Can the WTO hit the reset button on global trade?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 18, 2020 / The National


While the world’s eyes were fixed on the US presidential election, another consequential, if less thrilling contest was happening elsewhere, with significant ramifications for global trade. The World Trade Organisation is trying to appoint its new head, a decision that was supposed to be wrapped up in low-key style in the week of the American … Continue reading “Can the WTO hit the reset button on global trade?”

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Qatar’s 2017 airlift of cows in the context of the coronavirus-induced backlash against globalisation

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2020


When analysts write about a coronavirus-induced backlash against globalisation and its sprawling supply chains, I think of Qatar’s 2017 airlift of cows. It was a remarkable operation, often described as the largest airlift of cattle in history. And it sounded farfetched, this attempt to create a Wisconsin in the Arabian desert. But in July 2017, … Continue reading “Qatar’s 2017 airlift of cows in the context of the coronavirus-induced backlash against globalisation”

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The Covid-19 pathogen has now invaded at least 47 nations and it’s a pandemic of fear

by Rashmee

Posted on February 27, 2020


So the Covid-19 pathogen has now invaded at least 47 nations but it’s not a pandemic per se, just a pandemic of fear. There’s extreme reluctance, so far, to label the coronavirus outbreak a “pandemic”, which would, of course, prompt the World Health Organisation to press its big red button. Even so, with cases emerging … Continue reading “The Covid-19 pathogen has now invaded at least 47 nations and it’s a pandemic of fear”

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Big business should be selling globalism if it knows what’s good for it

by Rashmee

Posted on July 15, 2019


In the context of Donald Trump’s vicious attacks on four Democratic Congresswomen for looking different, here’s an interesting idea promoted not too long ago by Michael R Strain (Twitter handle: @MichaelRStrain), director of economic policy studies and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. If big business wants to adopt a social cause, why not … Continue reading “Big business should be selling globalism if it knows what’s good for it”

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Populism will stay in America, no matter if Trump does so in the White House or not

by Rashmee

Posted on February 11, 2019


Four years or eight, don’t look to Donald Trump’s exit from the White House to bring an end to this era of so-called populism. Harvard professor Joseph Nye recently offered a common sense view of populism, especially of the American variety. His piece can be distilled to a two-part message: ** Most Americans generally express … Continue reading “Populism will stay in America, no matter if Trump does so in the White House or not”

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US no-shows mean advantage China at this year’s Davos?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 22, 2019


The elite descend on Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, and it may well be China’s game to lose. There will be no US delegation, no French president and no British prime minister at Davos. But China’s Vice-President Wang Qishan will be in attendance. A piece in the South China Morning Post discussed the possibilities … Continue reading “US no-shows mean advantage China at this year’s Davos?”

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Nordic model is answer to rich world’s howl of fury about globalisation

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2018


In 2005, economics professor Joseph Stiglitz wrote a book titled ‘Globalization and Its Discontents’. It sought to explain developing countries’ pique with respect to globalization. That was relatively easy to understand. The developing world believed that global trade agreements were weighted in favour of the rich, that the system was not fair, that merit didn’t … Continue reading “Nordic model is answer to rich world’s howl of fury about globalisation”

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Football could be the great equaliser when it comes to the wealth of nations

by Rashmee

Posted on June 20, 2018 / The National


Even for those of us who are not football fans, the World Cup in Russia offers significant points of interest. These chiefly revolve around economic theory and prompt some penetrating questions. Why have the world’s two biggest economies — the US and China — consistently been so bad at men’s football? Is excellence in football — an inexpensive sport compared to … Continue reading “Football could be the great equaliser when it comes to the wealth of nations”

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Grievance economics versus globalisation

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2017 / The National


  Back in the 10th century, the Baghdad-born traveller Al Masudi wrote about China, its rule of law and careful attempts to ensure justice to its citizens and to foreign visitors. He provided anecdotal evidence of the just treatment meted out to Arab traders. The account by Al Masudi, sometimes described as the Arab Herodotus, … Continue reading “Grievance economics versus globalisation”

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Will China be able to stimulate global trade?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 18, 2017 / The National


As China formally launched the largest infrastructure development programme the world has ever seen, the BBC World Service led its Sunday news bulletins with the following story: a 101-year-old great-grandfather from Somerset had become the oldest man on the planet to do a skydive. When the network, which reaches a global audience upwards of 66 … Continue reading “Will China be able to stimulate global trade?”

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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