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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

Iran Elections: A New Parliament of Hardliners Means More Strife at Home and More Tension Abroad By Dnyanesh Kamat - Mar 2, 2020

Iran’s recent highly managed parliamentary elections show that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his allies have abandoned all pretense of representing the will of the people. Hardliners are now in full control of the parliament. Provisional results released by the Iranian authorities point to a complete takeover of the parliament, with Khamenei’s allies taking 178 out … Continue reading “Iran Elections: A New Parliament of Hardliners Means More Strife at Home and More Tension Abroad”

The Middle East Must Prepare for Blowback from India’s Domestic Crisis By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jan 31, 2020

The Middle East must prepare to act in light of the ongoing political strife in India, as there is an increasing chance of blowback from across the Arabian Sea. Successive governments in New Delhi have managed what other countries have long aspired to in the Middle East, which is to maintain friendly relations with all … Continue reading “The Middle East Must Prepare for Blowback from India’s Domestic Crisis”

Iran and Israel Are Raising Tensions Because They have the Same Problem: They Need to Divert Attention Away from Domestic Failures By Dnyanesh Kamat - Nov 28, 2019

Israel and Iran have something in common. Both face instability at home. Over the last ten days, protests have erupted in at least 100 Iranian cities. The regime in Tehran is clearly rattled, not just because of the scale of the protests, but because the protesters are from all socio-economic classes and are openly calling … Continue reading “Iran and Israel Are Raising Tensions Because They have the Same Problem: They Need to Divert Attention Away from Domestic Failures”

Azerbaijan in the Crosshairs of the Iran-US-Israel Conflict By Dnyanesh Kamat - Oct 22, 2019

The recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, allegedly at Iran’s behest, suggest that America’s oil-exporting allies need to brace themselves for attacks on their own energy infrastructure. By this logic, Azerbaijan, an oil and gas producer that has been assiduously cultivating strong relations with both the US and Israel, would be a prime target. … Continue reading “Azerbaijan in the Crosshairs of the Iran-US-Israel Conflict”