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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

Transition in Iran Will Threaten Security at Home and Abroad By Dnyanesh Kamat - Mar 31, 2021

When is a republic not a republic? When an incumbent leader lays the groundwork for his son to succeed him, which is exactly what Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is doing. The dynastic style of this once-in-a-generation political transition makes a mockery of the Islamic Republic’s professed ideals and will lead to further misery … Continue reading “Transition in Iran Will Threaten Security at Home and Abroad”

Whoever Wins Israel’s Election, Israeli Democracy Will Be the Loser By Dnyanesh Kamat - Mar 10, 2021

Israel’s fourth election in two years, on March 23, will cause significant damage to the country’s democracy, in four ways. Two have  already occurred and two are likely to occur after the elections. The context for it is Benjamin Netanyahu facing an impending corruption trial and fighting for his political life. First, in order to … Continue reading “Whoever Wins Israel’s Election, Israeli Democracy Will Be the Loser”

Sudan’s Political Transition Is at Its Shakiest Despite Recent Peace Deals with Rebel Groups By Dnyanesh Kamat - Feb 17, 2021

Despite a host of recent achievements, Sudan’s political transition is in its most precarious phase. A wide variety of crises buffets Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s government. Should they get out of control, it will open the door for the military to assume control. Last year, Hamdok’s government signed peace deals with several rebel groups, whose … Continue reading “Sudan’s Political Transition Is at Its Shakiest Despite Recent Peace Deals with Rebel Groups”

Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict Threatens to Spill Over By Dnyanesh Kamat - Feb 1, 2021

The conflict between the Ethiopian federal government and a rebellious local government in the Tigray region has not only spread to other parts of the country, but now also beyond Ethiopia’s borders. Thus, a local conflict is now seeding violence in Ethiopia’s surrounding region – and could get worse. To be sure, it was Tigray’s … Continue reading “Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict Threatens to Spill Over”

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”