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Fears that Afghanistan could slip into anarchy and civil war – Roddy Gow

Roddy Gow OBE, The Scotsman – 10 June 2021 In this short article on The Scotsman, Asia Scotland Institute Chairman, Roddy Gow OBE, reflects on the large numbers of Scottish servicemen and women killed in conflicts within Afghanistan. He also considers our recent webinar ‘The Future of Afghanistan’, in which the panellists and most of…

150 years of international rugby: “Let’s remember the pioneers”

Gary Heatly, Talking Rugby Union – 27 March 2021 March 27th was the 150th anniversary of the first ever game of international rugby – in 1871 Scotland beat England at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. Inducting the entire 1871 Scotland team into its Hall of Fame and creating a documentary exploring the social, political and sporting background…

Scottish Rugby promises ‘unprecedented’ funding allocation for club game

David Barnes, The Offside Line – 20 April 2021 Scottish Rugby have recently came under intense questioning over concerns as to why member teams are yet to see any of the £15 million grant funding it received from the Scottish Government. Scottish Rugby Chairman John Jeffrey and Chief Executive Mark Dodson said in a recent statement “Scottish Rugby has…

The Korean Wave: From PSY to BTS -The Impact of K-Pop on the South Korean Economy

Paulina Sajnach, University of Stirling – 22/01/2021 South Korean pop music, commonly referred to as ‘K-Pop’, has become a worldwide phenomenon which has boosted the South Korean economy immensely. The live stage performances, music videos and the music itself is crafted with meticulous care and detail.  Over the years, numerous South Korean musicians have gained…

HOW DOES ASIA VIEW THE US ELECTIONS? IS ‘DEMOCRACY AT WORK’ ATTRACTIVE?

Chairman and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, Roddy Gow OBE, has recently had the following article published in the Scotsman. As we have watched the drama play out on television and in the press that has been the US Presidential Election of 2020, how is this seen by others? Even in Scotland where we…

What Hong Kong can do for Scotland – Roy Leckie

Roy Leckie, Executive Director of Investment & Client Service at Walter Scott, first published this article in Reform Scotland, a charity which aims to inform and influence policy debate through research, the publication of reports and briefings and by arranging lectures and seminars.  It is well known that Scotland had a massive influence on the…

Hong Kong and Scotland

This article by Roddy Gow, Chairman of the Asia Scotland Institute, was originally published here, in the Friends of The Scotsman section of The Scotsman. Scots led the way in building successful businesses in Hong Kong. Now we should renew our economic edge by attracting entrepreneurs from Hong Kong to Scotland. Hong Kong’s population is…

One of Earth’s most biodiverse habitats lies off the Scottish west coast – but climate change could wipe it out

Heidi Burdett, Heriot-Watt University and Cornelia Simon-Nutbrown, Heriot-Watt University Maerl beds stud the ocean floor like underwater brambles. They’re pastel pink and, despite their knobbly appearance, made up of a red seaweed. This algae has a limestone skeleton which gives it a complex three-dimensional structure that is quite unlike the slimy seaweeds you may be…

SCDI plan for Scotland’s Green Recovery

The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) have developed a plan for Scotland’s Green Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis with our Clean Growth Leadership Group and our members. It has 12 big ideas for how we kick-start the Scottish economy, create new green jobs and accelerate our progress to net-zero. It contains four fundamental principles: Impact –…