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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…