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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

What India’s Islam Row Tells Us About Its Place in the Evolving World Order By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jun 24, 2022

In the month since Nupur Sharma, a former spokeswoman for India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), offended Muslims around the world with disparaging comments about the Prophet Mohammed, India’s diplomats have been doing damage control – with limited success. After 18 Islamic countries, along with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), condemned Sharma’s remarks, the BJP … Continue reading “What India’s Islam Row Tells Us About Its Place in the Evolving World Order”

America’s Toxic Politics Make for an Unreliable Partner By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jun 2, 2022

During his recent five-day trip to Asia, US President Joe Biden announced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a 12-country initiative that will seek regulatory alignment. The aim is to deepen economic engagement across four pillars – connected economy (data, labor, and environmental standards), resilient economy (supply chains), clean economy (decarbonization), and fair economy (tax and anti-money laundering). … Continue reading “America’s Toxic Politics Make for an Unreliable Partner”

How US Retreat Will Define the Nile Dam Dispute By Dnyanesh Kamat - Apr 27, 2022

Tensions between Ethiopia and Egypt over a highly controversial dam on the Blue Nile are expected to rise over the next few months as the rainy season marks the next phase in filling the reservoir. The dispute already represents one of the world’s most serious diplomatic conundrums at a time when climate change is making water scarcity a more critical issue. … Continue reading “How US Retreat Will Define the Nile Dam Dispute”

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine is Destabilizing the Middle East By Dnyanesh Kamat - Apr 1, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is having a destabilizing effect on the Middle East. Despite recently walking back threats to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal – officially, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – Moscow continues to impede progress in retaliation for sanctions related to its military activities. This, in turn, is pushing Iran to respond in kind. On March 10, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps … Continue reading “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine is Destabilizing the Middle East”

Muslim Women’s Clothing Choices Used as Political Weapons By Dnyanesh Kamat - Feb 18, 2022

Muslim women’s clothing choices continue to be weaponized and policed by patriarchal states around the world. From India to France, Afghanistan to Iran, Muslim women are being used as cannon fodder for political purposes by male-dominated states. Only the justifications and political end-goals differ. But the playbook remains essentially the same. In India’s Karnataka state, university administrations have suddenly realized that the hijab, a scarf worn to … Continue reading “Muslim Women’s Clothing Choices Used as Political Weapons”