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The Japanese art of a Scottish engineer

As Asia Scotland Institute’s contribution to the Japan400 celebrations marking the start of relations between Britain and Japan in 1613, Dr. Rosina Buckland, senior curator responsible for the Japanese collections at the National Museum of Scotland, gave a vivid, fascinating multimedia presentation on the Scottish engineer Henry Dyer’s love affair with Japanese art, in particular…

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Visit of ambassador of Afghanistan

His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Daud Yaar, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UK, spent three days as the guest of the Asia Scotland Institute in early November, meeting with government, academia, students and members of the armed forces who have served in Afghanistan. The principal purpose of the visit was for the Ambassador to meet those…

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Oxfam Philippines Typhoon Appeal

Dear Friends of ASI, As you will have seen in the media, Typhoon Haiyan has caused catastrophic damage in the Philippines.  It is estimated that more than 10,000 people have been killed and a further ten million people are affected, many losing everything they had. Women, men and children are now in desperate need of…

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Of mud pies and onions

Policy paralysis and the uncertain outcome of the 2014 general election are behind India’s recent economic difficulties, Lord Meghnad Desai told an Asia Scotland Institute gathering at the University of Edinburgh Business School, but once the votes are counted growth will resume, the Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics predicted. Striking…

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Walking Afghanistan, rebuilding Kabul – Rory Stewart

An exquisite exhibition of Afghan arts and crafts formed the backdrop to intrepid Scot Rory Stewart’s reflections on his solo walk across Afghanistan and subsequent work to restore old Kabul. The magnificently renovated Linlithgow Burgh Halls was an especially appropriate setting for Rory Stewart’s wonderfully uplifting account of how the Scottish arts charity he established—Turquoise…

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Lord Stephen Green ASEAN, SMEs and Scotland

Adam Smith Series of Global Economic Briefings The UK Minister of State for Trade & Investment in a wide-ranging discussion with Roddy Gow, Chairman and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, before his address to the Institute at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Lord Green, recently returned from a 7-country tour of ASEAN nations, touches…

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Beyond BRICs in a changing world – Jim O’Neill

Adam Smith Series of Global Economic Briefings The renowned BRICs analyst, recently retired from Goldman Sachs to spend more time with his beloved Manchester United, in discussion prior to addressing the Institute and students at the University of Edinburgh Business School. In this interview he muses on: how he came to coin the term BRIC…