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Asif Rangoonwala – Inside the Mind of a Global Entrepreneur

Mr. Asif Rangoonwala, joined by a number of other globally focused speakers, spoke at a fantastic event last week on Friday the 17th of June at 200 St Vincent Street. Asif is no stranger to the world of international business and entrepreneurship. As a result of his somewhat non-traditional educational background, Asif said he learned…

Foreign investment in Vietnamese higher education

By Ross Macleod On my way home from work yesterday, I alighted upon the pavement with my customary good timing just as an old woman was throwing a bucket of water out onto the street and consequently all over my legs.  Drawing on my fine education in the Vietnamese language, I said nothing.  As I…

The South Korean Opportunity: Doing Business Korean Style

By David Clive Price In some way, the inhabitants of South Korea are a bit of a mystery for Westerners. For example, unlike other ‘Confucian’ societies in Asia, they are not oblique and indirect in their manner. They look you straight in the eye and at first sight seem rather stern. However, under that forbidding…

Roddy Gow interviews Orville Schell @ The Asia Scotland Institute

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. With China rapidly overtaking America as the World’s dominant super power, America considering electing Donald Trump as the next President of The United States of America,…

Orville Schell On A Rising China

By Rui Zhao John Mearsheimer foretold that China’s rise will usher in a new era of great-power politics that has the potential to challenge the current global status quo. This not only poses pertinent questions on geo-political stability and security, but also on how governments, NGOs, businesses and the rest of the international community should…

Key to deradicalisation is combating ignorance

Friends of the Scotsman   The role of religion in radicalisation is over-estimated, says Roddy Gow The news has been full of commentary on key Muslim figures and both serious discussion and heated rhetoric on the subject of Islamic radicalisation. To address this and increase our understanding, the Asia Scotland Institute invited DrTawfik Hamid, author…

A ger on top of a skyscraper: How Mongolians enter the 21st century

By Giorgiy Goglidze «In days of peace, should we ignore your counsel, then exile us from our men and servants, from our wives and children, and cast us out into the wilderness.’»  The Secret History of Mongols Mongolia is located in Central Asia and borders Russia and China. Throughout centuries Mongolians have gained an image of…

Vietnam: Emerging Market with Growing Opportunities for Foreign Investment

Article by Ross Macleod The first thing you notice in Vietnam is the traffic. Graham Greene wrote about Vietnam that you learn a lot in a few minutes, the rest has got to be lived. Well, in the first few minutes you learn quickly how to navigate the hundreds of scooters flying past in all…

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