The US and EU are competing to play peacemaker in the Balkans

by Rashmee

Posted on June 30, 2020 / The National


The Serbia-Kosovo dispute is back in the news more than two decades after the war ended. A peace summit that was to be held over the weekend at the White House between the presidents of both countries had to be postponed. But Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic met the president of the European … Continue reading “The US and EU are competing to play peacemaker in the Balkans”

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When it comes to peace, is the EU really a great power?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 21, 2020 / The National


Even before he became the European Union’s new foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, suggested that Europe should speak the “language of power”. And German foreign minister Heiko Maas called for a “strong and sovereign Europe”, which could be a bigger player on the world stage through a proposed European Security Council. It is fitting, then, … Continue reading “When it comes to peace, is the EU really a great power?”

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Secession isn’t necessarily bad but Catalonia might find it’s not good either

by Rashmee

Posted on September 30, 2017


How bad is secession? Is a region a “bad hombre” (in President Trump’s colourful idiom) if it secedes from the mother country? That depends. In the past 25 years, nine new countries have been born. The circumstances of their birth were often bloody. Generally, they were contested. And, their creation as separate states has remained … Continue reading “Secession isn’t necessarily bad but Catalonia might find it’s not good either”

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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