We are yet to see the Trump– Kushner Middle East peace plan & it may not be a peace plan at all

by Rashmee

Posted on April 1, 2019


On March 27, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared before a congressional committee and responded with jocular if unfortunate frankness to the following question:  When is the United States going to unveil the Israel-Palestinian peace plan being crafted by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner? Mr Pompeo replied: “I think we can say in less than … Continue reading “We are yet to see the Trump– Kushner Middle East peace plan & it may not be a peace plan at all”

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Why Israel is pushing for a reset in relations with the Muslim world

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Binyamin Netanyahu’s Israel is determined to become a friend of all the world. All the Muslim world beyond the Palestinian territories, that is. In 2016, it was Muslim-majority Guinea. In 2019, it’s Muslim-majority Chad and soon, perhaps, overwhelmingly Muslim Mali. In restoring relations, Guinea, Chad and Mali end 52, 48 and 47 years, respectively, of … Continue reading “Why Israel is pushing for a reset in relations with the Muslim world”

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Arab states too, like Trump, share blame for Palestinian plight

by Rashmee

Posted on September 9, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Don’t wait for a Trump-branded peace plan for the Palestinian-Israeli issue. It has already been rolled out, bit by bit, since December 2016. It’s not a peace plan so much as a strategy for war, the complete and utter destruction of Palestinian hopes for self-determination, a two-state solution, justice and dignity. In December 2016, Donald … Continue reading “Arab states too, like Trump, share blame for Palestinian plight”

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With stalemate on talks on the future of Afghanistan, who will steer a way forward?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 29, 2018 / The National


This week Russia announced it would postpone multilateral peace talks with the Taliban, originally scheduled for September 4 in Moscow. The announcement was a delayed embrace of common sense, considering the meeting could do little to bring about peace in Afghanistan. Both the Afghan and US governments had refused to attend. The Indians, wary of … Continue reading “With stalemate on talks on the future of Afghanistan, who will steer a way forward?”

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What the Nobel Prize for economics might tell us about peace in the Middle East

by Rashmee

Posted on October 15, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


This year’s Nobel Prize for economics will be awarded to Richard Thaler, the University of Chicago professor who has worked in the revolutionary field called behavioural economics. The prize makes official something the more discerning long suspected: That human beings are not rational creatures and that we’re prone to irresponsible decisions. The Sveriges Riksbank Prize … Continue reading “What the Nobel Prize for economics might tell us about peace in the Middle East”

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Will a peace-for-justice trade-off be viable in Afghanistan?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 10, 2017 / The National


He may not have meant for it to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Che Guevara’s death, but Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani recently spoke about peace in reference to a conflict inspired by the exploits of the iconic guerrilla leader. Mr Ghani told the BBC that there were lessons for Afghanistan in the Colombia peace … Continue reading “Will a peace-for-justice trade-off be viable in Afghanistan?”

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A ‘death stare war’ in Hangzhou turned into the Syria deal

by Rashmee

Posted on September 11, 2016 / The Arab Weekly


The Syrian conflict is not over yet. The ceasefire has not yet begun but the United States and Russia have at least agreed that this – the week of Eid al-Adha  – can be the start of a new season of hope in the 5-year-old conflict. No one could have predicted this outcome when the … Continue reading “A ‘death stare war’ in Hangzhou turned into the Syria deal”

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As Colombia’s peacetime starts, Norwegian who helped says he no longer wears a watch

by Rashmee

Posted on August 29, 2016


From today, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) are officially no longer at war. After 52 years, the prospect of peace is alluring. But a referendum – and many possible missteps – could stand in the way. Whatever happens, the contribution of one man – a Norwegian diplomat who’s spent … Continue reading “As Colombia’s peacetime starts, Norwegian who helped says he no longer wears a watch”

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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