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Our 25th Anniversary #FootstepsForPeace Continue Around the World


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77th Anniversary of Original UN Delegates in Muir Woods, Marin County, California On May 19, 1945, the original delegates of the United Nations gathered beneath the towering redwood trees of Muir Woods following the atrocities of World War II.  American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt never wanted the world to experience another horrific war and selected…

Footsteps for Peace


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The Asia Scotland Institute reflect and share a summary of the incredible few days spent with Heidi Kuhn last week. With so many events in those few days, we struggled to share all the amazing moments on social media. Below is a collection of some of these special moments that have been captured to solidify…

The Divergence Between East and West


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Andrew Milligan, Asia Scotland Institute Board Member, Independent Economist & Investment Consultant, discusses ‘The Divergence Between East and West’ in a new podcast episode. Since the start of the year, anyone who has looked at financial markets in the United States of America or Europe must have noticed how government bond yields have jumped much…

Kazakhstan Crisis

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia


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Igor Denisov: The Diplomat: 18th of January 2022 The Kazakhstan Crisis has reinforced the regional power dichotomy in Central Asia. Russia exercises security influence through its leadership in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. China’s influence is more economically focused through its Belt and Road Initiative. Whilst CSTO troops have left, Russia’s prestige in the region…

Zero-Covid

Zero-Covid policies threaten Hong Kong’s place in the world


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Tabby Kinder, Leo Lewis, Tom Mitchell, Primrose Riordan, Chan Ho-Him: The Financial Times: 14th of January 2022 Zero-Covid policies are calling in to question Hong Kong’s reputation as an international hub of business and finance. Global Financial centers depend on the free movement of people and ideas. That is impossible under the current restrictions and…

US/China trade

Security not economics is likely to drive US trade engagement in Asia


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Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Megan Hogan: East Asia Forum: 9th of January 2022 US trade engagement in Asia had a transitionary year in 2021. To curtail Chinese influence, the US is striving to increase its Indo-Pacific engagement. The recently announced ‘Indo pacific framework’ is how the US aims to engage with Asian states. However, the…

Kazakstans troubles

America must stay away from Kazakhstan’s troubles


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Anatol Lieven: Responsible Statecraft: 10th of January 2022 Russia has hinted that there is American involvement in Kazakhstan’s troubles. These hints are in line with a standard Kremlin narrative that was formulated after the 2004 orange revolution in Ukraine. It posits that the US seeks regime change by interfering in Civil society. Howeverthere is no…

Coal Mine

Indonesia eases coal export ban after 10 days


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Fransiska Nangoy and Bernadette Christina: Reuters 10th of January 2022 Indonesia has eased its Coal export ban 10 days after its imposition due to pressure from Asia’s coal Importers and domestic coal mines. The ban caused the price of Coal and futures markets to surge globally. China was particularly vulnerable as the largest importer of…