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New life in the old city of Kabul

Training in traditional crafts and literacyAfghanistan was once a great centre of civlisation at the heart of the Silk Road, before decades of conflict almost destroyed its wonderful artistic heritage.  Today a unique project in the Old City of Kabul is reviving Afghanistan’s architectural and artistic traditions and you can read more about it and…

Ukraine Conflict

Global affairs analyst Marco Vincenzino, a member of our International Advisory Council, explains why the Ukraine crisis marks the start of a new “Cold Peace” between East and West Marco VincenzinoAs the Ukraine conflict inched towards a ceasefire, NATO leaders emerged from a historic summit with a renewed sense of purpose, and also an element…

Scotland and its diaspora

ASI Founder and Chairman Roddy Gow reflects on our Diaspora as part of Visions Irrespective, a collection of essays about the future in Scotland of the arts, media, creative industries and culture Emigrants wave goodbye in the 1950sAs Scotland considers its role in the 21st century, it must do so as more than a country with…

Sunita Bhuyan Culture Corporations

“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together” – Sunita Bhuyan, quoting an African proverb Sunita BhuyanSunita Bhuyanis no ordinary musician. Taught to play violin in the Hindustani style by her famous mother, Minoti Khaund, she went on to develop a unique sound of her own, blending…

Pan Xinchun

Address by Mr Pan Xinchun, Consul General of the People’s Republic Of China, at the Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on China: Mr Pan XinchunOne day I took a taxi in Edinburgh. The taxi driver immediately recognised that I am from China because nowadays many Asian tourists in Edinburgh are from…

Gurjit on Radio 4

Gurjit meets James NaughtieOur man Gurjit Singh Lalli has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s The Voter’s Voice from the Edinburgh Festival.  The programme was chaired by BBC heavyweight James Naughtie and proved to be a fascinating discussion about Scotland’s future. If you missed it, you can listen to it on the BBC iPlayer. Gurjit, Executive…

Hugh Young – Reflections of a fund manager

One of the most respected and experienced managers of funds in Asia takes us through the highs and lows of his eventful career Hugh YoungHugh Young is one of those lucky souls: a man who clearly loves his job and is good at what he does.  After three decades managing funds in Asia – 22 of…

Business Advisory Council

Stewart Langdon The Asia Scotland Institute today announced the formation of a new Business Advisory Council to expand the Institute’s engagement with the business community in Scotland and internationally. “The Business Advisory Council will play an important role in the next phase of our growth in reaching a new generation of business leaders and our…

Vikram Singh Mehta joins International Advisory Council

Vikram Singh MehtaWe are delighted to announce that Vikram Singh Mehta – one of India’s most distinguished businessmen – has joined our International Advisory Council.  A former Chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in India, Vikram currently serves as Executive Chairman of Brookings India in New Delhi. He is on the boards of Mahindra & Mahindra,…

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