ISIS publications cover a wide range of subjects
Titles available ranging from economic to security issues.
To purchase books, please click Order Form
Papers and Articles
Recent papers or articles on various national as well as international issues.
A limited circulation quarterly magazine covering ISIS activities
The Asia Pacific Roundtable Series: selected papers from the 22nd Asia Pacific Roundtable
THE ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM
The Road Ahead
By Ralph A. Cossa
34 pages (2009)
SECURITY AND STABILITY IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC
Issues and Responses
By Stewart Firth
16 pages (2009)
RE-EMERGENCE OF RUSSIA
Implications for the Asia Pacific
By Raghavendra G Gidadhubli
52 pages (2009)
TERRORISM VS POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN SOUTHEAST
ASIA: Trends, Threats and Responses
By Natasha Hamilton-Hart
17 pages (2009)
HAS JAPAN LOST ITS REVELANCE?
By Eiichi Katahara
12 pages (2009)
THE STRATEGIC IMPACT OF A RISING INDIA
Prospects and Challenges
By Kishan S Rana
17 pages (2009)
The Asia Pacific Roundtable Series: selected papers from the 21st Asia Pacific Roundtable
CONSTRUCTING THE SOCIAL ASEAN
by M.C. Abad, Jr
23 pages (2008)
ASEAN AT 40
Reinventing, Challenges and Prospects
By Philip Bowring
12 pages (2008)
PUTTING ALL THE CARDS ON THE TABLE
Trust as a Factor in the War Against Terror
by Bahtiar Effendy
15 pages (2008)
APEC AND EAST ASIAN CO-OPERATION
Prospects for Constructive Co-existence
by Andrew Elek
20 pages (2008)
JAPAN AS A ‘NORMAL’ STATE
Implications for the Region
by Brad Glosserman
16 pages (2008)
THE GEOPOLITICS OF ENERGY INSECURITY
by Mohan Malik
31 pages (2008)
‘ISLAM AND THE WEST’ DIALOGUE
What Achievements? What New Effective Methods?
by Shireen M Mazari
16 pages (2008)
CLIMATE CHANGE AND SECURITY IN ASIA
by Simon S C Tay
26 pages (2008)
PEACE IN THE PACIFIC: CONFRONTING THE ISSUES (20th APR)
602 pp (2007)
Edited by Stephen Leong
RM 89.00 ISBN – 978-967947-292-9
This volume encompasses selected papers from the 20th Asia Pacific Roundtable conference that took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 29 to June 1, 2006. The Roundtable series had its first conference in 1987. This year 2006 saw the 20th anniversary of the conference.
JIHAD REVISITED? SHIFTING DYNAMICS OF RADICAL MOVEMENTS IN INDONESIA TODAY
56 pp (2007)
By Farish Ahmad-Noor
ISBN – 967-947-288-4
In this paper the author, who had spent close to two months in Indonesia, outlines his study on the translocal, transnational transfer of ideas, especially the development and reform of Islamic education at higher institutions of learning in Indonesia. He looked at the traditional sources of Islamic education i.e. the pesantrens and madrasahs. It was a journey to locate actors and agents who are part of the Islamic discursive process in Indonesia and to trace their origins.
NOORDIN SOPIEE: A MAN AND HIS IDEAS
Selected writing and speeches
708 pp (2006)
Edited by Mohamed Jawhar Hassan
RM 130.00 ( H/C) ISBN – 967947-290-6
This book encompasses a collection of selected papers and articles of the late Tan Sri Dr Noordin Sopiee as well as speeches delivered by him on various occasions. These were written or presented over a period of time that encompassed both the time when he was in the New Straits Times Press (where he rose to the position of Group Editor-in-Chief) and when he headed the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, first as Director-General and later as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Dr Noordin was a prolific writer possessed of a unique writing style that made his works memorable. His works reflect a mind that was rational and pragmatic, while imbued at the same time with a sense of idealism.
ASIA PACIFIC SECURITY: IMPERATIVES FOR CO-OPERATION (19th APR)
462 pp (2006)
Edited by Stephen Leong
ISBN – 967947-291-4
Two decades since its inception, the Asia Pacific Roundtable (APR) continues to bring together the region’s scholars, think tank researchers, policy practitioners and representatives of people’s organisations to interact and to exchange views on current security issues and thus contribute to the valuable discourse on regional security in the Asia Pacific. This volume contains selected papers from those presented at the 19th APR.
MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE, GROWTH, POVERTY REDUCTION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
83 pp (2006)
By UNDP Malaysia, MIER & ISIS
This publication documents the changing patterns and structure of Malaysia’s international trade, and shows how sustained trade-led growth has contributed to a massive reduction in poverty rates, as well as leading to high human development.
PACIFYING THE PACIFIC: CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGES (18TH APR)
438 pp (2005)
Edited by Mohamed Jawhar Hasaan
The 18th Asia Pacific Roundtable addressed a number of comprehensive security challenges confronting the region. Uppermost were the implications to global and regional security posed by the extraordinary policies adopted by major powers following the Sept 11 attacks and the continuing threat posed by international terrorism. A major subject of interest was whether there would be a change in US foreign and security policy following the then impending presidential election, what forms any change may take, and the likely implications. The inconclusive campaign against the international terrorist threat was also a cause for anxiety. One of the issues raised was whether the policies and measures instituted to defeat terrorism, as well as the invasion of Iraq, were not in fact further aggravating the problems.
THE FUTURE OF THE MUSLIM WORLD
12 pp (2005)
By Noordin Sopiee
ISBN – 9967947-288-4
The writer expounds on his vision for the future of the Muslim Ummah. He sets out nine missions that the Muslim world should adopt in order to attempt a massive turnaround in the decades to come, so that it can, hopefully, emerge one day as one of the major contributors to the comprehensive human civilization of the 21st century.
ASIA PACIFIC SECURITY: INVESTING IN PEACE (17TH APR)
442 pp (2004)
Edited by Mohamed Jawhar Hassan
ISBN – 967947-287-6
This compilation of papers presented at the 17th Asia Pacific Roundtable discusses the general security outlook for the region, terrorism and its related issues, Islam in Southeast Asia, the nexus between the media and security, the Internet’s challenges to security, the gender dimension of human security, environmental security, and a new blueprint towards an Asean Economic Community.
THE TRAGEDY THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. MALAYSIA’S CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND CAPITAL CONTROLS
338 PP (2003)
By Dr Marie Aimee Tourres
ISBN 967-947-285-X – RM89/US$ 23.50
ISBN 967-947-285-? – RM49/US$ 13.00
The book has several distinct aims. Most important, it gives the background to, and an account of, Malaysia’s response to the 1997 Asian crisis. By taking the reader through the Malaysian crisis management process, it exposes the reader to the long road that the government had had to tread in order to get out of the woods. This book casts a bird’s-eye view over Malaysia’s crisis management period and provides a basis that can help improve our understanding of the situation. The material presented is mainly descriptive in nature. Though this is a book dealing with economics, emphasis is not placed on statistics, and tables and charts are kept to a minimum. It is addressed to those who wish to understand what lay behind the international headlines after July 1997, as far as Malaysia is concerned, and portrays a mixture of theory, analysis, accounts and anecdotes of Malaysia’s crisis management and its experience with capital controls.
ASIA PACIFIC SECURITY: UNCERTAINTY IN A CHANGING WORLD ORDER (16TH APR)
584 pp (2003)
Edited by Elina Noor & Mohamed Jawhar Hassan
The 16th Asia Pacific Roundtable was convened in June 2002, when the world was still recovering from the after-effects of the terrorist attacks of Sept 11 2001, and the US military strike in Afghanistan that followed. The roundtable, held against the imposing backdrop of international terrorism, sought to analyse not just to constructs of the issue of terrorism, but also its geo-strategic implications for countries in the Asia Pacific. This volume contains selected papers from the 16th Roundtable.
K-BASED ECONOMY MASTER PLAN
224 pp (2002)
ISBN – 9657947-281-7
The Knowledge-Based Economy Master Plan charts the course for the development of Malaysia from an input-driven economy to a knowledge-based one in order to sustain competitiveness and dynamic growth, to fulfill the goals of Vision 2020. The Master Plan contains 136 recommendations to be undertaken in seven critical areas, of which human resources development has been identified as the most important. The Master Plan should be invaluable in catalysing new growth and fostering added prosperity for the people of Malaysia.
ASIA PACIFIC SECURITY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY (15TH APR)
623 pp (2002)
Edited by Mohamed Jawhar Hassan
The 15th Asia Pacific Roundtable was held in June 2001, at a time when most of the economies of the region appeared to have had weathered the worst of the financial and economic crises that had afflicted them. As the region stood poised on the threshold of the 21st century, it faced major challenges and issues. The Roundtable discussed some of these issues, ranging from implications for the region of the policies of the Bush administration, the implications of China’s entry into WTO on other economies, to the impact of democratic reform upon the security of states and the region. This volume contains selected papers from the Roundtable.
THE ASIA PACIFIC IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM (14TH APR)
770 pp (2001)
Edited by Mely C Anthony & Mohamed Jawhar Hassan
Expectations of the new millennium were mixed – ranging from euphoria about brighter futures to come, to concerns that nothing else was new. These mixed responses mirrored the expectations of prospects for peace in the Asia-Pacific region. Still reeling from the experience of the economic and political turmoil brought on by the Asian financial crisis, the region was understandably cautious in its outlook. This book contains papers presented at the 14th Roundtable that was held in June 2000.
BEYOND THE CRISIS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES (13TH APR)
(1 set of 2 volumes)
Vol 1 – 415 pp (2000); Vol 2 – 438 pp (2000)
ISBN – 967947-244-2
RM 150.00 (2 Vols)
Edited by Mely C Anthony & Mohamed Jawhar Hassan
At the 13th Asia-Pacific Roundtable, two years after the Asian financial crisis struck, participants sat down to take stock of the past and discuss the challenges and opportunities of the future. This book contains the papers presented by these participants, in two volumes. Volume I covers the main challenges that confronted the Asia-Pacific region during this period, while Volume II covers the more specific issues that the region faced.
1996 – 1999
TAMING TURMOIL IN THE PACIFIC (12TH APR)
Edited by Mohamed Jawhar Hassan & Mely C Anthony
1999 441 pp RM 75.00 ISBN 967947-243-4
The 12th Asia Pacific Roundtable was held exactly a year after the economic crisis first hit the region. Papers presented at the roundtable included in-depth analyses of the economic and social impacts of the economic crisis in Asia and discussions on the task of restoring Asia’s dynamism. Complementing these issues were papers discussing good governance, and domestic and regional stability as the agenda for the future. Other topics covered included: containing transnational crime, the environmental hazard posed by haze, peace prospects in the Korean Peninsula and the strengthened NPT Review Process.
JAPAN AND ASIA IN AN ERA OF ECONOMIC INTERDEPENDENCE
Edited by Kazue Sugiyama & Stephen Leong
1998 115 pp RM 15.00 ISBN 967-947-239-5
At the time of the Fourth Annual Conference on Japan (ACJ IV) held on Aug 1-2, 1998, Japan’s economy was seeing signs of recovery while the rest of Asia was enjoying unprecedented dynamic growth. As the economies in Asia had gained more competence and vigour in the course of rapid economic development, their relationship with Japan was becoming increasingly interdependent. This book is a compilation of papers presented at the AJV IV.
JAPANESE OFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE IN SOUTH EAST ASIA: SPECIAL REFERENCE TO MALAYSIA
By Junichi Yamada
1998 149 pp RM 30.00 ISBN 967947-233-7
This is a highly informative study on the role of Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Southeast Asia. It assesses the impact of Japan’s ODA on the economic development of Southeast Asian countries. An in-depth analysis is given on its contribution to Malaysia’s development, particularly in the power sector and human resource development. Problems associated with the current ODA scheme are also identified and examined.
A PACIFIC PEACE: ISSUES AND RESPONSE (11TH APR)
Edited by Mohamed Jawhar Hassan
1998 568 pp RM 65.00 ISBN 967947-232-9
The 11th Asia Pacific Roundtable took place at a time when the region was witnessing several events of significance to regional security. China saw a relatively uneventful change of leadership after the demise of Deng Xiaoping, Hong Kong was to revert to Chinese rule after more than 100 years of British rule and in Southeast Asia there was the prospect of Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar joining Asean. The repercussions of these events on regional security dominated discussions at the Conference. Notably, there was a separate session on Hong Kong, China and another on the challenges and implications of an enlarged Asean. This book contains selected papers from those presented at the Conference
Asia in the Pacific Rim: Towards the 21st Century
By Minoru Makihara
1998 15 pp RM5.00 ISBN 967947-235-3
The Lecture covers various issues pertaining to the dawn of the Pacific Century, including those facing the developing Asian economies. Also examined are Japan’s position and responsibility in the region, the impact of Japan–US relations and the role of regional and multilateral fora in Asia.
Japan–Malaysia Relations at the Crossroads
By Taizo Nakamura
1998 7 pp RM 5.00 ISBN 967947-236-1
The Lecture highlights the need to re-assess Japan-Malaysia relations in light of the rapid changes that have taken place in both countries and in the surrounding environment. Both sides are encouraged to look for new avenues for co-operation. Japan is also urged to play a more active role in the region.
EAST ASIAN ECONOMIES: SUSTAINING GROWTH AND STABILITY
Edited by Hong Ong Chong
1997 149 pp RM 25.00 ISBN 967947-229-9
This book contains papers presented at the JIIA-ISIS Malaysia Symposium on East Asia Economies, with the theme ‘Sustaining Growth and Stability’. Participants from 13 East Asian countries exchanged views on major regional concerns and discussed new forward-looking strategies to sustain growth. Topics covered include deepening economic linkages in trade, foreign direct investment and labour, management of currency fluctuations and stabilisation of capital flow, the impact of human resource development on sustained growth in East Asia and reconciling environment with sustainable development.
REVITALISATION OF JAPAN’S ECONOMY: IMPLICATIONS FOR MALAYSIA
Edited by Kazue Sugiyama & Stephen Leong
1997 89 pp RM 15.00 ISBN 967947-230-2
This book is a compilation of papers presented at the Third Annual Conference on Japan. It focuses on three main themes of the Conference: 1) examining Japan’s effort in revitalising its economy; ii) assessing the possible impact of Japan’s economic transformation on Malaysian economy; and iii) learning from Japan’s shortcomings and mistakes so as to identify pitfalls to be avoided by Malaysia. Among the topics covered are the diagnosis and prognosis of Japan’s economy, an analysis of Japan’s foreign direct investments in Malaysia in the 90s and the implication of Japanese companies’ restructuring for small and medium-sized enterprises.
BRINGING PEACE TO THE PACIFIC (10TH APR)
Edited by Mohamed Jawhar Hassan & Sheikh Ahmad Raffie
1997 697 pp RM 40.00 ISBN 967947-226- 4
The Tenth Asia Pacific Roundtable marked the tenth anniversary of the launching of the Roundtable series. It was significant for the strong and active Chinese participation at the meeting following their absence two years earlier. Also notable was a session on the proposed norms and principles from security co-operation among states in the region, which was especially timely given the formation of Asean Regional Forum and the absence of normative instruments such as the Treaty of Amity and Co-operation in Southeast Asia for the larger Asia Pacific region. Selected papers from the roundtable are compiled in this book.
Technological Transformation and Japan’s National Security
By Richard Samuels
1997 12 pp RM 5.00 ISBN 967947-234-5
This lecture by Prof. Richard Samuels focuses on the relationship between technology and national security in Japan. According to the speaker, Japan provides lessons on how to obtain both national security and prosperity for a nation as well as lessons on instituting a national system of innovation. As Japan believes that control of technology is a matter of national security, it is important to understand the policy implications on Japan–US and Japan–Asia relations.
ASEAN, APEC AND ASEM: CONCENTRIC CIRCLES AND ‘OPEN CLUBS’
By Andrew Elak & Hadi Soesastro
1997 25 pp RM 3.50 ISBN – 967947-231-0
This paper analyses the principles for liberalising and facilitating investment in Apec set out in the 1995 Osaka Action Agenda. It also analyses the need for further refining these principles. It proposes a concise set of guiding principles which build on those agreed in Osaka and generalise the fundamental GATT/WTO principles of transparency, non-discrimination and national treatment. The authors believe the principles proposed in the paper for co-operative arrangement for economic links involving Asean and non-Asean economies.’
CONCEPTUALISING ASIA PACIFIC
Edited by Mohamed Jawhar & Thangam Ramnath
1996 92 pp RM 15.00 ISBN 967947-225-6
This book is a compilation of papers presented at the 2nd Meeting of the Cscap Working Group on the Concepts of Comprehensive and Co-operative Security. It was generally agreed that this meeting advanced the discussion on the meaning of comprehensive and co-operative security, the outlines of an organising concept for management of security in the Asia Pacific region and the institutional arrangements for implementing comprehensive security in the region. The application and practice of comprehensive security in selected security contexts, namely migration, ethnic conflicts and territorial disputes in the South China Sea were also examined.
MANAGING SECURITY AND PEACE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC (9TH APR)
Edited by Thangam Ramnath
1996 594 pp RM 38.00 ISBN 967947- 218-3
The Ninth Asia Pacific Roundtable focused heavily on non-conventional challenges to security. The role of the media in the making of peace and conflict and its impact on interstate relations came under close scrutiny. Besides the usual conventional and non-conventional security issues, other topics discussed included the security and political implications of mega trends in Asia, multilateralism and sub regionalism, and the Cscap Working Group Reports on comprehensive security building measures in Asia Pacific, and security co-operation in the North Pacific.
Japan and East Asia
By Shinichi Nishio, Kazuo Nukazawa, Katsuhiro Utada & Yuji Auzuki
1996 26 pp RM 5.00 ISBN 967947-217-5
This special issue is a compilation of speeches given by four guest speakers in Kuala Lumpur as part of the `Forum for Promoting Dialogue Between Malaysia and Japan.’ The speeches cover issues pertaining to Japan–Asia relations, more specifically on Japan ‘s economic activities in Asian countries. Japan’s role in Asean‘s economic development was also discussed.
EAEC: Fact and Fiction
21 pp (1996)
By Noordin Sopiee
1996 21 pp RM 2.50 ISBN – 967947- 213-2
Calling the East Asia Economic Co-operation (EAEC) one of the most deliberately misrepresented and misunderstood ideas since World War II, the writer hopes to set the record straight on the EAEC. He quotes extensively from speeches of the proponent of the EAEC, former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who had exhorted Japan to join the grouping as a partner and leader because Japan is the only developed country in East Asia and the only Asian country with the ability to help its fellow Asian countries. He quotes statesmen who think the EAEC is natural, destined and inevitable and then goes on to defend the concept against a list of criticisms.
GROWTH TRIANGLES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA:
Strategy for Development
Edited by Imran Lim Noordin Sopiee
1996 273 pp RM 28.00/US$14.00 ISBN – 967947- 201-9
The focus of the Fourth Southeast Asia Roundtable on Economic Development (RED 4) was growth triangles in Southeast Asia as a strategy for development. This current issue has attracted much interest in the region, especially among regional governments, policy makers, academics and private sector interests. It was felt that growth triangles could spur faster economic growth while simultaneously helping to create ‘borderless economies’ and promote closer regional co-operation. RED 4 was organised to look into these possibilities and to provide a forum to discuss issues on economic growth and regional co-operation, especially in areas of trade, investments, joint exploitation of resources and the service sector and mutual co-operation towards sustainable economic growth for Southeast Asia. From the RED 4 discussions, it is apparent that the idea of growth triangles has already acquired regional acceptability. It was the unanimous consensus that regional governments should support this concept and exploit its potential through greater commitment.
THE FUTURE OF ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AFTER THE OSAKA MEETING
By Noboru Hatakeyama
1996 12 pp RM3.00/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-223-X
The Osaka Apec Meeting was a success in that it would result in Apec countries harmonising tariff nomenclature by 1996. Japan and China will reduce tariffs on hundreds of items. Also, investment in the energy sectors of Apec countries will be facilitated further. The remaining issues are that of the definition of liberalisation of trade and investment and of nondiscrimination in granting most favoured nation status to other countries as a result of trade and investment liberalisation.
The writer also briefly describes the characteristics of the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Area or the Trans-Atlantic Market that was agreed to in December 1995. Finally, he makes out a strong case for the Asia-Pacific-Europe Economic Co-operation by listing the many advantages that this consultation mechanism would hold for Apec countries.
APEC AFTER OSAKA
By Hadi Soesastro
1996 12 pp RM3.00/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-218-3
Dr Hadi believes that it will be a combination of Apec members’ individual action plans (IAPS) and their collective action plans (CAPS) that will characterise the Apec process after the Osaka Summit. Apec post-Osaka will have to be able to demonstrate that ‘Apec methodology now known as “concerted unilateralism,” driven by collective peer pressure of action plans implemented by each economy at its own pace, works. The writer feels the implementation of the Osaka Action Agenda should always be viewed in the broadest context of Apec’s development, which emphasises, among other things, the importance of co-operation among regional countries in such areas as population, food, resources, energy and the environment. The task ahead for Apec is to translate these challenges into a balanced agenda. He goes on to discuss the two pillars of the Osaka Action Agenda: trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation; and economic and technical cooperation, also known as development co-operation.
THE REVOLUTION IN EAST ASIA
By Noordin Sopiee
1996 17 pp RM3.00/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-221-3
The writer describes three basic dimensions to a quiet cumulative revolution that has been taking place in East Asia, which may have equally, if not more, profound consequences for the world as the revolution in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The basic dimensions of the East Asian Revolution are: the economic revolution; the political revolution; and the psychological-cultural revolution. Under the economic revolution. he discusses the dynamism revolution which saw almost every economy in East Asia making dramatic strides to become dynamic economies; the size revolution which saw East Asia becoming an economic giant in the 1990s; and the integration revolution, which sees East Asia as the fastest integrating region in the world in terms of trade and investment. Under the political revolution, he discusses the peace revolution, the human rights revolution, and the democracy revolution. And under the psychological revolution, he discusses the regional consciousness revolution, the confidence revolution and the self-worth/assertiveness revolution.
PROSPECTS FOR REGIONAL CO-OPERATION AFTER THE OSAKA SUMMIT
By Noordin Sopiee
1996 8 pp RM3.00/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-222-1
The writer believes that as a result of the remarkable results achieved at the Osaka Apec Summit, the future of regional co-operation in the Asia-Pacific will be promising. The Summit:
Established a pace-setting style of democratic leadership and consensus-building;
Was able to counter the wrong turn taken during the Seattle Summit in 1993;
Invented and institutionalised the “concerted unilateral approach,” whereby each Apec member will voluntarily submit its own plan for full liberalisation by a targeted period;
Produced in ten Asian economies a much greater sense of confidence and comfort about the entire Apec process;
Restored to Apec a badly-needed sense of realism;
Resulted in concrete and specific steps which are not to be easily dismissed.
PEACEKEEPING EXPERIENCE: Papua New Guinea
By Dennis Renton
1996 6 pp RM2.50/US$2.50 ISBN 967-947-217-5
The South Pacific Regional Peacekeeping Force (SPRPKF) was put together and financed by the Papua New Guinea Government to provide security for the Bougainville Peace Conference in October 1994. Direct Papua New Guinean experience of international peacekeeping is thus confined to the role of inviting, arranging and hosting the SPRPF. Though the force was called in to assist in the resolution of an internal crisis, some general lessons can be drawn from this experience, as this paper outlines.
EAST ASIA TOWARDS THE YEAR 2000:
WHAT THE REGION SHOULD, CAN AND WILL DO
By Ezra Vogel and Ichiro Uchida
1996 21 pp RM5.00/US$2.50 ISBN 967-947-217-5
What is happening in East Asia and will happen to it in the future are the issues being explored by two Asian experts in this CJS Lecture Series booklet. Prof. Ezra Vogel, who has studied and witnessed first hand the changes in East Asia from the 1950s, focused his discussion on China and Southeast Asia, as well as the role of big powers (the United States and Russia) in the region. He traced the changes that are taking place in China and Southeast Asia, examining the progress and developments as well as problems in these countries. Uchida concentrated on the role of Japan in East Asia — past, present and future – and presented an overview on the rapidly changing political scenes in Japan.
SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE COMPANIES IN JAPAN:
CASE STUDY OF SATO CORPORATION
By Norma Mansor
1996 41 pp RM10.00/US$5.00 ISBN 967-947-212-4
This Japan Research Series study examines some of the salient features behind the success of a Japanese family-owned business, Sato Corporation, a small and medium sized corporation (SMC) under the legal Japanese definition. As background, the history of the Japanese economy is discussed briefly, highlighting some of the Japanese policies and government support in rebuilding the economy after WWII and the indirect assistance to the growth of the SMCs. Lessons can be learned from the Japanese experience because SMCs, as vibrant entities that add value, depth and resilience to an economy, play an important role in Malaysia’s effort towards becoming an industrialised nation by the year 2020.
1990 – 1995
THE EMERGING REGIONAL SECURITY ARCHITECTURE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION (8TH APR)
Edited by Bunn Nagara & Cheah Siew Ean
449 pp 1995 RM 35.00 ISBN 967947-219-1
The Eighth Asia Pacific Roundtable addressed issues such as future security in the Asia Pacific, the strengthening of regional security regimes, the future of the Asean Regional Forum and Cscap in the emerging regional security architecture, as well as past and present Asian conflicts, non-conventional threats such as narcotics, labour migration and HIV/Aids to security in the region and the role of major powers in enhancing regional security. Issues discussed for the first time at the Roundtable included narcotics and migration, as well as domestic problems in Canada, the US and Mexico, the latter a departure from the exclusive focus on the Western Pacific Rim which had characterised all previous roundtables.
ATMOSFERA YANG BERUBAH
By John Firor
159 pp 1995 RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN 967-947-203-5
Kita kini sedang berada di ambang perubahan besar atmosfera dunia. Kita menghadapi cabaran yang serius daripada hujan asid, penipisan ozon, dan pemanasan iklim. Sungguhpun kejadian semula jadi banyak mempengaruhi perubahan di atmosfera, namun sejak dekad kebelakangan ini, masalah ini banyak disebabkan oleh pencemaran yang dihasilkan oleh aktiviti manusia. Dalam buku ini, John Firor, seorang pakar dalam kajian atmosfera teiah membincangkan sebab-sebab terjadinya hujan asid, penipisan ozon dan pemanasan ikiim – serta bukti-bukti yang menunjukkan bahawa masalahnya sekarang menjadi semakin parah. Beliau juga mengemukakan banyak cadangan untuk mengawal masalah ini dan bagaimana mengatasi kemusnahan atmosfera dalam bentuk-bentuk lain. Dengan cara yang mudah dan jelas, John Firor membincangkan bagaimana pelepasan bahan sulfur dan nitrogen ke udara boleh mengakibatkan hujan asid, bagaimana pelepasan gas-gas yang mengandungi kiorin ke udara mengakibatkan kemusnahan ozon di atmosfera atas, dan bagaimana kehadiran gas pemerangkap infra-merah di atmosfera boleh menyebabkan kita kehilangan radiasi infra-merah di bumi yang akan mengakibatkan pemanasan iklim. Dalam buku ini, Firor menjelaskan bahawa fakta asas kepada ekologi sejagat ialah hakikat bahawa ketiga-tiga masalah ini wujud dalam bentuk yang berhubungkait antara satu sama lain. Beliau menghuraikan mengapa ketiga-tiga masaiah ini tidak boleh dilihat secara berasingan dan apa yang boleh kita lakukan untuk mengatasinya.
MANAGING INDUSTRIAL TRANSITION IN MALAYSIA
Edited by Vijayakumari Kanapathy
164 pp 1995 RM34.00/US$17.50 ISBN 967-947-200-0
This book consists of seven select papers presented at the seminar ‘Managing Industrial Transition in Malaysia: Policies for the 1990s and Beyond’. The seminar brought together some of the key architects of Malaysia’s industrial policy to:
Review and assess, critically, the adequacy and relevance of policies, strategies and programmes to facilitate and hasten industrial transition;
Draw lessons from the industrialised economies, in particular the Asian Newly Industrialising Economies, in the area of human resource development and technology policies; and
Examine the constraints to policy revision, formulation and implementation.
Transparency, Accountability & Ethics in Malaysia
Edited by Patrick Pillai, Azreen Pharmy, Karen Neoh and Kim Thiruchelvam
175 pp 1995 RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN 967-947-203-5
How best can we create a more ethical and moral society? One approach is to ensure that executives in both the public and private sectors manage the trust bestowed on them by practising the concept of transparency and accountability more effectively. This book examines the practice of the concept in Malaysia and what can — and cannot — be learned from the European, specifically the German, experience. It should interest public sector officials, especially those from the financial, regulatory, law enforcement, and privatised agencies, and private sector executives, especially those from the banking and securities industry, and from the corporate planning, human resources, public affairs and environmental divisions of corporations. This book should also prove useful to students of public administration, law, business administration, and of course the layman — the tax-payer, citizen, employee or consumer — who entrusts others with his welfare and well-being.
Challenges and Choices Facing Employers
By Noordin Sopiee, Patrick Pillai and Kim Thiruchelvam
14 pp 1995 RM2.50/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-046-6
This book focuses on four key trends affecting employers in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the developing nations. Under market revolution, issues discussed include, a new balance between the State and the market, the diminished role of the State, increasing market reliance and coping with new environmental, health and consumer concerns. Under technology revolution, the key challenge is for employers to integrate technology into their production, management and information systems. Under globalisation, there are the issues of cross-country labour mobility and the use of labour standards and economic protectionism. Finally, economic and gender disparities are discussed under economic deprivation and inequality.
JAPANESE EXPERIENCE AND NATION-BUILDING IN ASIA
By Najmul Saqib Khan
10 pp 1995 RM4.00/US$2.00 ISBN 967-947-210-8
Japan constitutes only 0.3% of the world area, and about 3% of its population but yet accounts for 15% of the world’s Gross National Product (GNP). One of the major lessons from the Japanese experience according to the author is that modernisation does not necessarily equate with westernisation. Japan has managed to assimilate new technologies, and economic and market strategies from the West without eliminating or sacrificing their non-economic factors, attitudes, values, behaviour and the mindset. The author summarises the lessons that Asia can learn from the Japanese experience, e.g. the will to change, mass education, land reforms and adoption and adaptation of Western technology.
MANAGING INNOVATION IN JAPANESE COMPANIES:
LESSONS FOR MALAYSIA
By Ong Fon Sim and Mohd Nor Othman
69 pp 1995 RM11.00/US$5.50 ISBN 967-947-204-3
The purpose of this study is to examine innovation management in Japanese companies by using case studies, and to suggest lessons that Malaysia can learn with regard to upgrading its technology through effective Research and Development (R&D) management. The five companies under study are Kao Corporation, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Matsushita Air-conditioning Group of Companies, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. and Toshiba Corporation. Through the lessons drawn from the case studies, the authors formulate recommendations for both the government and the private sectors which include the review of the education system, support for small and medium enterprises, investment in research and commitment to R&D.
DOMESTIC VARIABLES OF JAPAN’S COMMITMENT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
By Paridah Abd Samad
64 pp 1995 RM11.00/US$5.50 ISBN 967-947-205-1
The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the significance of the domestic variables in Japan’s political system to the direction of Japan’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia. Japan’s internal variables have a significant influence in the formulation of Japanese foreign policy. Three domestic variants which are significant are the political parties, the bureaucrats and the interest groups (business community). Although these three actors play important roles in the process of decision-making in Japan, there is a great deal of variety and difference among them, which creates intense cleavages, making Japanese diplomacy largely characterised by divisive politics. The study also provides recommendations for the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the countries of the region, and redefines Japan’s regional role.
ATTRACTING JAPANESE TOURISTS AND ENHANCING THEIR IMPACT ON MALAYSIA
By Khoo Hock Aun
39 pp 1994 RM10.00/US$5.50 ISBN 967-947-181-0
This Japan Research Series paper, part of the Center for Japan Studies at ISIS Malaysia publication programme, describes and analyses Japanese tourist travel to Malaysia. The author is the Deputy Executive Director of the Asean Tourism Information Centre.
THE MAKING OF A SECURITY COMMUNITY IN THE ASIA PACIFIC (7TH APR)
Edited by Bunn Nagara & K S Balakrishnan
350 pp 1994 RM 30.00 ISBN 967947-192-6
This seventh in the Asia Pacific Roundtable series covered new ground in venturing into areas not usually related to defence matters. This included the economic dimension, so hard to ignore in the East Asian context and also the question of human rights. Papers were presented on concepts of security, the security impact and implications of economic development, current trends in regional security, armaments-building and confidence-building, alternative processes to peace, SLOCs and maritime security, a nuclear weapons-free zone in Southeast Asia and the possibilities and perspectives of Korean reunification.
ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION IN PACIFIC ASIA
By Noordin Sopiee
20 pp 1994 RM8.00/US$4.00 ISBN 967-947-186-1
This East Asian Centre for Economic Cooperation Opinion Paper was presented at the Kyushu University International Symposium 1993. It is linked to the 1993-95 project on Asian Economic Dynamism and The New Asia Pacific Economic Order supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan.
SOCIAL SECURITY IN MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE
Practices, Issues and Reform Directions
By Mukul G Asher
86 pp 1994 RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN 967-947-180-2
This book aims firstly to provide an analytical description of the social security systems and their probable effects in Malaysia and Singapore and secondly, to identify major issues facing the social security systems, and suggest possible ways of addressing them. As few quantitative studies of social security issues in the two countries are available, the discussion in this book is largely qualitative and deductive. This study should be treated as essentially exploratory in nature, and suggestions for reforms should be regarded as areas requiring further investigation.
INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN MALAYSIA
Challenge and Response
Edited by Patrick Pillai
209 pp 1994 RM30.00/US$15.00 ISBN 967-947-185-3
This book discusses the challenge of educating, training and developing manpower for Malaysia’s growing industrial needs, and the public and private sector’s role and responsibility in meeting that challenge. It provides an overview of the industrial training system in Malaysia and an insight into the role played by various public agencies and those in the private sector. It ends with some observations on the experiences of other countries. This book will be of interest to policy-planners, decision-makers, educationists, human resource development practitioners and local and foreign investors.
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT UNDER RAPID INDUSTRIALISATION
Edited by Susan Chong and Cho Kah Sin
1994 298 pp RM30.00/US$15.00 ISBN 967-947-177-2
How are the societies in rapidly industrialising Southeast Asia managing the social impact of industrialisation? This is the theme of this book which contains papers delivered during the First Southeast Asia Roundtable on Social Development, which was held in Kuala Lumpur in January, 1992, and was attended by representatives from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Vietnam, and the ILO. The areas covered by the papers include:
Demographic developments, family change and social development;
Supporting working parents;
Anticipating the needs of the aging among the population;
Helping rural migrants adapt to the cities;
Integrating disabled persons into society; and
Promoting voluntary efforts in meeting community needs.
GENERATING A NATIONAL SAVINGS MOVEMENT
Edited by Al’Alim Ibrahim
1994 321pp RM40.00/US$20.00 (sc) RM50.00/US$25.00 (hc) ISBN 967-947-196-9
The First Malaysian National Savings Conference, which was very comprehensive, covered the theoretical framework relating savings to national growth and development. It also covered issues relating to social security, which have emerged with the sustained economic growth and development of the nation, and which in turn have created higher expectations and placed a greater demand on the national social security system. In trying to meet these expectations, the social security and national provident fund systems are under pressure to ensure reasonable yields or returns on investments, while ensuring the safety of the capital sums invested. In trying to address all these issues, the conference has raised a large agenda for further research by economists and social scientists. This book contains the key papers presented at the conference as well as a summary of the workshop proceedings.
Selected Issues and Policy Directions
Edited by Vijayakumari Kanapathy and Ismail Muhd Salleh
1994 370pp RM40.00/US$20.00 ISBN967-947-169-1
This publication on the Malaysian economy is a compilation of individual papers prepared for various fora or based on research projects undertaken by ISIS. These are largely policy-oriented papers that look into the various elements of this new strategy for sustained growth. The papers trace the significant structural changes that had taken place in the 1970s and 1980s, and the structural adjustments of the 1980s. They draw out the major lessons and policy directions for the 1990s and beyond.
LEARNING TO WORK, WORKING TO LEARN
Edited by Patrick Pillai and Ridzwan Othman
1994 160pp RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN967-947-198-5
Rapid industrialisation and a skills shortage have led to a heightened awareness of the need to reform the vocational and educational training (VET) system. A developing country bent on reform needs ideas. Some of the best ideas come from economically successful countries. Japan is one. Germany is another. Germany’s highly successful dual VET system is a crucial factor behind its emergence as an international economic power. The German experience has shown that it is often a combination of classroom learning, and on-the-job training–in which trainees learn to work and work to learn–which produces the best results. This collection of papers examines aspects of vocational training in Germany and Malaysia.
THE JAPANESE STOCK MARKET
An Outsider’s Inside View
By Nigel Holloway
1994 14pp RM5.00/US$2.50 ISBN 967-947-183-7
The dramatic rise and fall of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) and the lessons to be drawn from the TSE experience are the focus of Mr Nigel Holloway’s paper. Mr Holloway, Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, contends that the fall and rise of the TSE was exaggerated by some features that are unique to the TSE. Chief among them is the existence of corporate governance, which because of the intimate and interlocking nature of their stock cross shareholding set up, prevented the TSE shares from moving freely and inhibited any corrections to the TSE stock movement. Mr Holloway also expounds on the various measures, including restructuring the corporate cross shareholding practice, changes in merger and acquisition law and deregulation in the financial industry, that would make the TSE a better place to invest.
Its Social And Economic Impact And Policy Responses in Japan
By Makoto Atoh
1994 43pp RM8.00/US$4.00 ISBN967-947-182-9
With fertility failing below replacement rate, the demographic transition presents a serious challenge to Japan’s future. Dr Atoh, Director of Department of Population Studies at the Institute of Population Problems, Ministry of Health and Welfare, traces the trend in population growth, the social and economic factors behind this trend and its implications, with particular emphasis on the ‘aging population’ of Japan. Dr Atoh explores the various policy measures designed to counter the population decline, focusses on improving the social and economic environment for child care and also deals with the issue of foreign immigration. This paper was delivered as a Centre for Japan Studies Lecture.
JAPAN’S URBAN TRANSPORTATION
By Michihiko Sato
1994 76pp RM8.00/US$4.00 ISBN967-947-189-6
How does Japan, whose land area is only slightly bigger than that of Malaysia and which has a population six-and-half times as large, cope with the problem of traffic jams? Mr Sato, who is with the Public Works Department in Osaka City, examines Japan’s urban planning as well as its policy implementation system, particularly with regard to urban transportation. Among the issues covered are the improvement, in terms of convenience and efficiency, of the public transportation system, betterment of traffic control systems and traffic law, and reduction in pollution related to transportation (i.e. noise and air pollution) through various means such as the promotion of the electric car, the introduction of automobile emission reduction devices and the construction of buffer buildings near residential areas affected by traffic.
DIFFERENCE IN BUSINESS CULTURE BETWEEN JAPAN & AMERICA
Experiences Of A Japanese Businessman
By Haruyasu Ohsumi
1994 109pp RM10.00/US$5.00 ISBN967-947-194-2
Differences in the practice and culture between the business community of Japan and that of the United States, Mr Ohsumi believes, have ‘greatly influenced their economic competitiveness.’ Mr Ohsumi regards the daily activities of doing business by the businessmen as the fundamental of economy, thus, meaningful solution to economic friction will not be realised unless….. there (is a) focus on the differences in daily performances of businessmen.’
JAPAN’S ENERGY POLICY: MEANS AND MEANINGS
By Jun Arima
1994 27pp RM5.00/US$2.50 ISBN967-947-190-X
Japan is the world’s largest energy consuming country and yet produces less than 20 per cent of it’s own energy needs. Thus it is not surprising that ensuring a steady and reliable supply of energy sources is of paramount importance in Japan’s energy policies. Mr Jun Arima, currently the Deputy Director of the International Policy Division of the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy, MITI (Japan) in this booklet version of his lecture, traced the energy policy process of Japan since WWII to the present. Mr Arima also revealed how events such as the soil shocks of ’73 and ’78 as well as new realities such as the environmental concerns and consideration for resources conservation had shaped Japan’s energy policy.
NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT AND JAPAN’S POSITION
By Masao Okonogi
1994 11pp RM5.00/US$2.50 ISBN967-947-195-0
Professor Okonogi, a Korean specialist at Keio University, examines the events surrounding North Korea’s decision to pull out from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). He also touches on relevant issues such as the possible motives behind North Korea’s desire to develop its nuclear capability and the effect of such moves particularly on North – South Korean relations, and more generally on North Korea’s international relations.
JAPAN’S SECURITY POLICY IN THE POST-COLD WAR ERA – TOWARDS THE ENHANCEMENT OF ITS SECURITY ROLES
By Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda
1994 117pp RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN967-947-199-3
This study suggests that Japan should play a more positive security role in the Asia-Pacific region in the post-Cold War era. It also explains the historical background and components of Japan’s defence policy. The author introduces various roles Japan could play — economic, political, diplomatic and defence — which are regarded as security roles in the context of ‘comprehensive security’.
MEETING HOUSING NEEDS
Issues and Policy Directions
Edited by Kamariah Othman
1993 140pp RM12.00/US$6.00 ISBN967-947-168-3
The problems of meeting housing needs in Malaysia are not only caused by rapid population growth, but also by the country’s prosperity and progress in the last two decades. Under the Fifth Malaysia Plan, the country was able to meet only 43 per cent of its house building target. This book is a collection of papers, prepared by experts in their respective fields, describing various dimensions of the problems, measures taken to overcome them, and the future prospects of meeting the ever-increasing housing needs. The views of the government, the building industry, the financial institutions, and the end-consumers are well represented in the chapters of this book.
ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT IN MALAYSIA
Changing Concerns and Approaches
By Sham Sani
1993 138pp RM20.00/US$10.00 ISBN967-947-167-5
This book is about Malaysia’s efforts to achieve sustainable development. It reviews the consequences of development on the country’s natural environment and draws attention to the development style that has been pursued so far, the degree of environmental degradation that has occurred, especially during the period after Independence in 1957, and the institutional measures taken by the government to resolve environmental issues and ensure sustainability. A review of the effectiveness of current management practices adopted by the Department of Environment and the government, and efforts undertaken by the international community in managing global environment are also included, with particular reference to how these relate to Malaysia.
JEPUN DAN ASIA TIMUR
(Japan and East Asia)
Terjemahan oleh Normala Soulie Mohamad dan Zahir lsmail
1993 86ms RM10.00/US$5.00 ISBN 967-947-179-9
Buku terbitan Pusat Kajian Jepun dan ISIS Malaysia ini mempunyai lapan rencana mengenai perhubungan ekonomi Jepun dengan negara-negara Asia Timur. Sungguhpun Jepun menganggap negaranya sebahagiaan daripada Asia, namun merasakan pertu berfikir-bertindak melampaui sempadan keserantauan dalam konteks yang global demi menjaga kepentingan ekonaminya. Tulisan-tulisan ini juga membincangkan peranan clan tanggungjawab baru Jepun untuk memutuskan bahawa rantau Asia Timur akan terus pesat. la juga memberi pandangan tentang periunya Jepun meninjau kembali dasar ODAnya, demi membantu membina sebuah tata ekonomi dunia baru yang lebih egalitarian.
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IN MALAYSIA
Japan’s Contribution Since 1980
By Chilly Chew, Leong Choon Heng, Kazue Sugiyama and Stephen Leong
1993 202pp RM30.00/US$15.00 ISBN967-947-175-6
This study on Japan’s contribution to human resource development in Malaysia followed the recommendation of the Japan-Malaysia Advisory Group of the Centre for Japan Studies at ISIS Malaysia. It began in April 1992, and focused on the education and training programmes offered by Japan to Malaysian students and trainees. The programmes were conducted in both Japan and Malaysia. The study involved a review of published writings on training and skills formation programmes, especially in Japan, and the collection of statistics and other information from various organisations such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS), the Association of International Education, Japan, (AIEJ), the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan. Malaysian agencies such as the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and the Look East Policy Unit of the Public Services Department (PSD) were also contacted for important data and information. The core of the study, however, was a survey conducted by means of questionnaires given to a large number of participants of the training and education programmes.
Key to the ultimate Malaysian society
By M. Ghazali Shafie
1993 11pp RM2.50/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-166-7
The building of a nation out of diverse ethnic and religion groups is a monumental task, and would have to take time. While the author believes that a great deal still needs to be done to achieve lasting national unity in Malaysia, he is able to enumerate achievements of the part three decades. The essay also discusses policy options available for the future, in the context of Vision 2020 and Malaysia’s place in a changing international and regional orders.
CONFIDENCE BUILDING AND CONFLICT REDUCTION IN THE PACIFIC
Edited by Rohana Mahmod and Rustam A Sani
1993 226pp RM28.00/US$14.00 ISBN 967-947-147-8
The book is a collection of articles – each one by an international expert on his or her subject – that discuss the major issues in matters of security and international relations of the economically dynamic Asia-Pacific region. After dealing with the security issues of the region in the context of the ‘new world order’, the book deals with the responses of the nations of the region to the new challenges and the ways that those nations relate to the big powers and the UN in the emerging global economic and political system of the post-cold war era.
Emerging issues and future directions
Edited by Cho Kah Sin and Ismail Muhd Salleh
1992 591pp RM60.00/US$30.00 ISBN 967-947-145-4
This book, which comprises selected papers from the First National Conference on the Caring Society held from Dec 5-6, 1990, may be seen as a guide to a wide range of contemporary issues with the authors providing a ‘state of the art’ stock-taking of their area of expertise, a frontline view of their area of social welfare practice, a guide to the relevant literature and some pointers to the issues that require further exploration and more systematic investigation. The paper topics are organised into several broad themes which, it is hoped, will reflect an emerging policy agenda for social development.
The Way Forward
Edited by Rohana Mahmood and Thangam Ramnath
1992 139pp RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN 967-947-162-4
This selection of papers from the Fourth Southeast Asia Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, documents the domestic goals and aspirations of the countries in the region, the regional issues confronting them and also how the region meets the challenges of the post Cold-War world or the New World Order.
ENHANCING INTRA-INDUSTRY LINKAGES
The Role of Small and Medium Scale Industries
Edited by Ismail Muhd Salleh and Latifah Rahim
1992 140pp RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN 967-947-163-2
This book contains selected papers from the ‘Seminar on the Role of Small and Medium Scale Industries in Industrial Restructuring, held in Kuala Lumpur in 1991. Some of the topics discussed are:
The role of SMIs in economic development;
Enhancing technological linkages through the ancillary and support industry;
The ‘umbrella’ concept of marketing;
Technological development through sub-contracting linkages;
Supporting SMI growth through provision of credit facilities;
Venture capital operations and their potential roles in developing SM1s;
An assessment of SMI incentives and an assessment of the Industrial Technical Assistance Fund (ITAF) in upgrading SMIs are included.
The challenges to the plantation industry
Edited by K Ragupathy
1992 117pp RM20.00/US$10.00 ISBN 967-947-165-9
In pursuing strategies to enable the plantation sector to face the challenges in the year 2020, agricultural policy makers in Malaysia are motivated to search for more flexible production systems that can benefit from new opportunities created by changes in technology and market.
This collection of papers, written by various individuals who are experts and authorities in their own fields, focusses attention on the issues and problems facing the plantation sector. It is a useful reference for those working in the plantation industry, particularly for those seeking an answer to the future of the plantation industry in the year 2020. It also serves as a spring board to future research and implementation efforts.
SUSTAINING PACIFIC TRADE DYNAMISM
Exploring policy linkages
Edited by Steven C M Wong and Ahmad Ikram Haji Abdullah
1992 140pp RM22.00/US$11.00 ISBN 967-947-156-X
This is a collection of selected papers and related documents from the Fifth PECC Policy Forum, held in Kuala Lumpur. The aim of the Forum has always been to provide an opportunity for leading academicians, businessmen and government officials in the Pacific region to meet and discuss as well as help resolve issues with a view to enhancing international trade.
JAPAN IN TRANSITION
Economy, politics and society
Edited by Steven C M Wong and Kazue Sugiyama
1992 93pp RM27.00/US$13.50 ISBN 967-947-150-0
The pace and magnitude of political, economic and social developments which have taken place in Japan in recent years shows a nation in flux. This book contains the proceedings of the First Annual Conference on Japan held in Kuala Lumpur from December 10-11, 1991. The conference was an attempt to understand some of these recent developments, among them the country’s assuming a larger role in international politics, the series of securities and financial scandals which have rocked the market, the change of administrations, and kokusaika or Japan’s growing internationalisation.
SOUTHEAST ASIA AND REGIONAL PEACE
Edited by B A Hamzah
1992 139pp RM20.00/US$10.00 ISBN 967-947-149-7
The Southeast Asian concept of the zone of peace, freedom and neutrality (ZOPFAN) is an extension of Western intellectual thoughts on neutralisation. Since 1968, the idea was refined by some creative minds in Malaysia, working in the context of the cold war. The Asean Foreign Ministers saw the wisdom and relevance of the idea as a conception of regional security, and adopted it as the Kuala Lumpur Declaration of 1971. The collection of essays in this book deals with the question of whether the concept continues to have any relevance in the new strategic environment of the post-cold war era.
THE SOUTH PACIFIC NUCLEAR FREE ZONE
(The treaty of Rarotonga)
By Stuart McMillan
1992 13pp RM4.00/US$2.00 ISBN: 967-947-161-6
In this paper the author briefly outlines how The South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, which was signed in 1985, came into being, the motives of the promoters and signatories, the contents of the treaty and some aspects of the negotiation. The argument advanced by the writer of this paper is that the world may be at a stage at which regional nuclear free zones have become more important as disarmament and arms control measures.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE:
An overview of recent immigration and emigration in Malaysia
By Patrick Pillai
1992 60pp RM7.00/US$3.50 ISBN 967-947-158-6
This paper is an attempt to provide a broad overview of immigration and emigration in Malaysia, utilising published secondary data. It describes the natures, contributory factors and consequences of cross-country labour mobility and its economic, social and political consequences.
- Advertisement -