US needs to think foreign policy ABC – Aftermath, Blowback, Consequences

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2013


As French forces take “access points to Timbuktu” and the French foreign minister says “little by little Mali is liberated”, it’s worthwhile to ponder how we came to this pass. Swaminathan Anklesaria Aiyar, my former colleague in The Times of India, has arguedwith his customary lucid force and logic that President Obama’s alleged foreign policy … Continue reading “US needs to think foreign policy ABC – Aftermath, Blowback, Consequences”

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s iPod playlist? Not really

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2013


It says something about Aung San Suu Kyi’s restraint and self-effacement that she personally picked just one of the eight musical tracks she was allowed to choose for the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Desert Island Discs’. In a sense then, this was not really a hypothetical playlist from Suu Kyi’s hypothetical iPod. (Does she have an … Continue reading “Aung San Suu Kyi’s iPod playlist? Not really”

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India, China, Bhutan: Himalayan Trio’s Strategic Shimmy

by Rashmee

Posted on January 26, 2013


A busy, mind-bender of a week for the Bhutanese King.Or is it? Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck meets India’s National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon on Monday, January 28 and Indian Army Chief Bikram Singh later that day. The only issue for discussion is China’s new desire to have diplomatic relations with its tiny neighbour. After decades … Continue reading “India, China, Bhutan: Himalayan Trio’s Strategic Shimmy”

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