Tis well to remember: The long shadow cast by France on Syria

by Rashmee

Posted on July 6, 2018


To many people, Syria spells no more than a long-running civil war, a dangerously internationalising …

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Is Jim Mattis the only senior Trump official who sees the big picture in Iraq?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 22, 2018


US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is batting for Moqtada Al Sadr. Kinda, sorta. Mr …

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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 …

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Why do secessionist movements rarely gather international support?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 3, 2017 / The National


Catalonia. Kurdistan. And, almost unnoticed by much of the world, Ambazonia in south-western and north-western …

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What on earth was Trump’s son-in-law doing in Iraq? Indians once had a term for this

by Rashmee

Posted on April 4, 2017


No one knows why Jared Kushner made his weekend dash to Iraq but one can …

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Iraq. Bangladesh…Are some countries second-class triggers of global grief?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 11, 2016


Some countries are second-class triggers of global grief. It’s true, for all that we pretend …

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Even an admiring profile of Baghdad’s 1st woman mayor struggles

by Rashmee

Posted on July 22, 2015


There’s been a lot of talk of dynamic city mayors going on to govern countries …

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Time to press reboot on democracy? Only if the criteria are changed

by Rashmee

Posted on May 2, 2015


Is it time to press reboot on democracy, Foreign Policy magazine asks. It’s a …

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As in pre-Surge days, Petraeus thinks Iraq is ‘hard but not hopeless’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 24, 2015


General Petraeus still believes that the situation in Iraq is “hard but not hopeless”. It’s …

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What does it mean that Raqqa in Syria and Derna in Libya are twin cities?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 20, 2015


It’s been five months since Derna threw in its lot with ISIL – an opportunistic …

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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