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Ukraine conflict is a game changer for Asia

How does the war in Ukraine affect Asia? The Asia Scotland Institute recently sought to answer this question in discussion with General Sir Nick Carter. The most obvious answer to the question is in relation to “great power” relations, notably Russia, China, and the USA. By Martin Purbrick Some analysts have suggested that the Cold War…

Our future lies beyond our shores

Scotland has a new world-class think tank, the Scottish Council on Global Affairs. This new institution was launched in Edinburgh Castle on 27 April and will bring together the brightest minds to develop public policy and disseminate new ideas to the nation and participate in the global dialogue. This focused approach to engaging with global issues is a great initiative and long overdue.

Our 25th Anniversary #FootstepsForPeace Continue Around the World

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

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

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

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

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

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…