The best laid plans of mice and men…and Putin and his gold

by Rashmee

Posted on March 1, 2022


If, like me, you’re wondering how Russia can be so rich – its war chest …

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Europe’s ‘almost-consensus’ moment on Russia and Ukraine speaks volumes. For shame

by Rashmee

Posted on February 25, 2022


Early on Friday, February 25, the day after Russia invaded Ukraine,  Donald Tusk, a …

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‘Ukraine is like Afghanistan and the Russians are like the Taliban’: The NYT’s apophany

by Rashmee

Posted on February 16, 2022


According to The New York Times (NYT), Ukraine’s current situation – with the Russian bear …

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The diplomatic high table and Russian see-saw

by Rashmee

Posted on February 11, 2022


After Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met France’s President Emmanuel Macron (on February 7), all the …

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What does Danish pastry have to do with Finlandisation?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2022


If you go to Denmark, don’t ask for Danish pastry. If you go to India, …

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Russia, Ukraine, Schrodinger’s cat and our interconnected world

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2022


I recently read a very interesting commentary on Vladimir Putin’s strategy with respect to Ukraine. …

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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 of …

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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 as …

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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