Britain as a force for uber good?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY I seem to remember Tony Blair popularising the use of the phrase “Britain as a force for good”. As prime minister, Mr Blair repeated it so often, the phrase became almost meaningless, just the usual twaddle of politicians and other snake oil salesmen. It was hard to believe at the time, anyway. … Continue reading “Britain as a force for uber good?”

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From George W. Bush’s propensity to read books came the US policy of social distancing

by Rashmee

Posted on April 23, 2020


I didn’t realise that George W. Bush read books. The fact that he did matters, especially as the US is beset by “reopen” protests against Democratic governors seeking to mitigate the coronavirus toll by keeping states in lockdown. For it was from President Bush’s propensity to read books that came the US official policy of … Continue reading “From George W. Bush’s propensity to read books came the US policy of social distancing”

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America’s ‘usable power’ is perceptibly in decline

by Rashmee

Posted on May 28, 2019


  Every year, the pundits predict China’s rise to the status of global hegemon. Every other year, they predict the end of the American century. In 2019, the dirge about the United States is especially persuasive. Even though the US remains the richest, most militarily powerful country in the world, it’s finding it harder to … Continue reading “America’s ‘usable power’ is perceptibly in decline”

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The fight over America’s forever wars

by Rashmee

Posted on November 19, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Something extraordinary has happened in the capital of the world’s most powerful country: For the first time in more than 40 years, legisla­tors in the United States formally questioned the American president’s unchallenged authority to launch a nuclear strike. This is undoubtedly a reaction to the perceived unpredictability and rash temperament of the current inhabitant … Continue reading “The fight over America’s forever wars”

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How much does Donald Trump really matter to the world?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 18, 2017


How much does Donald Trump really matter to the world? Harvard professor and former US assistant secretary of defense Joseph Nye recently asked the question and came up with an interesting answer. Leadership does matter, he says, but no one knows how much exactly. “Scholars who have tried to measure the effects of leadership in … Continue reading “How much does Donald Trump really matter to the world?”

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Sixteen years after 9/11, how does America see the world?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 11, 2017 / The National


The “war on terrorism” may have been a misnomer, for how do you fight a noun that describes a methodology, but it has been moderately successful in real terms. That’s if you measure success for the United States domestically. It hasn’t suffered a successful attack by a foreign terrorist organisation since 9/11 on its territory. … Continue reading “Sixteen years after 9/11, how does America see the world?”

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Condoleezza Rice has news about democracy in the MENA region

by Rashmee

Posted on September 10, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


For all those who de­spair of the patchy and imperfect delivery of democracy after the Arab uprisings that started seven years ago, Condoleezza Rice has news. Democracy is in fine fettle, she says, or words to that effect. Occasional hiccups matter little in the long term. Just look at the American experience and all will … Continue reading “Condoleezza Rice has news about democracy in the MENA region”

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The so-called ‘democracy recession’ doesn’t mean that system is dying

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2017


For those like me who occasionally despair about the state of democracy, Condoleeza Rice has news. Democracy is in fine fettle, she says, or words to that effect. Occasional hiccups matter little in the long term. Just look at the American experience and all will be clear. Ms Rice makes these assertions in her new … Continue reading “The so-called ‘democracy recession’ doesn’t mean that system is dying”

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Search for justice in Iraq may not be totally futile

by Rashmee

Posted on August 6, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Realism, rather than cynicism, is the most appropriate response to the British High Court ruling that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should not face prosecution for his role in the 2003 Iraq war. First, there is no crime of aggres­sion in English law under which the former prime minister could be charged. The British … Continue reading “Search for justice in Iraq may not be totally futile”

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Trump needn’t worry about ‘rigged’ poll. OSCE is an observer & Putin rather likes them

by Rashmee

Posted on August 6, 2016


Donald Trump has said he worries the November 8 election will be “rigged” against him but surely he must take some comfort from the fact that America’s trysts with the ballot box are routinely observed by the OSCE? That the organization, which has traditionally focused on monitoring elections in emerging democracies, has formally done so … Continue reading “Trump needn’t worry about ‘rigged’ poll. OSCE is an observer & Putin rather likes them”

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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