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The geopolitics of easing Covid lockdowns

As numerous countries gradually emerge from nearly two months of Covid-19 quarantines, many citizens will struggle to transition from lockdown limbo to the “new” normal and its accompanying realities. Political necessity, public pressure and economic survival demand the start of a re-opening process – and where reasonably possible, at a progressively elevated pace. However, the brutal…

Pakistan’s dangerous capitulation to the religious right on the coronavirus

The religious right in Pakistan has long influenced the country’s government and is doing so amid this COVID-19 pandemic, explains Madiha Afzal. This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post. Perform your ablutions at home. Bring your own prayer mats, place them six feet apart. Wear masks. Use the provided hand sanitizer. No handshakes or…

Iran’s corona-diplomacy The Rouhani administration’s miscalculated efforts to get sanctions lifted

Tehran has tried to use the present coronavirus crisis to improve its international position. Now, amid the pandemic, the Iranian government’s campaign against Washington’s “maximum pressure” sanctions has yielded important international support, but the Rouhani administration still seems to misread the White House. This article by Ali-Fatholla Nejad and Amin Naeni and published by the…

The Developing World: The Bigger COVID-19 Disaster in the Making

This article was originally published by the Centre for Global Policy on 6 May and the author is Dr Azeem Ibrahim. As damaging as the COVID-19 pandemic has been in China and the West, it is set to devastate developing countries through death tolls, economic hardships and instability.  The news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Turkey and COVID-19: Don’t forget refugees

The Institute has been focusing on the plight of migrant workers, refugees and the most vulnerable in society as a result of COVID19. Turkey has experienced more confirmed cases of the virus than most countries in the world. Whilst the Government has managed to minimise the number of deaths, real challenges remain, particularly for its…

Arts – Michael Goedhuis on the artist Qiu Deshu

The Asia Scotland Institute is delighted to offer this video from Michael Goedhuis on the artist Qiu Deshu. Michael, a previous speaker at the Institute, has over the last 20 years established himself as a pioneer in the field of modern and contemporary Chinese art. He now represents many of the most important artists in…