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Lord Desai

   Lord Desai          When Lord Desai stands up to speak you can be sure of one thing – what you are about to hear will not be dull. You can expect the unexpected. And that’s exactly what happened when the distinguished economist and iconoclast addressed Asia Scotland Institute in Edinburgh during…

Gateway House Weekly Briefing

Read the latest news and insights from Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations Gateway House is a foreign policy think-tank established in 2009, to engage India’s leading corporations and individuals in debate and scholarship on India’s foreign policy and its role in global affairs. Gateway House’s studies programme will be at the heart of…

Gateway House Weekly Briefing

Read the latest news and insights from Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations Gateway House is a foreign policy think-tank established in 2009, to engage India’s leading corporations and individuals in debate and scholarship on India’s foreign policy and its role in global affairs. Gateway House’s studies programme will be at the heart of…

Referendum offers chance for China-Scottish ties

ASI Chairman Roddy GowScotland is changed utterly – that much is clear. Last week’s historic referendum was an extraordinary exercise in democracy. Turnout was massive and the idea of immediate independence was rejected. More powers have been promised to the Scottish Parliament in the closing stages of the campaigning and First Minister Alex Salmond described…

Scotland voting on more than independence

“Weak social mood” across Europe is having an impact on Scotland’s referendum debate, says consultant Peter Atwater, author of Moods and Markets Peter AtwaterAs a socionomist and a researcher in confidence-driven decision-making, I have been watching the polls in Scotland closely. Changes in confidence alter our preferences, decisions, and actions, and history shows a strong…

New life in the old city of Kabul

Training in traditional crafts and literacyAfghanistan was once a great centre of civlisation at the heart of the Silk Road, before decades of conflict almost destroyed its wonderful artistic heritage.  Today a unique project in the Old City of Kabul is reviving Afghanistan’s architectural and artistic traditions and you can read more about it and…

Ukraine Conflict

Global affairs analyst Marco Vincenzino, a member of our International Advisory Council, explains why the Ukraine crisis marks the start of a new “Cold Peace” between East and West Marco VincenzinoAs the Ukraine conflict inched towards a ceasefire, NATO leaders emerged from a historic summit with a renewed sense of purpose, and also an element…

Scotland and its diaspora

ASI Founder and Chairman Roddy Gow reflects on our Diaspora as part of Visions Irrespective, a collection of essays about the future in Scotland of the arts, media, creative industries and culture Emigrants wave goodbye in the 1950sAs Scotland considers its role in the 21st century, it must do so as more than a country with…

Sunita Bhuyan Culture Corporations

“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together” – Sunita Bhuyan, quoting an African proverb Sunita BhuyanSunita Bhuyanis no ordinary musician. Taught to play violin in the Hindustani style by her famous mother, Minoti Khaund, she went on to develop a unique sound of her own, blending…