Articles & Contributions from Members & Partners


Freedom of the Press

Friends of the Scotsman – Roddy Gow OBE – November 5 2018   The advent of the internet and the explosive growth of social networks global communication were meant to transform how individuals would connect, really enhance information sharing and strike at the heart of the regimes that were determined to limit what their populations…

Noel Lateef

Noel Lateef joins the International Advisory Council

We are delighted to announce the addition of a new member to our distinguished International Advisory Council. 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…


Asia Scotland Institute launches digital hub at the University of Edinburgh

As we inspire the next generation to engage with Asia, it is important that we continue to develop even stronger relationships between students, staff, and alumni who share the same interests in this fascinating, diverse and dynamic continent. The start of a new academic year offers new opportunities and further developments in our university partnership…


The Benefits of the Modern Economic Silk Road; The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor

China’s international development project – the Belt and Road Initiative – incorporates the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a modern silk road. The key to the corridor The CPEC is a combination of investments that seek to bridge Pakistan’s energy deficit and so rejuvenate its ailing industrial base, and loans. The aim of this development is…


Emerging markets: increasing or decreasing risks?

RICHARD DUNBAR, HEAD OF MACRO INVESTMENT RESEARCH, ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS So far, 2018 has been a difficult year for emerging market (EM) assets, which in the last few months have fared significantly worse than their counterparts in developed markets. This has been due mainly to worldwide issues but also country-specific political uncertainty. Many investors are…


“Monsters” in the house? What to do about Malaysia’s government-linked companies

By Jayant Menon – Asian Development Bank   About a month before Malaysia’s parliamentary election in May 2018, then-opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad raised concerns over the role that government-linked companies (GLCs) were playing in the economy, being “huge and rich” enough to be considered “monsters”. Datasupport his description—GLCs account for about half of the benchmark Kuala Lumpur Composite…

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