ANALYSIS FROM THE EAST-WEST CENTER

November 1, 2003

The following are recent titles from the East-West Center and its staff. Ordering information and abstracts of the publications appear after the listing of titles.

The Regime of the Exclusive Economic Zone: Issues and Responses, by Mark J. Valencia. 2003.

Reducing Poverty in Asia: Emerging Issues in Growth, Targeting, and Measurement, edited by Christopher M. Edmonds. 2003.

Afghanistan's Environment in Transition, by Ali Azimi and David McCauley. December 2002.

The Regime of the Exclusive Economic Zone: Issues and Responses, by Mark J. Valencia. Honolulu: East-West Center, 2003. 93 pp. Paper. Single copies available free of charge from the East-West Center. Free downloadable PDF file located at http://www.EastWestCenter.org/res-rp-publicationdetails.asp?pub_ID=1418.

The Regime of the Exclusive Economic Zone: Issues and Responses reports on discussions held at the Tokyo Meeting, a gathering of senior officials and analysts from countries of the Asia Pacific region cosponsored by the Institute for Ocean Policy, Ship and Ocean Foundation (IOP/SOF), and the East-West Center (EWC). The Meeting facilitated unofficial, frank, and not-for-personal-attribution discussions of issues concerning military and intelligence gathering activities in EEZs. This Report reflects the diverse perspectives of the participants and does not necessarily represent the views of the IOP/SOF, EWC, or any particular participant. It was drafted by Workshop Co-coordinator, Mark J. Valencia, based on and including excerpts of the papers presented, as well as notes of the discussion by Jenny Miller Garmendia, with input to the draft from the participants and IOP/SOF records.

Reducing Poverty in Asia: Emerging Issues in Growth, Targeting, and Measurement, edited by Christopher M. Edmonds. Cheltenham, United Kingdom and Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2003. xxv, 351 pp. Cloth, $110.00. Available from Edward Elgar Publishing at http://www.e-elgar.co.uk, or the Asian Development Bank at http://www.adb.org.

The Asian Development Bank adopted poverty reduction as the principal objective of its lending in 1999. In Reducing Poverty in Asia, a group of distinguished authors address three broad questions: what broad strategies and macroeconomic policies best support poverty reduction efforts in Asia; what role should targeted antipoverty interventions play, and how should such interventions be designed; and how is poverty measured, what new approaches are needed, and how does measurement affect our understanding of poverty. Each of these three broad themes is also considered together in chapters examining the poverty situations in a number of countries in Asia and the Pacific. This book represents a major scholarly contribution of the Asian Development Bank to the literature on poverty in the region it serves. It will be of interest to scholars and students of development economics and Asian studies, and will be useful reading for policymakers and development practitioners working in national, international or nongovernmental organizations.

Of related interest is Defining an Agenda for Poverty Reduction: Proceedings of the First Asia and Pacific Forum on Poverty, Volume 1, edited by Christopher Edmonds and Sara Medina (an on-line edition is available free of charge at http://www.adb.org/Documents/Books/Defining_Agenda_Poverty_Reduction/Vol_1/default.asp). This and a second volume address the major themes considered at the International Poverty Forum hosted by the Asian Development Bank in 2001. It includes as highlights President Tadao Chino's inaugural address, Nobel Laureate Robert Mundell's address on the role of the international monetary system in poverty reduction efforts, and many other contributions from leading policymakers and researchers, as well as a large number of contributions of ADB staff. The two volumes provide perspectives and insights regarding how to pursue poverty reduction from academic as well as operational perspectives.

Afghanistan's Environment in Transition, by Ali Azimi and David McCauley. Manila: Asian Development Bank, December 2002. 32 pp. Paper. Available on-line free of charge at http://www.adb.org/Documents/Books/Environments_in_Transition/AFG/default.asp.

This report provides a preliminary look at Afghanistan's environment, including an environmental policy and institutional framework. It also provides the basis for coordinated action to address high priority environmental concerns in Afghanistan. Topics covered include forestry, biodiversity and protected areas, water resources, rangelands, and the impact of returning refugees and internally displaced persons on rural and urban areas.

Search the East-West Center website at http://www.EastWestCenter.org/res-rp-asearch.asp for other publications by the East-West Center and its staff. To order the publications referenced above, contact the East-West Center Publication Sales Office at ewcbooks@EastWestCenter.org

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