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This could be the perfect time for United Nations reform

Roddy Gow, Chairman and Founder The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty – Winston Churchill. Developments globally appear threatening with the drumbeat of war being described by journalists in Asia and the West. The Winter Olympics, themselves impacted by the political environment in which they are being held,…

Kazakhstan Crisis

The Crisis in Kazakhstan:

The Crisis in Kazakhstan, the most violent in its post-soviet history, was caused by fuel price hikes. Protesters surged into the streets in the largest city, Almaty, after the fuel price doubled overnight due to the removal of price controls. Kazakhstan has many underlying issues with widespread inequality and wealth concentrated in the hands of…

semiconductor

Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing

Semiconductors are strategic technological assets of critical importance to the global economy. Their use is ubiquitous in laptops, smartphones, cars, and defense equipment. COVID-19 semiconductor supply issues have also highlighted the lack of companies that produce semiconductors and their geographical proximity. As we can see from this graph, the small island democracy of Taiwan dominates…

The RCEP

The RCEP

The RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) is the World’s Largest free trade agreement covering 15 states. These 15 states cover over 2 billion people and some of the world’s most highly integrated nations in the global economy, responsible for about 1/3 of the world’s economic output. Negotiations started in 2013, lasting 31 rounds till the…

Chinese Missile Development

China’s substantial defence related investments are a reliable indicator of its increasingly assertive aims. China’s President Xi Jinping has made force modernisation a national priority, looking to transform the Peoples Liberation Army (The PLA) into a ‘world-class force by 2050’. World Class force for the PLA means being able to match the operational capabilities of…

Migrant crisis cries out for solution

The dreadful tragedy of migrants drowning in the Channel on their failed attempt to reach England must make us all cry out for a solution. The challenge is how and where to deal with this. Many can remember the Vietnam Boat People and much more recently those escaping from war and economic privation in the…

Japanese Built Maritime patrol Aircraft

Japan’s Defence Industry

The recent AUKUS alliance announcement of an enhanced Trilateral Security Partnership between Australia, the United States and the UK took many other allies by surprise. The Partnership is designed to foster ‘deeper integration of security and defence-related science, technology, industrial bases, and supply chains’ (White House: 2021). Whilst much was made of France losing its submarine…

THE ASIA SCOTLAND INSTITUTE APPOINTS MARTIN PURBRICK AS INSTITUTE DIRECTOR

THE ASIA SCOTLAND INSTITUTE APPOINTS MARTIN PURBRICK AS INSTITUTE DIRECTOR

The Asia Scotland Institute announces the appointment of Martin Purbrick in succession to Doug Cook OBE following the latter’s decision to take up residence in France. Roddy Gow OBE, Chairman and Founder said “Doug Cook has achieved a great deal since joining us and by accelerating our use of social media and mounting a programme of…