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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

Trump, Netanyahu and Khamenei’s Domestic Agendas Endanger Peace in the Middle East By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jan 7, 2021

The political calculations of three individuals – Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump and Ali Khamenei – will determine whether the Middle East sees war or relative peace in 2021. The prospects thus far do not look good. Benjamin Netanyahu faces the political fight of his life this year as Israelis head to the polls in March … Continue reading “Trump, Netanyahu and Khamenei’s Domestic Agendas Endanger Peace in the Middle East”

As Covid Vaccinations Begin, Beware of Disruptions to the Supply Chain By Dnyanesh Kamat - Dec 23, 2020

The No. 1 threat that ought to concentrate the minds of government officials right now is disruptions to the supply and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. Such disruptions may come from mischievous states, terrorists or criminal gangs. The procurement of vaccines will rely on complex coordination between thousands of government and private-sector entities. This includes the … Continue reading “As Covid Vaccinations Begin, Beware of Disruptions to the Supply Chain”

Nagorno-Karabakh: Peace Deal Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Is a Strategic Disaster for Iran By Dnyanesh Kamat - Nov 25, 2020

The latest Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been a strategic disaster for Iran. Why? Because the terms of the ceasefire agreed on between Armenia and Azerbaijan represent a grave threat to Iran’s long-term strategic interests. The effects of this are likely to influence the Iranian people’s perception of their regime, as well as alter Iran’s policy toward … Continue reading “Nagorno-Karabakh: Peace Deal Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Is a Strategic Disaster for Iran”

France’s Macron Uses Secularism and Minority-Baiting to Shore Up His Sagging Political Fortunes By Dnyanesh Kamat - Nov 10, 2020

As with demagogues the world over, Emmanuel Macron has resorted to minority-baiting to shore up his sinking political fortunes. In October, the French president accused the country’s approximately six million Muslims of embracing a culture counter to French values. Macron even went so far as to suggest that Islam was in crisis globally and that … Continue reading “France’s Macron Uses Secularism and Minority-Baiting to Shore Up His Sagging Political Fortunes”

Islamist Violence in Africa: An African Problem that Needs an African Solution By Dnyanesh Kamat - Oct 28, 2020

African governments have to take the lead in combatting raging Islamist violence across the continent. Policymakers in the West should also recognize that despite their purported affiliation with ISIS, most Islamist groups in Africa arose from, and thrive on, local grievances. For that reason, rather than only responding militarily, the West must pursue a holistic … Continue reading “Islamist Violence in Africa: An African Problem that Needs an African Solution”