Seeing Scotland afresh – How we look to a changing world

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Michael Shea Memorial Lecture

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The former Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government, Sir John Elvidge, reflects on international perceptions of Scotland and suggests that we should be more outward-looking – and take advantage of our improved image in many countries since devolution.

Sir John Elvidge reflects on the challenges and opportunities for Scotland in a changing world, both for how we see ourselves and how others see us; in particular, with the shift of economic power to the East. Is it time to shift our attention more towards our growing relationships in Asia rather than the traditional diaspora in North America? What is it that China finds so fascinating about Scotland, for example? And what are the implications for policy and for the practice of taking this broader view?


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