Syria, Iran, unicorns and rainbows: The Trump-Putin tryst

by Rashmee

Posted on July 15, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


US President Donald Trump may not think it worthwhile to consult Dennis Ross on Russia in the Middle East but the veteran US diplomat’s reading of the situation as it pertains today is spot on. The United States has not wanted to be part of a solution in Syria and it is not, Ross recently … Continue reading “Syria, Iran, unicorns and rainbows: The Trump-Putin tryst”

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What South Korea’s reaction to Yemeni refugees really tells us

by Rashmee

Posted on July 13, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


It has taken less than a thousand refugees fleeing Yemen’s grinding three-year-old war for prosperous, seemingly globalised South Korea to revert to fiercely xenophobic notions of a country built upon “ethnic homogeneity” and “pure blood.” South Korea’s newly visible animus to Muslims and Arabs comes at an interesting point in the global conversation about uninvited … Continue reading “What South Korea’s reaction to Yemeni refugees really tells us”

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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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Who’s listening to Dennis Ross? But is he worth hearing out, at least on Syria?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2018


Donald Trump may not think it worthwhile to consult Dennis Ross on Russia in the Middle East, but the veteran diplomat’s reading of the situation as it obtains today is spot-on. The US has neither wanted to be part of a solution in Syria – and it is not, says Mr Ross. True. Russia runs … Continue reading “Who’s listening to Dennis Ross? But is he worth hearing out, at least on Syria?”

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Why Europe seeks an ‘Australian solution’ to the migrant issue

by Rashmee

Posted on July 8, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


When European leaders talk of establishing “disembarkation platforms” for migrants in the Middle East and Africa, they are hoping to find an “Australian solution” to a hot-button issue. Here’s why. Australia’s policies towards unwanted migrants are tough, deeply controversial — and they have worked. Australia has all but become a no-go area for the uninvited. Even people … Continue reading “Why Europe seeks an ‘Australian solution’ to the migrant issue”

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Signposts of a changing world order?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 30, 2018


Are there any signposts along the way when a world order changes? Yes. Consider two examples from just the past eight months. On June 29, member states of a United Nations migration agency (IOM) rejected US President Donald Trump’s nominee for director general, repudiating 67 years of American control of the organisation. In November, India’s … Continue reading “Signposts of a changing world order?”

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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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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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Please give Donald Trump his due and take him seriously

by Rashmee

Posted on June 16, 2018


  Does Donald Trump want Americans to be like North Koreans? He has said as much. “He (Kim Jong Un) speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same,” Mr Trump told Fox and Friends on Friday, June 15. Later, Mr Trump explained he had been making a … Continue reading “Please give Donald Trump his due and take him seriously”

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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