Shifting Power in Asia-Pacific The Rise of China, Sino-US Competition and Regional Middle Power Allegiance

Politics, Sociology

Ali A Abdi, Lynette Shultz, “Educating for Human Rights and Global Citizenship”
The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms: Managing Soybean Production in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay by Mariano Turzi
Managing Testimony and Administrating Victims: Colombia’s Transitional Scenario under the Justice and Peace Act by Juan Pablo Aranguren Romero
Managing Testimony and Administrating Victims: Colombia’s Transitional Scenario under the Justice and Peace Act by Juan Pablo Aranguren Romero
Shifting Power in Asia-Pacific?: The Rise of China, Sino-US Competition and Regional Middle Power Allegiance by Enrico Fels

Ali A Abdi, Lynette Shultz, “Educating for Human Rights and Global Citizenship”

2008 | pages: 266 | ISBN: 0791473732 | PDF | 5,3 mb

Essays that highlight the role of education in bringing about inclusive citizenship and human rights norms.

The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms: Managing Soybean Production in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay by Mariano Turzi

English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319459457 | 154 Pages | PDF | 11.6 MB

This book offers an in-depth analysis of the political economy of soybean production in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, by identifying the dominant private and public actors and control mechanisms that have given rise to a corporate-driven, vertically integrated system of regionalized agricultural production in the Southern Cone of South America. The current agricultural boom surrounding soybean production has been aided by aggressive new agro-technologies, including biotechnology, leading to massive organizational changes in the agricultural sector and a significant rise in the power of special interest groups and corporations. Despite having similar initial production conditions, the pattern of economic activity surrounding soybean production in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, continues to be largely determined by the needs of the multinational corporations involved, rather than national considerations of comparative advantage. The author uses these findings to argue that the new international model of agricultural production empowers chemical and trading multinational companies over national governments.

Managing Testimony and Administrating Victims: Colombia’s Transitional Scenario under the Justice and Peace Act by Juan Pablo Aranguren Romero

English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319458949 | 130 Pages | PDF | 3.9 MB

This book analyzes the implementation of Law 975 in Colombia, known as the Justice and Peace Law, and proposes a critical view of the transitional scenario in Colombia from 2005 onwards. The author analyzes three aspects of the law: 1) The process of negotiation with paramilitary groups; 2) The constitution of the Group Memoria Histórica (Historic Memory) in Colombia and 3) The process of a 2007 law that was finally not passed. The book contains interviews with key actors in the justice and peace process in Colombia. The author analyses the contradictions, tensions, ambiguities and paradoxes that define the practices of such actors. This book highlights that a critical view of this kind of transitional scenario is indispensable to determine steps towards a just and peaceful society.

Managing Testimony and Administrating Victims: Colombia’s Transitional Scenario under the Justice and Peace Act by Juan Pablo Aranguren Romero

English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319458949 | 130 Pages | PDF | 3.9 MB

This book analyzes the implementation of Law 975 in Colombia, known as the Justice and Peace Law, and proposes a critical view of the transitional scenario in Colombia from 2005 onwards. The author analyzes three aspects of the law: 1) The process of negotiation with paramilitary groups; 2) The constitution of the Group Memoria Histórica (Historic Memory) in Colombia and 3) The process of a 2007 law that was finally not passed. The book contains interviews with key actors in the justice and peace process in Colombia. The author analyses the contradictions, tensions, ambiguities and paradoxes that define the practices of such actors. This book highlights that a critical view of this kind of transitional scenario is indispensable to determine steps towards a just and peaceful society.

Shifting Power in Asia-Pacific?: The Rise of China, Sino-US Competition and Regional Middle Power Allegiance by Enrico Fels

English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319456881 | 768 Pages | PDF | 21.4 MB

This book investigates whether a power shift has taken place in the Asia-Pacific region since the end of the Cold War. By systematically examining the development of power dynamics in Asia-Pacific, it challenges the notion that a wealthier and militarily more powerful China is automatically turning the regional tides in its favour. With a special emphasis on Sino-US competition, the book explores the alleged linkage between the regional distribution of relevant material and immaterial capabilities, national power and the much-cited regional power shift.
The book presents a novel concept for measuring power in international relations by outlining a composite index on aggregated power (CIAP) that includes 55 variables for 44 regional countries and covers a period of twenty years. Moreover, it develops a middle power theory that outlines the significance of middle powers in times of major power shifts. By addressing political, military and economic cooperation via a structured-focused comparison and by applying a comparative-historical analysis, the book analyses in depth the bilateral relations of six regional middle powers to Washington and Beijing.