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posted Apr 6, 2015, 9:00 PM by President AAGS
A big congratulations to our Vice President Patrick Strefford on his new publication. The cover image is below and following is the blurb from the book.

This text has been written specifically for students in East Asia. Therefore, to the extent possible, this textbook has been written in relatively easy-to-understand English. Having said that, the focus of this textbook is the theories and issues of international development.
It seems, and is perhaps inevitable, that the vast majority of International Development textbooks written in English are either Eurocentric or Americentric, or both. This textbook is an attempt to counter that imbalance by focusing instead on the East Asian region. For this reason, the textbook has been written, to some extent at least, from an East Asian perspective. Most case studies have been chosen from East Asia, and wherever possible, examples have also been drawn from East Asia.
While Japanese higher education regrettably remains far behind its regional peers in terms of globalizing and global standards, the number of courses offered by Japanese universities in the English language has increased considerable over the last few years. But, there are virtually no academic textbooks that are suitable for use by non-native speakers of English. So, the main purpose of this textbook is to fill this gap in the academic discipline of international development. It is the hope of the author that this textbook will encourage and assist in the seemingly laborious task of globalizing higher education in Japan.
This textbook (Part I) is intended to be used in a one-semester, 15-week course, although it has been designed in such a way as to allow for considerable flexibility. For a one-year, course, this textbook can be used in conjunction with Part II.
Each chapter has some discussion points, and a number of discussion/ essay questions at the end of each chapter. Key concepts are highlighted in bold when they first appear.
This textbook has been divided into two parts; Part I provides the framework for looking in detail at the reality of international development. It gives the necessary historical background, models, and main actors. Knowledge of this will enable us to analyze issues in international development. Part II will deal with issues of international development, such as the environment, security, gender, human rights, education, health, poverty and urbanization.