46th Edition

The Far East and Australasia 2015

ISBN 9781857437393
Published January 21, 2015 by Routledge
1502 Pages

USD $925.00

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Book Description

This comprehensive survey of the countries of East and South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, along with 22 Pacific islands, fully revised to reflect current economic and political developments, is an essential resource for the Asia-Pacific region.

New for 2015:

  • details of developments around the 12th successful coup in Thailand since 1932
  • coverage of the parliamentary and presidential elections in Indonesia, leading to the election of Joko Widodo as the country's next President
  • analysis of the tensions surrounding China's territorial claims in the South and East China Seas.

Calendar of Political Events

A calendar of events provides a convenient reference guide to the year’s main political developments

General Survey

Written by leading experts, this collection of essays provides incisive analysis of regional issues.

Country Surveys

Individual chapters on each country containing:

  • essays on geography, history and the economy
  • an economic and demographic survey of the latest available statistics on population, health and welfare, agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, industry, finance, trade, transport, tourism, communications and education
  • a comprehensive directory of names and contact details covering the most significant political, financial and commercial institutions
  • a country-specific bibliography.

An entire section is dedicated to the Pacific islands, including specially commissioned essays examining the contemporary politics of the islands, their economies, security concerns and the environmental issues confronting them

Regional Information

  • includes all major international organizations active in the region, their aims, activities, publications and principal personnel
  • a detailed survey of major commodities in Asia and the Pacific
  • a directory of research institutes specializing in the region
  • select bibliographies of books and periodicals covering the Asia-Pacific region
  • an index of regional organizations.

Table of Contents

Part 1: General Survey. China’s Rise: Evolution and Implications Robert Sutter. The Korean Peninsula: Conflict and Dialogue Aidan Foster-Carter. Whatever Happened to the Pivot?: The USA’s Evolving Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region Mark Beeson. The Security Challenges of East and South-East Asia Andrew T. H. Tan. Australia’s Refugee Politics Kim Huynh. Environmental Issues of the Asia-Pacific Region Ross Steele. Regionalism in Asia Anthony Milner. Part 2: Country Surveys Sections on geography, history and economy, as well as statistical surveys, directories and bibliographies for each country. Part 3: Regional Information Regional Organizations. Major Commodities of Asia and the Pacific. Calendars and Time Reckoning. Research Institutes Studying the Far East and Australasia. Select Bibliography (Books). Select Bibliography (Periodicals). Index of Regional Organizations. Index of Territories. List of Maps.

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