The age of trade blocs? No, probably just Trump-blocks

by Rashmee

Posted on June 14, 2019


Change is the only reliable constant and so it is with global trade. For more than 70 years, the international trading system has operated by the rules laid out by “most-favored nation” (MFN) status. This means that if a country grants certain concessionary terms of trade to one country, it must do so to all. It’s … Continue reading “The age of trade blocs? No, probably just Trump-blocks”

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War on expertise means people just don’t believe facts on free trade and more

by Rashmee

Posted on July 21, 2018


The benefits of free trade. The effects of climate change. The protections afforded by vaccination. These are three areas that are feeling the effects of the long-running war on expertise. The US Chamber of Commerce, which leans Republican, has been running an advertising campaign to persuade Americans that tariffs are bad but trade is good. … Continue reading “War on expertise means people just don’t believe facts on free trade and more”

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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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Is economic patriotism a good idea? Sometimes, only sometimes

by Rashmee

Posted on March 21, 2018


  Is economic patriotism a good idea? Sometimes, but not when there’s nothing but flag-waving and sloganeering to back it up. Earlier this month, Donald Trump made an executive decision and vetoed the takeover of Qualcomm, an American chip-maker, by its rival, Broadcom. Mr Trump cited the threat from China, particularly in 5G, a new … Continue reading “Is economic patriotism a good idea? Sometimes, only sometimes”

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Trump popcorn mix and the nor’easter from North Korea

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2018


Who would’ve thought the nor’easter forecast for Washington, D.C. would be straight from North Korea? So it turned out on Thursday night. Fresh from a week of snow in London, I could barely credit the sight of snowflakes in Washington, D.C. But there it was – spotty rain showers on Tuesday evening mixed in with … Continue reading “Trump popcorn mix and the nor’easter from North Korea”

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This Fourth of July, America has a message in its inbox from much of the world

by Rashmee

Posted on July 4, 2017


It started three days after the Pew Research Centre poll that showed Donald Trump’s startling global unpopularity. Germany’s Angela Merkel slammed isolationism, protectionism and climate change denialism without mentioning President Trump by name. Members of Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union cheered when Mr Trump’s Commerce Secretary’s speech was cut off for going too long. Future delights … Continue reading “This Fourth of July, America has a message in its inbox from much of the world”

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Will the ‘China solution’ answer the world’s woes?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 6, 2017 / The National


The leaders of America and China — the world’s two largest economies — meet today and tomorrow, and the advance choreography has been confusing. Donald Trump will host Xi Jingping at his Florida club, but the only certainty is the two men won’t play golf, something frowned on in China and banned for millions of Communist Party members. Everything … Continue reading “Will the ‘China solution’ answer the world’s woes?”

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Banning electronic devices: Security or economic protectionism?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 26, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Is the Trump administra­tion’s new travel ban — not on people flying out of the Middle East but on their electronic devices — a sneaky game of economic protec­tionism dressed up as security? It is a loaded question. Secu­rity is literally a matter of life and death. It is dangerous for laypeople to be overly sceptical of any government’s … Continue reading “Banning electronic devices: Security or economic protectionism?”

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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