Trump wants US to go into security business, but it’s had poor record of winning wars

by Rashmee

Posted on July 12, 2018


The other day, Bloomberg columnist Leonid Bershidsky suggested US President Donald Trump wanted to hawk security services around the world in exchange for “trade preferences and other US-friendly economic outcomes on a major scale.” But, that would be a bad business to be in, Mr Bershidsky argued, because other countries such as China and Russia could … Continue reading “Trump wants US to go into security business, but it’s had poor record of winning wars”

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The commodification of global military protection could be cataclysmic

by Rashmee

Posted on July 11, 2018 / The National


With Nato leaders’ annual meeting to be followed by a US-Russia presidential summit, the business of international security is increasingly on people’s minds. Is protection about to become a sunshine commercial sector now that Donald Trump increasingly seems to suggest America’s traditional security alliances be repaid in kind and that the US receive trade preferences … Continue reading “The commodification of global military protection could be cataclysmic”

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Will the trade war really be Trump’s Afghanistan?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 7, 2018


In March, some eight weeks before the trade war, Adam Posen wrote a piece arguing that it could be Donald Trump’s Afghanistan (Click on this link or read it in full below). To start something costly, fruitless and open-ended was madness, Mr Posen wrote. His opinions remain as valid now, as back then. Mr Posen … Continue reading “Will the trade war really be Trump’s Afghanistan?”

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Trump of all people should know that corporate patriotism is neither natural nor desirable

by Rashmee

Posted on July 4, 2018 / The National


US President Donald Trump is not the first politician to fulminate about the need for corporate loyalty to country above all else. Mr Trump’s threats and imprecations against the American Midwest’s legendary motorcycle manufacturer Harley–Davidson for daring to send some of its production overseas, echoed the milder frustration about big business once expressed by his … Continue reading “Trump of all people should know that corporate patriotism is neither natural nor desirable”

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Mr Trump may be America’s Ambien

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2018


Donald Trump is really, really good for world trade, just not for that with the United States. Consider the following developments in the past two weeks: June 14: Canada’s government asks parliament to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the revised version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership from which Trump’s America’s pulled out … Continue reading “Mr Trump may be America’s Ambien”

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A G3 world order? Great powers compete, as in the 19th century

by Rashmee

Posted on June 26, 2018


“America First”. “Chinese dream”. “Great power Russia”. The world is being carved up between the two largest economies (the US and China) and the two largest nuclear powers (the US and Russia). What binds all three – the US, China and Russia – is a meshing of mindsets, much more than ever before. Donald Trump … Continue reading “A G3 world order? Great powers compete, as in the 19th century”

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Football could be the great equaliser when it comes to the wealth of nations

by Rashmee

Posted on June 20, 2018 / The National


Even for those of us who are not football fans, the World Cup in Russia offers significant points of interest. These chiefly revolve around economic theory and prompt some penetrating questions. Why have the world’s two biggest economies — the US and China — consistently been so bad at men’s football? Is excellence in football — an inexpensive sport compared to … Continue reading “Football could be the great equaliser when it comes to the wealth of nations”

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Trump-Kim summit can set off nuclear dominoes game

by Rashmee

Posted on June 17, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Ten years ago, in the closing months of George W. Bush’s presidency, the United States legitimised India’s status as a nuclear weapons state. Washington bent the rules and signed an agreement that allowed India to buy US dual-use nuclear technology, including materials and equipment that could be used for nuclear bombs. India (like Pakistan, Israel … Continue reading “Trump-Kim summit can set off nuclear dominoes game”

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Could capricious American unilateralism leave the US out in the cold?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2018 / The National


Those who wait with baited breath for a stinging European response to America’s withdrawal from the multi-lateral Iran nuclear deal should prepare to be marginally disappointed. The response may come but it will be subtle. Europe is not likely to launch high-velocity verbal volleys. But that does not mean it will meekly submit to capricious … Continue reading “Could capricious American unilateralism leave the US out in the cold?”

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Pakistan has a new self-confidence, and it has Chinese characteristics

by Rashmee

Posted on May 7, 2018


What’s happening with Pakistan five months into a year that began with Donald Trump’s first tweet of 2018 accusing the country of “lies and deceit”? Well, just days ago, Pakistan opened a shiny new international airport and advertised it as a sign of pleasantly evolving prospects. Pakistan continues – stubbornly and successfully – to resist … Continue reading “Pakistan has a new self-confidence, and it has Chinese characteristics”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US