ASEAN Centrality: An Autoethnographic Account by a Philippine Diplomat
“ASEAN Centrality: An Autoethnographic Account by a Philippine
Diplomat guides us to a deeper understanding of the concept of
ASEAN Centrality, through the eyes of one of the Philippines’ most reputable diplomats. Outlining
both a personal recollection of her extensive experience and adherence to academic discipline,
Ambassador Buensuceso puts forth her analysis of ASEAN Centrality as a core element of diplomacy
within ASEAN. She then goes further to articulate ASEAN’s aspiration for the future of a region that
is constantly evolving. This book is a must-read to understand Southeast Asia and the broader Indo-
Pacific regional dynamics, as it offers an insight into ASEAN Centrality like no other.”
— Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
Available on backorder
Riverrun is a rite-of-passage novel on the life of Danilo Cruz, a young gay man who grows up in a colourful and chaotic military dictatorship in the Philippines. Shaped like a memoir, it glides from childhood to young adulthood in chapters written like flash fiction and vignettes, along with a recipe for shark meat, a feature article, extracts from a poem and vivid songs. It can be classified as literary fiction, that is nevertheless accessible to the general reader.
Author of Cursed and Other Stories shares her review of Prof. Danton Remoto’s book, Riverrun, A Novel.
Review: Riverrun Tells the Story of a Poor Filipino Boy Growing Up in Chaos
The inside story – plans, strategies, casualties, letters – of the crackdown on terrorist groups by the Philippines military with the support of elite US Special forces, with no details spared. The War on Terror is a book about terrorism — the al-Qaeda, Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf Group and their operations in southern Philippines — and includes photographs of letters written by terrorist commanders and by kidnapped American couple Martin and Gracia Burnham. The book follows the growth, movement and activities of the ASG, the Jemaah Islamiyah and the al-Qaeda and talks about how the military broke the triad of their operations through various operational plans and strategies that were implemented with the support of US Special Forces, whose actual involvement in counter-terrorism operations in the Philippines is being detailed for the first time. More than just about the issue of terrorism, the book will inform readers on the factors – social, political and economic that abet terrorism in a struggling country such as the Philippines.
n 1990, Mongolia’s youth-led revolution threw off the Soviet yoke, ushering in multi¬party democracy. Thirty years later, the country’s youth are still leading Mongolia’s democratic development.
This powerful, inclusive book introduces readers to modern Mongolia through the stories of young leaders fighting to make their country a better, more democratic place. Its intersectional perspective explores the complexity of Mongolia today: the urban planning and pollution issues that plague the capital city of Ulaanbaatar; the struggles of women, the LGBTQIA+ population, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities to claim their equitable places in society; the challenge of providing education in the world’s least densely populated country to prepare the workforce of tomorrow; and how to fairly divide the spoils of the country’s vast mineral resource wealth.
This rising generation of Mongolians is already wielding real power and shaping their country’s future. Their work will determine whether the country is able to overcome its development and democratization challenges, its relationship to the world, and who the winners (and losers) will be in Mongolian society.
In Cursed and Other Stories, readers will encounter the pain, the love, and the hope that reside in every Filipino… all these people all over the globe who are making lives easier for strangers in other countries, for all the people who wear their country with simultaneous pride and shame. Because while they might wish to leave their home to seek greener pastures for those they love, they will never be able to quit it completely. Such desperation may be recognizable to many readers, however if it isn’t, they will come away with a better understanding of it, at least vis-a-vis this archipelago that has more in common with the West than is evident on the surface.
A review of ‘Cursed and Other Stories’: Diaspora on a bed of romance and the erotic
We have recovered from many crises in the past: war,
depression, pandemic, natural disaster. Often, we’ve bounced
back from these challenges to build an even better future.
The Spanish Flu was followed by the economic prosperity of
the Roaring Twenties. In the decades following World War II,
the German and Japanese economies grew into the world’s
most advanced. In the USA, the social and economic policies
responding to the Great Depression laid the foundations for
twentieth century prosperity.
As we contemplate recovery from the current health and
economic crisis while confronting the climate emergency
head on, what can we learn from other recoveries? Through
interviews with experts, policymakers and community
leaders, this book examines past recoveries and investigates
implications for the future. It explores what went well, what
we should do differently and what the implications might be
for the recovery ahead of us.
With governments prepared to lead, listen to expert advice
and involve communities in decision-making, not only is
a successful recovery possible, we can also choose to reevaluate
many of the things that we thought were fixed. The
COVID-19 crisis gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity
to build back better.
Key Selling Points:
• Accessible and engaging account of historical
crises and recoveries
• Very topical reading as the world moves
beyond the Covid-19 crisis
The Road to Recovery by Andrew Smithers, The
Body Economic: Eight experiments in economic
recovery, from Iceland to Greece by David Stuckler
30 September 2021