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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 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’”

Israel’s Deal with Kosovo and Serbia is Window-Dressing by Trump and Netanyahu By Dnyanesh Kamat - Sep 20, 2020

The recent package deal between Israel and Kosovo and Serbia is a fine example of diplomatic window-dressing by the US, intended to shore up Donald Trump’s sagging poll numbers. As announced, Serbia will move its embassy to Jerusalem. The deal also stipulates that Kosovo and Israel will recognize each other and that Pristina will open … Continue reading “Israel’s Deal with Kosovo and Serbia is Window-Dressing by Trump and Netanyahu”

The Decline of the US-Led Global Order and Covid-19 Threaten to Worsen Conflict in the Middle East, Africa and Europe By Dnyanesh Kamat - Sep 6, 2020

Inter- and intra-state conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean, Mozambique and Iraq could seriously destabilize Africa, the Middle East and Europe. And the ongoing conflicts in these regions are poised to get much worse. For this, there are two key reasons. One is the raging Covid-19 pandemic. This has sapped most countries’ strategic efforts toward managing … Continue reading “The Decline of the US-Led Global Order and Covid-19 Threaten to Worsen Conflict in the Middle East, Africa and Europe”

The Middle East Is Set for Big Changes If Joe Biden Wins the White House By Dnyanesh Kamat - Aug 22, 2020

Big changes in Middle East politics may occur in the window between November’s US elections and Iran’s presidential election in May 2022. As polls suggest, Joe Biden is likely to be the next occupant of the White House. A President Biden is likely to take American foreign policy back to the Obama years. In the … Continue reading “The Middle East Is Set for Big Changes If Joe Biden Wins the White House”