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The Little Red Dot

Author: Tommy Thong Bee Koh
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9789814641746
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The first two volumes of The Little Red Dot series covered a wide range of views about Singapore's diplomacy by Singaporean diplomats. This new addition to the series offers a complementary perspective of Singapore and its bilateral relations, through the eyes of past heads of missions from foreign countries who had served as ambassadors to Singapore. The reader will be able to glean insights from the foreign diplomats who took an active role in getting to know Singapore, and at the same time, also worked hard to promote their respective countries' interests. As seen from their perspectives, the reader can learn more about what was unique about Singapore, what they learnt and what made their postings to Singapore memorable. These candid reflections will allow Singaporean readers to understand how different elements of our country are often seen as a whole, and how that in turn contributes to the impressions that our foreign friends have of Singapore. Often cited by the contributors are the success of Singapore's economic development, our cohesive multi-cultural and multi-religious society, our good governance, our education system and opportunities for the young. These aspects that are highlighted, among others, are what makes Singapore unique and they are also important to Singapore's future. There were, of course, some critical comments on some aspects of our culture and political arrangements. We should evaluate them with an open mind, always willing to learn from our friends.

The Little Red Dot

Author: Tommy Thong Bee Koh
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9812564144
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2005 was the 40th anniversary of Singapore's independence. This collection of essays by Singapore's past and present diplomats tells the remarkable story of how this small and vulnerable country has become a stable, prosperous and respected member of the international community. The essays include those from the late President Wee Kim Wee and President S R Nathan as well as seminal contributions from the four former Foreign Ministers -- Mr S Rajaratnam, Mr S Dhanabalan, Mr Wong Kan Seng and Professor S Jayakumar. The current Foreign Minister, Mr George Yeo, has written the foreword. The absorbing stories about people, places and international politics make this book a highly enjoyable read for all who are interested in Singapore, its history, and foreign policy.In the stories contained in this book you will find and discover: which other Q (quotient), besides IQ (intellectual quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient), a successful diplomat needshow our diplomats helped to look after and evacuate Singaporeans in dangerous situationshow our diplomats have been able to overcome the size of our country and punch above our weightwhy the burial of a buffalo head, with our diplomats acting as gravediggers, was of paramount significance to our embassy in Indonesiaabout the 24/7 schedules that our foreign service desk officers keep, sleeping with handphones in their pyjamasthe advantage of being a lady Ambassador in a man's worldthe power of ideas and friends in diplomacy

Little Red Dot The Reflections By Singapore S Diplomats

Author: Koh Tommy
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 981446807X
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This is the sequel to the bestselling book, The Little Red Dot, published in 2005. While the first volume consisted of a collection of essays by Singapore's first- and second-generation diplomats, this second volume contains essays written by the third generation of young ambassadors. The Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Raymond Lim, has contributed the Foreword. Written in an entertaining and accessible manner, this book is a highly enjoyable read for all who are interested in Singapore current affairs and in the art and science of diplomacy. It contains many inspiring stories which have not been told before.

A History Of Modern Singapore 1819 2005

Author: C.M. Turnbull
Publisher: NUS Press
ISBN: 9971694301
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When C.M. Turnbull's A History of Singapore, 1819-1975 appeared in 1977, it quickly achieved recognition as the definitive history of Singapore. A second edition published in 1989 brought the story up to the elections held in 1988. In this fully revised edition, rewritten to take into account recent scholarship on Singapore, the author has added a chapter on Goh Chok Tong's premiership (1990-2004) and the transition to a government headed by Lee Hsien Loong. The book now ends in 2005, when the Republic of Singapore celebrated its 40th anniversary as an independent nation. Major changes occurred in the 1990s as the generation of leaders that oversaw the transition from a colony to independence stepped aside in favour of a younger generation of leaders. Their task was to shape a course that sustained the economic growth and social stability achieved by their predecessors, and they would be tested towards the end of the decade when Southeast Asia experienced a severe financial crisis. Many modern studies on Singapore focus on current affairs or very recent events and pay a great deal of attention to Singapore's successful transition from the developing to the developed world. However, younger historians are increasingly interested in other aspects of the country's past, particularly social and cultural issues. A History of Modern Singapore, 1819-2005 provides a solid foundation and an overarching framework for this research, surveying Singapore's trajectory from a small British port to a major trading and financial hub within the British Empire and finally to the modern city state that Singapore became after gaining independence in 1965.

Singapore Asean And The Cambodian Conflict 1978 1991

Author: Ang Cheng Guan
Publisher: NUS Press
ISBN: 9971697041
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This important study of the shifting diplomatic efforts around the response to and resolution of the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia is based on the records of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, a key player in the complex diplomacy in the region at the end of the Cold War. The study provides a detailed account of the policies and decision-making of Singapore, as well as the diplomatic maneuverings of the other major parties and powers involved in the Cambodia conflict. It details one member country's input into the process of defining and developing a collective ASEAN position, a process which was formative for future diplomatic efforts by the regional grouping. Ang makes use of a variety of sources contemporary to the period under study, as well as records which have become available post-1991. The use of detailed records from one of the Southeast Asian players is a first for the study of the region's diplomacy. The book describes Singapore's role and illustrate how Singapore's management of the Cambodian issue was shaped by the fundamentals of Singapore's foreign policy. The account also reveals the dynamics of intra-ASEAN relations, as well as ASEAN's foreign relations in the context of the Cambodia problem.

Leadership Challenge

Author: James M. Kouzes
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9783527503742
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Through research, interviews and the experience of hundreds of managers, Kouzes and Posner show how leadership can be learned and mastered by all. Readable, interesting, and up-to-date. Highly recommended.--Library Journal.

Warum Nationen Scheitern

Author: Daron Acemoglu
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 310402247X
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Der Klassiker - von sechs Wirtschaftsnobelpreisträgern empfohlen, eine Pflichtlektüre! Warum sind Nationen reich oder arm? Starökonom Daron Acemoglu und Harvard-Politologe James Robinson geben eine ebenso schlüssige wie eindrucksvolle Antwort auf diese grundlegende Frage. Anhand zahlreicher, faszinierender Fallbeispiele – von den Conquistadores über die Industrielle Revolution bis zum heutigen China, von Sierra Leone bis Kolumbien – zeigen sie, mit welcher Macht die Eliten mittels repressiver Institutionen sämtliche Regeln zu ihren Gunsten manipulieren - zum Schaden der vielen Einzelnen. Ein spannendes und faszinierendes Plädoyer dafür, dass Geschichte und Geographie kein Schicksal sind. Und ein überzeugendes Beispiel, dass die richtige Analyse der Vergangenheit neue Wege zum Verständnis unserer Gegenwart und neue Perspektiven für die Zukunft eröffnet. Ein provokatives, brillantes und einzigartiges Buch. »Dieses Buch werden unsere Ur-Ur-Urenkel in zweihundert Jahren noch lesen.« George Akerlof, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften »Eine absolut überzeugende Studie.« Gary S. Becker, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften »Ein wirklich wichtiges Buch.« Michael Spence, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften »Acemoglu und Robinson begeistern und regen zum Nachdenken an.« Robert Solow, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften »Ein wichtiges, unverzichtbares Werk.« Peter Diamond, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften »Ein wichtiger Beitrag zur Debatte, warum Staaten mit gleicher Vorrausetzung sich so wesentlich in wirtschaftlichen und politischen Entwicklungen unterscheiden.« Kenneth J. Arrow, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften »Diese faktenreiche und ermutigende Streitschrift lehrt uns, dass die Geschichte glücklich enden kann, wenn ihr kein Mensch mehr als Versuchsobjekt dient.« Michael Holmes, NZZ am Sonntag »Anderthalb Jahrzehnte Arbeit eines Pools von Wissenschaftlern, auf 600 Seiten zusammengefasst durch zwei Forscher von Weltrang – und dies kommt heraus: eine Liebeserklärung an Institutionen, die im Sinne ihrer Bürger funktionieren. [...] bestechend.« Elisabeth von Thadden, Die Zeit »Sie werden von diesem Buch begeistert sein.« Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Preisträger und Autor der Weltbestseller »Kollaps« und »Arm und Reich« » Ein höchst lesenswertes Buch.« Francis Fukuyama, Autor des Bestsellers »Das Ende der Geschichte« »Ein phantastisches Buch. Acemoglu und Robinson gehen das wichtigste Problem der Sozialwissenschaften an – eine Frage, die führende Denker seit Jahrhunderten plagt – und liefern eine in ihrer Einfachheit und Wirkmächtigkeit brillante Antwort. Eine wunderbar lesbare Mischung aus Geschichte, Politikwissenschaft und Ökonomie, die unser Denken verändern wird. Pflichtlektüre.« Steven Levitt, Autor von »Freakonomics«

Eine Kleine Geschichte Des L Chelns

Author: Angus Trumble
Publisher: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783827416643
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Was ist ein Lacheln? Ein unwillkurlicher Reflex? Ein Paarbindungssignal? Oder nur der Standardzustand der Gesichtsmuskulatur? Wie funktioniert Lacheln? Und was bedeutet es? Vom erleuchteten Gesichtsausdruck des Heiligen Buddha bis zum lusternen Grinsen des "Huhnergrapschers" im Holland des 17. Jahrhunderts, vom Geheimnis der Mona Lisa bis zur Grinsekatze aus Alice im Wunderland, vom Sittlich-Keuschen bis zum Derb-Geschmacklosen prasentiert Angus Trumble aufschlussreiche Einsichten in die kulturelle, physiologische, kunstlerische und literarische Geschichte des universellsten aller menschlichen Ausdrucke, des Lachelns. Seit Beginn der Zivilisation hat das Lacheln eine verwirrende Fulle an Bedeutungen durchlaufen, das von hochster Entruckung uber die helle Freude bis zum kuhlen, makellosen Lacheln der Sprecher im Fernsehen reicht. Ob hinterlistig oder unzuchtig, freundlich oder boshaft, ungezogen oder hoflich, ob Grinsen oder Zahnefletschen - all diese Ausdrucksformen beruhen auf einem gemeinsamen physiologischen Prozess. Angus Trumble verbindet in seinem Buch Gelehrtheit, Witz und Charme zu einem erhellenden Bericht uber die Kunst des Lachelns im weitesten Sinne. Seine Bildbeispiele reichen dabei von den Gemalden des 19. Jahrhunderts bis zur Zahnpasta-Reklame unserer Tage. Lacheln uberschneidet sich mit zahlreichen grundlegenden Aspekten der menschlichen Erfahrung wie Gluck, Liebe, Sex, Demut und Verderbtheit - ganz zu schweigen von Lippenstift und kosmetischer Chirurgie. Es gibt Fragen uber Fragen: Warum lacheln wir? Lachelt nur der Mensch? Ab wann benutzen Babys Lacheln als Kommunikationsmittel? Wie kommt und geht das Lacheln in der Mode? Wer erfand eigentlich das Smiley-Emotikon? (Es war nicht Forrest Gump.) Warum sagen die Englander und Deutschen "cheese," die Danen "appelsin" (Orange), die Finnen "muikku" (eine Fischsorte) und die Koreaner "kim chi" (Chinakohl)? Und was steht wirklich hinter dem ratselhaftem Lacheln der Mona Lisa, das uns immer noch fasziniert? Eine kleine Geschichte des Lachelns ist nicht nur eine zugleich spielerische und gelehrte Untersuchung der unwillkurlichsten Muskelkontraktion, zu der unser Korper fahig ist, sondern wirft auch verbluffende Schlaglichter auf uns Menschen als "soziale Tiere."