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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

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”

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Hypocrisy Masquerading as Realpolitik By Dnyanesh Kamat - Oct 11, 2020

The clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh are a masterclass in hypocrisy couched as realpolitik. This is because they reveal the immensely schizophrenic nature of the actions of major regional players. True, countries often behave in ways that are at odds with what they say. Still, Nagorno-Karabakh marks a unique inflection point. It has allowed regional countries to … Continue reading “The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Hypocrisy Masquerading as Realpolitik”

The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Not Flattened the ‘Terrorism Curve’ By Dnyanesh Kamat - Oct 1, 2020

“Conventional” terrorism, as we have known it for the last few years, has abated and not just due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is because governments have spent considerable amounts of money on counterterrorism and on global efforts to stem the transnational flow of weapons, funds and terrorists. Moreover, the defeat of ISIS and Al … Continue reading “The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Not Flattened the ‘Terrorism Curve’”