America’s 12th anniversary in Afghanistan & hardly anyone noticed

by Rashmee

Posted on October 13, 2013


Virtually unnoticed, Afghanistan marked the 12th anniversary of the start of the US war …

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Which countries are ready for change? US is 12th, India 65, Haiti 85

by Rashmee

Posted on September 27, 2013


The paradox of KPMG’s Change Readiness Index is that it probably won’t change very much …

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What’s the right way to mark 9/11? Remembering less fiercely

by Rashmee

Posted on September 11, 2013


What’s the right way to mark 9/11? Twelve years on? In that grim space …

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Abundance of caution = Many headless chickens?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 5, 2013


When does an abundance of caution become pusillanimity? When 19 US missions are closed till …

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John Kerry manages to pull silken security strings in Pakistan

by Rashmee

Posted on August 1, 2013


John Kerry’s first visit to Pakistan as secretary of state. Things are looking, if …

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Gongs for the girls – from the Americans

by Rashmee

Posted on March 8, 2013


One can only imagine what the US Department of State is thinking (if anything at …

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Bye bye handshake diplomacy, hello namaste

by Rashmee

Posted on February 14, 2013


In the world of diplomacy, a handshake and a high-five can mean too much and …

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A ‘lean back’ chair for President Obama

by Rashmee

Posted on January 30, 2013


You’ve got to hand it to foreign policy wonks. They’re able to mint new doctrines …

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…and the lie floundered

by Rashmee

Posted on October 2, 2011


Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 The first day of the Afghan work week. It’s busy. The …

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In the beginning was a lie

by Rashmee

Posted on October 1, 2011


Okay, so this blog starts with a lie. It’s meant to cover 365 days – …

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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