume 18, Number 3, March 2008

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Introduction: Civic Platforms or Radical Springboards?

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pp. 51-64

The essays by Ann Marie Murphy and Bridget Welsh in this issue are products of the third year of a project by The National Bureau of Asian Research on Islamic education and professional associations in Southeast Asia. The first two years of the project (2004–06) were dedicated to examining the varieties and socio-political impact of Islamic education in five Southeast Asian countries: ...

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The Role of Professional Organizations in Indonesia’s Socio‑political Transformation

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pp. 65-82

Indonesia’s socio-political landscape since the fall of Suharto in 1998 has been marked by two dramatic contests: first, the contest to consolidate democracy between reformasi (democracy) advocates and elites whose interests are threatened by an open and accountable government; and second, the contest between competing Muslim groups that are attempting to influence the country’s political development ...

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New Identities, New Politics: Malaysia’s Muslim Professionals

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pp. 83-100

A profound deepening of religious identity has occurred among all the major ethnic groups in Malaysia. Nowhere is this development more evident than in the Malay-Muslim community that now comprises the majority of the country’s population and holds political power.1 This deepening of Islamization in Malaysia began in the early 1970s, ...

Volume 18, Number 4, March 2008

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Foreword

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pp. 103-104

Islamic finance, based on Islamic law (sharia), mandates risk- and profit-sharing, prohibits interest payments, and emphasizes ethical investments that contribute to the greater good of society. Islamic financial products offer an appealing alternative to conventional portfolios. In 2002, not long after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, then U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill was quoted ...

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Enhancing Interlinkages and Opportunities: The Role of Islamic Finance

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pp. 105-114

Five years ago discussions regarding Islamic finance focused on the challenges of developing an efficient and robust Islamic financial system. Today the Islamic financial system has evolved significantly to become a dynamic and competitive form of financial intermediation in the global financial system. ...

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Islamic Finance: Sustainability and Challenges

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pp. 115-124

The renewed interest and hype surrounding Islamic finance are unprecedented. Since these coincide with Western financial institutions’ commercial interest in attracting flows generated from oil revenues and savings, there is a degree of skepticism, both inside and outside Muslim jurisdictions, regarding the sustainability of the Islamic finance industry. ...

Volume 18, Number 5, April 2008

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Foreword

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pp. 127-128

China’s peaceful development doctrine is a broad strategy endorsed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), whose central goal is the transformation of China into a modern and sustainably developed country through rapid economic growth. The greatest challenge for this strategy is that Beijing must reassure regional neighbors that China’s increasing economic, military, and political power do not pose a threat. ...

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Southeast Asian Reactions to China’s Peaceful Development Doctrine: Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand

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pp. 129-138

The trajectory of China’s improving relations with Southeast Asia across the entire spectrum of bilateral and multilateral interaction has been accelerated under the leadership of President and Party General Secretary Hu Jintao. China is simultaneously deepening existing patterns of economic, political, and socio-cultural cooperation and developing new and more intense patterns ...

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South Korea’s Reactions to China’s “Peaceful Development”

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pp. 139-146

If there are countries toward which China has not needed a “charm offensive,” South Korea would certainly be one of them. Over the years many observers were curious about the pace at which South Korea implemented rapprochement with China even before the end of the Cold War. Throughout the 1980s views of China as a potential threat were rare in South Korea. ...

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Assessing India’s Reactions to China’s Peaceful Development Doctrine

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pp. 147-160

China’s diplomatic “charm offensive” in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Persian Gulf region, and India’s immediate neighborhood has involved major political, economic, and strategic investments that have had the effect of bringing Indian interests under pressure. Such diplomatic penetration has, however, also made some of the courted countries wary of China’s strategic ambitions, ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781939131249

Page Count: 164
Publication Year: 2000

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