The world must attempt to understand China on its own terms

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2019 / The National


The nation is setting its own rules with respect to political, economic and social freedoms, and it is up to us to figure out how to deal with that Now is a good time to consider an increasingly important question: how should the world deal with a rising China? May 4 marked the 100th anniversary … Continue reading “The world must attempt to understand China on its own terms”

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A G3 world order? Great powers compete, as in the 19th century

by Rashmee

Posted on June 26, 2018


“America First”. “Chinese dream”. “Great power Russia”. The world is being carved up between the two largest economies (the US and China) and the two largest nuclear powers (the US and Russia). What binds all three – the US, China and Russia – is a meshing of mindsets, much more than ever before. Donald Trump … Continue reading “A G3 world order? Great powers compete, as in the 19th century”

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Is the alternative to a US–led international order less international order?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 11, 2018


These days, prophets of doom are more likely to be the authors of political books rather than sages and philosophers. So it is with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, whose book ‘A World in Disarray’ was published yesterday, January 10. The book’s subtitle builds on the gloomy tone of the title. … Continue reading “Is the alternative to a US–led international order less international order?”

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Look Down Under for clues to the New World Dis-Order in this age of President Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on April 16, 2017


Here’s the effect Donald Trump is having on the new world order. Disparate countries are speaking up in unheard-of ways. Many are saying unbelievably undiplomatic things (a la Mr Trump). Almost no one is disavowing nuclear options, sometimes for real. Australia, for example, recently walked away from United Nations talks that seek to ban and … Continue reading “Look Down Under for clues to the New World Dis-Order in this age of President Trump”

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Does it go beyond Trump? Is America’s leadership of the world irreversibly in decline?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 8, 2016


It’s not just Donald Trump and his dark and isolationist vision for America. Even some of the pundits striving to see the shining city on the hill, find it swathed in mist, a fog of mis-statement, un-intention, doubt and disinclination. How has that happened? Fred Hiatt, editor of The Washington Post’s editorial page, identifies a cocktail … Continue reading “Does it go beyond Trump? Is America’s leadership of the world irreversibly in decline?”

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From GloboCop to GloboBully, the New World Order according to Donald Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on September 9, 2016


Would Donald Trump’s America be better for the world because it would mind its own business? Yes, say some pundits and players, American and non-American alike. A Trump-led America wouldn’t consider itself uniquely qualified to preach and prescribe to the world. Trump’s America wouldn’t regard itself as GloboCop (unless you paid for its security services). President … Continue reading “From GloboCop to GloboBully, the New World Order according to Donald Trump”

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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