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Middleland, our lost realm

A great kingdom spanning England and Scotland died when the border went up, says Rory Stewart MP, a member of the Asia Scotland Institute’s International Advisory Council  Hadrian’s Wall The ideas of “England” and “Scotland” are immensely powerful in the year of the referendum. Perhaps this is why it took me so long to understand that…

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The Crises in Syria and Ukraine

Syria and Ukraine are the two most acute international crises the UK has faced in years – and they are linked, senior diplomat Jon Wilks tells the Asia Scotland Institute Bombed out vehicles in Aleppo, Syria   Jon Wilks must have seen it all during 25 years as a British diplomat. He’s had spells working…

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Sri Lankan renaissance

Scots can play an important part in Sri Lanka’s “renaissance” after decades of terrorism and conflict, the country’s High Commissioner to the UK has told the Asia Scotland Institute.Speaking at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Dr Chris Nonis said Sri Lanka offered opportunities to emulate “those intrepid industrialist Scotsmen who pioneered what is today one…

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