A Russian exercise in re-selection

by Rashmee

Posted on September 20, 2021


Why cover the Russian exercise as an election? On Sunday, September 19, two days after …

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Democracy doesn’t have to be Western-style, nor the development template

by Rashmee

Posted on September 19, 2020


Veteran foreign policywallah Kishore Mahbubani once wrote a piece for The New York Times titled …

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The great drama in Belarus is matched by the great indifference of Trump’s America

by Rashmee

Posted on August 11, 2020


  The great drama around elections in Belarus is matched only by the great indifference …

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Trump and Putin are caricatures from 19th century Russian literature

by Rashmee

Posted on July 27, 2020


  Nina L. Khrushcheva says Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are literary caricatures and just …

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This isn’t Trumpgate: here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on July 1, 2020 / The Focus


Legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein has a scoop of sorts. Using authoritative accounts of …

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Keeping up appearances: Putin leads Russia to tactical wins

by Rashmee

Posted on June 29, 2020 / The Focus


Russia’s week-long vote on constitutional changes is expected to end in a predictable manner on …

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Plato used the image of the political leader as a doctor. That is particularly true in a pandemic

by Rashmee

Posted on March 31, 2020


Taiwan’s remarkably effective response to the coronavirus pandemic is thought to be in some measure …

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Leaders for life are as creative as novelists. They engage in world-building

by Rashmee

Posted on January 17, 2020


On Wednesday (Jan. 15) Russia’s president Vladimir Putin offered an apparently new tactic of democratic …

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Russia has fair-weather friends and allies in the Middle East

by Rashmee

Posted on November 30, 2019


Former Israeli foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami recently attempted to set everyone right on a crucial …

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Does migration herald the demise of the liberal idea?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 7, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Everywhere, the inoffensive liberal message is portrayed as a mortal threat to the greater common …

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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