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Dnyanesh Kamat

Dnyanesh Kamat is a political analyst on the Middle East and South Asia. He has worked as a consultant on socio-economic development for government and private-sector entities in North America, the Middle East and South Asia. He also advises governments on policies and strategic initiatives to foster growth in the creative industries, such as media, entertainment and culture. His main areas of interest are: the impact of changing global geopolitics on the Middle East and South Asia; the domestic politics and foreign policy of Iran; conflict resolution; electoral systems; gender issues; and the interaction of technology, media and politics.

Articles By Dnyanesh Kamat

Taliban’s Foreign Policy Poses Risks at Home and Abroad By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jan 17, 2022

On January 10, the Taliban’s acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, sought to reassure his country’s neighbors that Afghanistan’s new government was committed to peace. “We do not create insecurity or other problems for anyone,” Muttaqi said in a video message. “Everyone can come freely and live.” Yet, despite the soothing words, the Taliban’s foreign … Continue reading “Taliban’s Foreign Policy Poses Risks at Home and Abroad”

International Community Must Step in to Prevent Sudan Descending into War By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jan 12, 2022

Abdalla Hamdok’s resignation as prime minister of Sudan is a remarkable failure of the transition process with potentially dangerous consequences. The international community, particularly the US, EU, Egypt, and Arab Gulf states, must ensure Sudan does not descend into civil war. When Hamdok stood down on January 2, it removed the civilian fig leaf that masked the fact that the Sudanese government was being entirely controlled … Continue reading “International Community Must Step in to Prevent Sudan Descending into War”

Taliban’s Misogyny Is Appalling, but Powerful Nations Must Do Better By Dnyanesh Kamat - Dec 15, 2021

The Taliban have made the persecution of women central to their shambolic government in Afghanistan. While not seeking to draw parallels with the Taliban’s medieval barbarity, it is necessary also to recognize that the subjugation of women is central to the nationalisms of many richer countries. There is no doubt that the Taliban are a … Continue reading “Taliban’s Misogyny Is Appalling, but Powerful Nations Must Do Better”

Satire Is Critical to Public Life, But Satirists Also Need to Show Accountability By Dnyanesh Kamat - Nov 28, 2021

Indian comedian Vir Das’s recent monologue “I come from two Indias” did what satire is supposed to do – outrage some, and amuse others. At the end of a show in Washington this month, Das launched into a cutting six-minute routine highlighting contradictions in India around issues of sexual violence, COVID-19, politics and religion. Video … Continue reading “Satire Is Critical to Public Life, But Satirists Also Need to Show Accountability”

Negotiated Settlement is the Only Way to Avoid Disaster in Ethiopia and the Region By Dnyanesh Kamat - Nov 18, 2021

With Addis Ababa now at risk of falling to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the international community must step up diplomatic efforts to encourage the warring parties to agree on a political solution to the conflict. If the fighting plays out any further, it would have grave consequences not just for Ethiopia but for … Continue reading “Negotiated Settlement is the Only Way to Avoid Disaster in Ethiopia and the Region”