James Crabtree, author and journalist in Singapore in conversation on a broad range of topics involving COVID19 and its implications for Singapore, Asia and the global economy
Fred P Hochberg talks to the Asia Scotland Institute about 'Global Trade'
Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman Brookings India answers questions from Roddy Gow and Stewart Langdon about India in light of COVID19
The Asia Scotland Institute discusses security and maritime issues in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic with Admiral Clive Johnstone, former Commander of NATO Allied Maritime Command and Dr Paul Little, Principal and CEO of the City of Glasgow College.
Asia Scotland Institute, Chairman Roddy Gow interviews Lord Stephen Green, Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint about his recent book, The Human Odyssey – East, West and the Search for Universal Values, in the context of the current Coronavirus pandemic
Lord Jim O'Neill, Baron O'Neill of Gatley, Chair of Chatham House in an exclusive video interview with Roddy Gow, Chairman Asia Scotland Institute covering pandemics, economics and geopolitics in the context of COVID 19.
Roddy Gow, Chairman of the Asia Scotland Institute puts questions to Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner, Mckinsey & Company, regarding what the world will look like after we emerge from the current pandemic
Asia Scotland Institute in conversation with President Steve Kuo, Taiwan's senior health policy and disease control specialist
Asia Scotland Institute Explores What does ‘China’s Belt and Road’ initiative mean for daily life along the China-Russia border with Ankur Shah
The Asia Scotland Institute Interview with Mr Stephen King, Senior Economist HSBC - 9 Apr 20
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Singapore is midway through its COVID-19 lockdown, but experts said cases in the community have not dropped to satisfactory levels.
The Asia Scotland Institute is delighted to present this video produced by the Asia House in London. This video provides an in depth interview by Lord Stephen Green, Chairman of Asia House with HE Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK on 23 Apr 20.
Chinese Ambassador to the UK discusses COVID 19 responses with Lord Stephen Green
Singapore is midway through its COVID-19 circuit breaker (lockdown), but experts said cases in the community have not dropped to satisfactory levels. This CNA video provides an interview with Dr Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious disease specialist and Professor Teo Yik Ying, dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, about their thoughts on the circuit breaker measures and COVID-19 situation in Singapore.
Heidi Kuhn - From Landmines to Grapevines - A Personal Mission to Heal the World
In recognition of International Landmine Awareness Day on 4 April we bring to you a video from Heidi Kuhn, CEO and Founder of ‘Roots of Peace’, an internationally acclaimed humanitarian organisation working in war-torn lands around the world removing landmines, restoring the land and rebuilding peaceful communities. She is due to speak to us on her ‘Roots of Peace Initiative’ later this year, but in advance of this we have produced a short video, introduced by ASI Chairman, Roddy Gow, in which Heidi explains her activities around the world and more specifically in Afghanistan.
How toxic chemicals in our daily cosmetics significantly affect the health and life of corals
A thought-provoking video by Goes (Global Oceanic Environmental Survey) Foundation about how toxic chemicals in our daily cosmetic products can significantly affect the health and life of corals.
Howard Dryden - Choose Your Lifeline: The survival of humans depends on the health of the ocean
On March 16th Dr Howard Dryden of Dryden Aqua spoke at what is for now the last physical event held at the home of the Asia Scotland Institute at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.
Dr Howard Dryden is a leading Marine Biologist and Businessman who founded Dryden Aqua, based in Scotland and has created one of the world’s most effective water treatment companies which has had a major impact in Asia where pollution calls for radical efforts to improve the availability of drinking water.
Its activated filer media (AFM) provides the citizens of Chennai, Pune and Bangalore with over 100 million litres of water per day, and this is set to double every year. Ground water and most surface water sources in India are grossly contaminated with plastic, sewage, industrial wastewater, arsenic and fluoride and other projects have included work on a large shrimp hatchery in Vietnam as part of their mission, which Dr Dryden describes as “to provide solutions that have a positive environmental impact on our ecosystem. We help make this world a better place: a non-toxic environment for everyone.”
Through his involvement with the GOES project, Dr Dryden spoke on How to Stop Climate Change and Save the Oceans at a critical time and in the lead up to the COP 26 meetings being held in Glasgow in November.
Professor Devi Sridhar - Q & A of the current Coronavirus crisis
The Asia Scotland Institute decided to reach out to Professor Devi Sridhar for her comments on Covid-19, the Coronavirus crisis that the UK and so many other countries are facing as it has transitioned into a global pandemic in recent weeks.
Devi Sridhar is a Professor and Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. Her research considers the effectiveness of public health interventions and how to improve development assistance for health.
The author of two books, she is a graduate of the University of Miami’s Honours Medical Programme and a Rhodes Scholar who gained her D Phil from Oxford University. She now lives in Edinburgh.
Although very much in demand, Devi agreed to answer our questions about the current pandemic and what follow are her comments.
Asia Society - The Economic Impact of Coronavirus
The Asia Scotland Institute would like to show special thanks to the Asia Society, supporter of the Institute, for its contribution to this video on our website.
The outbreak of COVID 19 has already taken a toll on global stock markets and continues to disrupt supply chains, trade, investment, and more, putting pressure on many industries. What will be the ultimate impact of the coronavirus on the global economy in the short and longer-term? And how will it affect China’s economic trajectory? Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd and Rhodium Group founding partner Daniel Rosen discuss these questions.
Kevin Rudd is expected to conduct a talk to the Asia Scotland Institute in the near future on a range of contemporary global issues with a special focus on US-China relations.
Sir Mark Lyall Grant - Global Security and the Nation State
Sir Mark Lyall Grant speaks with Asia Scotland Institute Founder and Chairman, Roddy Gow OBE on Global Security and the Nation State. The Asia Scotland Institute is delighted to welcome Sir Mark Lyall Grant to Edinburgh on the 10th of October. Sir Mark Lyall Grant is a former National Security Adviser to Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May. A former senior British diplomat, Sir Mark Lyall Grant held posts including Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations (2009-15), where he held the office of President of the United Nations Security Council four times. He is now a Senior Advisor at Strategic Intelligence consultancy, CTD Advisors.
Li Yu - China's Financial Market Liberalisation and Cross-Border Investment
Li Yu joined HSBC Global Banking and Markets (GBM) in 2011 from Schroders NFC as an Alternatives Product Specialist. In 2013, Li was selected as one of the China ambassadors from London to attend HSBC’s China ambassador training programme in Shanghai before taking on the role of China Specialist to promote HSBC China propositions across the global client base. In her current role, Li drives HSBC GBM’s strategy of gaining access to both inbound and outbound China investments for institutional clients and has been a key contributor to the HSBC Group’s renminbi internationalisation initiatives.
Kevin Sneader - China's Economy: The Road Ahead
Kevin Sneader is the global managing partner of McKinsey & Company. He is based in Hong Kong and serves a broad range of clients in multiple industries and functions with his work in strategy, organization, and operations.
Kevin joined McKinsey in London in 1989. He later worked from the firm’s Beijing, Paris, and Hong Kong offices before moving to the United States in 2001, when he became managing partner of McKinsey’s New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, offices. He went on to become managing partner of the firm’s practice in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he served as the regional leader of their Asian offices from 2014 to 2018.
Seiji Kawazoe - The Role of ESG and Impact Investing - A Japanese Perspective
Seiji Kawazoe joined Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co. in 1987. He has worked in the bank’s asset management and investment section, and he gained professional experience as a Fund Manager and as a Senior Fund Manager for Global Equities for institutional accounts. He has been based in various locations (Tokyo, New York, London, and Luxembourg) where he gained deeper insights into the global financial industry, particularly in the field of equity investments, including corporate disclosure issues and regulatory frameworks. Currently he is in charge of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) guidelines and policies at the bank. Mr Kawazoe is a visiting fellow at Reading University, Henley Business school, and part-time lecturer at Tokyo University.
Shotaro Oshima - Free Trade Agreements – Japan’s Experience & Implications for Japan-UK Relations
Ambassador Shotaro Oshima started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1968. Until March 2008, he served as Japan’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, and as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea. He is currently the Chairman of the Institute for International Economic Studies and a Visiting Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
Professor Yuichi Hosoya - Brexit, its Implications for Japan-UK Relations and Beyond
Professor Yuichi Hosoya is professor of international politics at Keio University, Tokyo. He is also Senior Researcher at Nakasone Yasuhiro Peace Institute, Senior Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research, and also Adjunct Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs. Professor Hosoya was a member of the Advisory Board at Japan’s National Security Council.
Stephen King - The End of Globalisation, The Return of History
Combining historical analysis with current affairs, economist Stephen D. King provides a provocative and engaging account of why globalization is being rejected, what a world ruled by rival states with conflicting aims might look like, and how the pursuit of nationalist agendas could result in a race to the bottom. King argues that a rejection of globalization and a return to “autarky” will risk economic and political conflict, and he uses lessons from history to gauge how best to avoid the worst possible outcomes.
Red Flags: Why Xi Jinping's China is in Jeopardy
George Magnus has occupied a front-row seat as events have challenged governments, economies and financial systems around the world since the Great Financial Crisis in 2008. He is widely credited with having identified the trigger points leading to the crisis and with helping us to understand its lingering consequences. Once the Chief Economist of UBS, George now works as an independent economist, author and speaker.
Noel Lateef - The Imperative of Conflict Prevention in the 21st Century
Noel Lateef is currently President and CEO of the Foreign Policy Association in New York. The Foreign Policy Association(formerly known as the League of Free Nations Association) is a non-profit organization founded in 1918 dedicated to inspiring the public to learn more about the world. The Foreign Policy Association aims to spread global awareness and understanding of foreign policy issues.
Dame Vivian Hunt - Challenges for Tomorrow's Leaders in the Century Of Asia
Dame Vivian is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices and is a Senior Partner of the firm.
In addition to her client responsibilities, Dame Vivian is a leader within the firm on leadership and diversity. She frequently speaks on McKinsey & Company’s flagship research on the topic and has co-authored publications such as Women Matter, Diversity Matters, Delivering through Diversity, and The power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth. She was previously named as one of the top ten “most influential black people in Britain” by the Powerlist Foundation, and The Financial Times identified her as one of the “European Women to Watch” and more recently as one of the 30 most influential people in the City of London.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind - China: The New Superpower?
Sir Malcolm served as UK representative on the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group 2010-2011 and as chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, which provides oversight of the UK’s intelligence agencies (MI6, MI5 and GCHQ) from 2010-15. He is currently a member of the OSCE’s Eminent Persons Group, which will report on relations between Russia and the West.
Alexandra Munroe - Mystics and Zen Masters: Asia and the American Avant-Garde
Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., is Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, and Senior Advisor, Global Arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. A pioneering authority on modern and contemporary Asian art and transnational art studies, she has led the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative since its founding in 2006 while also working on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum Project and the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative.
Vanda Felbab-Brown - Unravelling the Afghan Pakistan Dilemma
Unravelling the Afghan Pakistan Dilemma. The New US Policy Approach and its Consequences. Has the US changed its position? Will Pakistan be driven to seek support from China and Russia? Vanda Felbab-Brown visited Edinburgh to present an expose and analysis of this highly volatile area. A very distinguished observer of Afghanistan and Pakistan affairs, she returns to the Asia Scotland Institute to share her thoughts on the potentially far-reaching consequences of the Trump Administration threat to withdraw funding from Pakistan.
David Landsman - TATA: Building For The Next 150 Years
We were delighted to welcome David Landsman OBE, Director of Tata Limited, to Edinburgh on the 7th of March 2018.
Tata Limited represents the group in Europe and is responsible for Business Development, Corporate Affairs and a range of commercial and other services for the group. The company provides support to the 19 Tata companies across the UK, including Tata Steel, Jaguar Land Rover, TCS, Tata Global Beverages (including Tetley Tea), Tata Chemicals and Taj Hotels.
Landsman’s job – his official title is executive director, Tata Limited, but he describes himself as ‘the geography head of Europe’ – is to bring unity and common purpose to Tata Europe, to look for commercial and organisational synergies, to exploit the economies of scale and to join the strategic dots in ways that colleagues within each business might lack the time or ‘big picture’ inclination to do themselves.
Dr Azeem Ibrahim - Inside Myanmar's Hidden Genocide
On the 20th of February Dr Azeem Ibrahim presented ‘The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide’ at the Strathclyde Business School.
The Rohingya are a Muslim group who live in Rakhine state (formerly Arakan state) in western Myanmar (Burma), a majority Buddhist country. According to the United Nations, the Rohingya are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. In his book Azeem argues that the reality facing the Rohingyas is the threat of genocide.
Dr Azeem Ibrahim is a Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy. He completed his PhD from the University of Cambridge and served as an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a World Fellow at Yale University.
Sir Stephen Gomersall: UK & Japan - Globalisation & the Experience of Partnership
We were delighted to welcome Sir Stephen Gomersall to Scotland on the 7th of February. Sir Stephen Gomersall presented ‘UK-Japan: Globalisation and the Experience of Partnership’.
One of the most important brains behind Hitachi’s reinvention and globalization is Sir Stephen Gomersall. After a long and successful career as diplomat in the British Foreign Service, culminating in the years as British Ambassador to Japan 1999-2004, Sir Stephen joined Hitachi in 2004 as the first foreigner responsible for proposing and implementing Hitachi’s overseas regional strategy.
Later Sir Stephen became responsible for all of Hitachi’s business in Europe as Chairman and Chief Executive of Hitachi Europe, and in addition Sir Stephen also served as Director on the Board of all Hitachi 2011-2014 overseeing all of Hitachi Group’s business as Board Director. With Sir Stephen’s leadership Hitachi achieved major business breakthroughs in Europe.
Alan Rosling - Boom Country: The New Wave of Indian Enterprise
Prior to joining Tata Sons as an Executive Director Alan was Chairman, India at Jardine Matheson. In 2009 he co-founded Kiran Energy Solar Power which is now one of India’s leading solar power developers and operators.
In his most recent book ‘Boom Country?: The New Wave of Indian Entrepreneurship’ Alan Rosling, entrepreneur and strategic advisor in India for over 35 years, will explore an unmistakeable and profound change that is underway in the Indian business landscape. A fresh wave of enterprise and start-ups; rapid advancements in technology; government reform and recently developed pools of risk capital, he holds, are contributing increasingly to a massive expansion in new business – all of it underpinned by a deep social change, a willingness to ‘do things differently’, especially among the young.
Xavier Rolet - Asia & Scotland: The Opportunity for Financial Partnership
Xavier Rolet was the Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange Group. Rolet ran the LSE for more than eight years and is credited with changing it from a £800million business to one worth £14billion. Prior to this, Xavier was CEO of Lehman Brothers in France from July 2007 to 7 January 2009. He became a member of Lehman Brothers’ European Operating Committee in 2003, having joined the firm in February 2000 in New York as co-head of Global Equity Trading. Xavier started his career on the International Arbitrage desk at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York.
Kiyohiko Nishimura - Three Seismic Shifts in the Global Economy
Before returning to academia, Kiyohiko Nishimura was deputy governor of the Bank of Japan for 5 years until March 19, 2013, one of the most turbulent periods in the history of the world economy and central banking.
He has been particularly influential in the debates over macro-prudential policies, especially in pointing out the critical importance of demographic factors on property bubbles and financial crisis. His work and speeches on demography and economic policy have been cited widely and policymakers around the world have increasingly been recognizing the urgency of the problem.
James Fergusson - A Journey Through Muslim Britain
James Fergusson started out in journalism in 1989 on The Independent. He has written for many publications since, covering current affairs in Europe, North and East Africa, the Far East, the Caribbean and, especially, Central Asia and Afghanistan. James talked about his new book where he poses the question: “The rise of Islam represents one of the greatest changes to the make-up of British society in modern times. Should we fear it, or embrace it?”.
North Korea: A Dangerous Enigma?
Roddy Gow interviews Dr Jim Hoare. After Britain and North Korea established diplomatic relations in 2000, North Korea Expert, Dr Jim Hoare, was appointed British Chargé d’affaires in Pyongyang; and his work laid the foundation for the establishment of a full embassy in the North Korean capital.
Sir Danny Alexander - The Asian Infrastructure Opportunity
We were delighted to host Sir Danny Alexander for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s first ever engagement in Scotland at ACCA Global in Glasgow.
Sir Danny Alexander currently is the Vice-President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the UK’s most senior representative at the Beijing Head Office.
Narayana Murthy - India's $42 Billion Dollar Business
Narayana Murthy is the co-founder of Infosys, a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services. Murthy founded Infosys in 1981 and served as CEO until 2002. He was Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2006, after which he became Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor. In August 2011, he retired from the company, taking the title Chairman Emeritus. He was listed among the ‘12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time’, by the Fortune magazine in 2012. The Asia Scotland Institute is delighted to have welcomed such a distinguished figure to Scotland.
Jörg Wuttke - China, where are you going?
Jörg Wuttke is Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since joining BASF in 1997, Mr. Wuttke has been responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiation of large projects and government relations. BASF has invested €6 billion in China; Sales of BASF China in 2016: €5.9 billion. In the event at the Strathclyde Business School Jörg talked about China’s politics ahead of the party congress and anticipated changes, China’s economy (including the vast regional discrepancies), and major challenges (including constraints on the flow of capital out of China). The talk was titled ‘China, Quo Vadis?’ (China, where are you going?).
Shashi Tharoor - What the British did to India
In this interview by the Asia Scotland Institute Dr. Shashi Tharoor discusses his book – Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India.
Professor Ann Lee - Will China's Economy Collapse?
The Asia Scotland Institute interviewed Professor Ann Lee during her visit to Edinburgh. In her most recent book, ‘Will China’s Economy Collapse?’, she explains why China’s economy will not sink us all and what policy options it is drawing on to mitigate against such a catastrophic scenario.
William Dalrymple - Scotland & India, a Historical and Modern Perspective
On the 13th of June 2017 William Dalrymple discussed his recent book ‘Koh-I-Noor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond’ as well as Scotland’s relation with India at a Chairman’s Lunch of the Asia Scotland Institute.
Lord Jim O'Neill - The New Global Economy
In this interview Roddy Gow, Chairman of the Asia Scotland Institute, discusses the ‘New Global Economy’ with Lord Jim O’Neill. They discuss a post-Brexit UK, the effect of media on people’s perspective on the economy, and the future of Europe.
Patrick Minford - The Brexit Calculus
In this interview with the Asia Scotland Institute Patrick Minford talks about Brexit and its impact on world trade.
Philippe Le Corre - The Quadrangle Relationship
Philippe Le Corre is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on China’s foreign policy, Chinese economic diplomacy and soft power outreach, as well as France, Brexit, and the future of Europe.
In his talk and interview for the Asia Scotland Institute Philippe focussed on the “quadrangle” relationship between China, the U.S. under Donald Trump, the EU, and the U.K.
Adam Keswick - Dynamic Hong Kong
Mr Adam Keswick first joined Jardine Matheson in 2001 before being appointed to the Board in 2007. He was Deputy Managing Director from 2012 to 2016, and became chairman of Matheson & Co. in August 2016.
Mr Keswick is also deputy chairman of Jardine Lloyd Thompson and a director of Dairy Farm, Hongkong Land, Jardine Strategic and Mandarin Oriental. He is also a director of Ferrari, and a supervisory board member of Rothschild & Co.
Dr. Peter Frankopan - The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
Dr. Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where he is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research.
During this Asia Scotland Institute event Peter talked about his book: “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World” which has topped the Sunday Times Non-Fiction charts, remaining in the Top 10 for twenty four weeks in a row, as well as being #1 in China, India, Ireland and many other countries around the world.
Gerard Lyons - British economist
As former economic advisor to the Mayor of London and to the Board of Standard Chartered, Gerard Lyons is an expert on the world economy, global financial markets and on economic and regulatory policy, with immense expertise on international banking and investment.
Gerard spoke at the Asia Scotland Institute in November 2016, delivering a talk in Edinburgh and Glasgow, providing greater insight to people in Scotland of the opportunities and threats of Chinese investment.
Shaukat Aziz - former Prime Minister of Pakistan and Executive Vice President of Citibank
In this wide ranging interview for Asia Scotland Institute Shaukat talks about why he first joined Citibank, how he then moved into Politics and reformed Pakistan’s economy, and explains the personal beliefs that allowed him to achieve all this.
Anson Chan GCMG, CBE, GBM, JP - One Country, Two Systems
As the subject of separation bears on the minds of people throughout Britain, the Asia Scotland Institute is proud to present one of Asia’s most remarkable leaders, and unwitting role-model for gender equality, Anson Chan. In an evening talk, Chan will describe her instrumental involvement in supporting Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese ownership, and the resulting economic and cultural impacts.
Orville Schell: "Rising China, Trump & Brexit"
Currently the Arthur Ross Director of the Centre on U.S. – China Relations at the Asia Society in New York, Orville Schell is a world renowned expert on China.
Dr Tawfik Hamid: “Can Radical Islam be Defeated?”
Radical Islam is a defining theme of the 21st century as Islamic State attempt to expand their self-proclaimed Caliphate and spread Sharia law throughout the World. Current Western policy has misguidedly concentrated on a military reaction, leading to disastrous failed interventions around the Middle East displacing millions of people.
Keith Win and Peter Popham: “Burma: Asset or Liability?”
Myanmar’s rapid transition from military dictatorship to fledgling democracy has created huge potential for mutually beneficial investment opportunities.
In a unique event at Asia Scotland Institute we brought together Keith Win, CEO of Myanmar-Britain Business Association and Founder of Chinthe Capital Advisors Limited, with Peter Popham, the author of The Lady and The Generals, the acclaimed biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. This interview was conducted by Stewart Langdon of LeapFrog Investments.
Alexander Downer AC: "The Australian Challenge: Commerce and the changing Asian order"
As Australia’s longest serving Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer AC has extensive knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region. Here at the New Club, Edinburgh, he discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by Asia’s changing political landscape.
Sir John Holmes: "Asia's Humanitarian Crisis"
Mass migration is a huge politicial and humanitarian issue as escalating conflicts force more and more refugees to flee to Western countries. Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitairian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Sir John Holmes shares his insights and experience of this situation, and offers some cautionary advice for the future.
Lord Green: "Is China in Economic Chaos?"
Former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Green discusses the long-term future of China’s economy.
Sir Tony Brenton: "Russia as an Asian Power"
Russia has a huge influence in Asia. Former British Ambassador to Russia Sir Tony Brenton KCMG discusses the Russian political agenda in the region, and his opinion about fighting with them in Syria.