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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

The AUKUS Deal Will Strengthen Iran’s Nuclear Goals and Threaten Peace in the Middle East and South Asia By Dnyanesh Kamat - Sep 24, 2021

The AUKUS deal announced between Australia, Britain and the United States, despite its purported focus on the Indo-Pacific, will also impact the Middle East and South Asia. The deal, a consequence of the emerging bipolar competition between the US and China, will see Iran capitalize on the arrangement to further its nuclear goals. For if … Continue reading “The AUKUS Deal Will Strengthen Iran’s Nuclear Goals and Threaten Peace in the Middle East and South Asia”

Pakistan Gains from the Taliban’s Rise in Afghanistan, But Must Be Wary of Blowback By Dnyanesh Kamat - Sep 8, 2021

The Taliban’s coming to power in Afghanistan is a strategic gain for Pakistan. Yet, if Islamabad does not play its cards right in managing this new geopolitical reality, it could face an intense blowback with grave consequences for its own stability. For starters, now that the India-friendly Ashraf Ghani government is no longer in power, … Continue reading “Pakistan Gains from the Taliban’s Rise in Afghanistan, But Must Be Wary of Blowback”

Fall of Kabul: Armed with a US and Nato Armory, the Taliban Are Host to International Jihadis By Dnyanesh Kamat - Aug 27, 2021

With a massive inventory of American and Nato weaponry now in their control, the Taliban are the world’s most lethal terrorist group. They are also currently in possession of an entire state. Given that they have yet to explicitly cut their ties to global jihadism, the Taliban’s rise to power is a grave threat to … Continue reading “Fall of Kabul: Armed with a US and Nato Armory, the Taliban Are Host to International Jihadis”

The Taliban Victory in Afghanistan Will Be a Strategic Disaster for Tehran By Dnyanesh Kamat - Aug 15, 2021

This updated article was first published on July 27. The victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan is going to be a strategic nightmare for Iran. In recent years, Tehran initiated contact with the Taliban and even hosted talks between the Afghan government and the group. Despite its ideological antipathy to the Taliban, Iran maintained ties … Continue reading “The Taliban Victory in Afghanistan Will Be a Strategic Disaster for Tehran”