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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

Pakistan Gains from the Taliban’s Rise in Afghanistan, But Must Be Wary of Blowback By Dnyanesh Kamat - Sep 8, 2021

The Taliban’s coming to power in Afghanistan is a strategic gain for Pakistan. Yet, if Islamabad does not play its cards right in managing this new geopolitical reality, it could face an intense blowback with grave consequences for its own stability. For starters, now that the India-friendly Ashraf Ghani government is no longer in power, … Continue reading “Pakistan Gains from the Taliban’s Rise in Afghanistan, But Must Be Wary of Blowback”

Fall of Kabul: Armed with a US and Nato Armory, the Taliban Are Host to International Jihadis By Dnyanesh Kamat - Aug 27, 2021

With a massive inventory of American and Nato weaponry now in their control, the Taliban are the world’s most lethal terrorist group. They are also currently in possession of an entire state. Given that they have yet to explicitly cut their ties to global jihadism, the Taliban’s rise to power is a grave threat to … Continue reading “Fall of Kabul: Armed with a US and Nato Armory, the Taliban Are Host to International Jihadis”

The Taliban Victory in Afghanistan Will Be a Strategic Disaster for Tehran By Dnyanesh Kamat - Aug 15, 2021

This updated article was first published on July 27. The victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan is going to be a strategic nightmare for Iran. In recent years, Tehran initiated contact with the Taliban and even hosted talks between the Afghan government and the group. Despite its ideological antipathy to the Taliban, Iran maintained ties … Continue reading “The Taliban Victory in Afghanistan Will Be a Strategic Disaster for Tehran”

Water Scarcity Is the Biggest Threat to Stability in the Middle East By Dnyanesh Kamat - Aug 14, 2021

Water is likely to become the most critical determinant of state stability and geopolitical conflict in the Middle East. What makes water conflicts in the Middle East particularly flammable is that they sit atop a complex matrix of pre-existing ethnic grievances and inter-state disputes. Over the last few weeks, Iran has been rocked yet again … Continue reading “Water Scarcity Is the Biggest Threat to Stability in the Middle East”