Why you need more than just a name in modern politics

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2019 / The National


This month has already seen a spotlight shine on the rise — and fall — of political families around the world. From the resignation in India of the leader of the main opposition Congress Party, to the arrival of a new Greek prime minister with a family history of political activity, to US President Donald Trump’s robust defence of … Continue reading “Why you need more than just a name in modern politics”

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Will Iranian oil shutdown hurt India?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2019 / First Post


What happens after May 1, when the US waiver for India and other major importers of Iranian oil runs out? No drama, or at least no discernible drama. Iran is one of India’s main oil suppliers but New Delhi is affecting insouciance in its first response to American threats against those who continue to do … Continue reading “Will Iranian oil shutdown hurt India?”

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Pakistan’s borrowing record with the IMF is pretty extraordinary

by Rashmee

Posted on March 28, 2019


Did you know Pakistan has secured 21 loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since it became a member? Me neither. I knew Pakistan had returned again and again to the IMF over the decades but 21 loans! That’s a lot in 69 years. (The IMF gives Pakistan’s effective date of membership as July 11, … Continue reading “Pakistan’s borrowing record with the IMF is pretty extraordinary”

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Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan

by Rashmee

Posted on March 4, 2019 / The National


Recent weeks have been tumultuous, but from out of the clamour, sober voices with no appetite for war can be clearly heard Fighting between India and Pakistan hasn’t stopped entirely but the threat of nuclear war has receded for the moment. On Saturday, heavy shelling and a dozen deaths of civilians and soldiers were reported along … Continue reading “Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan”

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Behind India and Pakistan’s sabre-rattling lies a chance for change

by Rashmee

Posted on September 26, 2018 / The National


That India and Pakistan are talking of war yet again illustrates the competing truths about this relationship 71 years after Partition. Mutual enmity is strong, but there also appears to be a crowd-pleasingly choreographed complicity in all the tough talk. Consider the latest row. India abruptly called off a meeting on the sidelines of the … Continue reading “Behind India and Pakistan’s sabre-rattling lies a chance for change”

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Trump’s America has a foreign policy Talleyrand would boil down to one word: ‘No’

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2018


Five separate events over the past few days have come together to create a better picture of US foreign policy than we had until now. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s fourth visit to North Korea this year has been called off in an indication that the denuclearization process is not going well. The new … Continue reading “Trump’s America has a foreign policy Talleyrand would boil down to one word: ‘No’”

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What’s the message of US sending Zalmay Khalilzad back to Afghanistan?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 23, 2018


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is yet to formally appoint Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former US ambassador to Kabul and Baghdad, as his special envoy on Afghanistan. But if he does so, it’s clear it’s sending something of a message to the region. The Trump administration is not impressed by Pakistan’s new, hunk-led government … Continue reading “What’s the message of US sending Zalmay Khalilzad back to Afghanistan?”

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Can Imran Khan’s Pakistan balance Riyadh and Tehran?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 19, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


In the drama over the Trump administration’s attitude towards Iran, a country that has not developed nuclear weapons, a crucial transition under way in the world’s only Muslim nuclear state is being ignored. It shouldn’t be. Pakistan has the world’s sixth largest nuclear arsenal, fifth largest military and second largest population of Muslims. It also … Continue reading “Can Imran Khan’s Pakistan balance Riyadh and Tehran?”

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Imran Khan & his cousin captained Pak team. Sport, unlike politics, is not about dynasty

by Rashmee

Posted on August 14, 2018


When cricketer Imran Khan is sworn in as Pakistan’s 21st prime minister, his admirers will be focusing on his persistence, which some might say is bloodymindedness by another name. For more than 20 years, Mr Khan has pursued something that might have seemed a hopeless cause. Civilian power in Pakistan’s history has alternated between two … Continue reading “Imran Khan & his cousin captained Pak team. Sport, unlike politics, is not about dynasty”

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Will a new dawn for Pakistan mean a shift in relations with India?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 8, 2018 / The National


A precise date is yet to be set for the swearing-in of Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister but the symbolic significance of the event is apparent anyway. Imran Khan will take his oath as Pakistan’s 21st prime minister either on, or close to, his country’s 71st birthday next week, inextricably intertwined with the painful anniversary … Continue reading “Will a new dawn for Pakistan mean a shift in relations with India?”

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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