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DnyaneshKamat

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 DnyaneshKamat

After the Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities, Whither US-Iran Relations? By Dnyanesh Kamat - Sep 16, 2019

In the run-up to the UN General Assembly later this month, there is a high possibility of a limited détente between the US and Iran. This might not be current received opinion, especially after the weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, but there are several indications that conditions appear conducive to just such a breakthrough. … Continue reading “After the Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities, Whither US-Iran Relations?”

Sudan’s Political Trajectory Is Likely to Resemble that of Myanmar By Dnyanesh Kamat - Sep 4, 2019

Sudan’s recently concluded power-sharing deal between its military and civilians will likely lead to a Myanmar-style hybrid democracy in the medium term, with institutionalized veto power over key policy areas reserved for the military. This is the best bet for Sudan’s pro-democracy forces to achieve full democracy in the long term. Abdalla Hamdok, Sudan’s new … Continue reading “Sudan’s Political Trajectory Is Likely to Resemble that of Myanmar”

Between an Islamist and a Populist for President, Tunisian Democracy Is at a Crossroads By Dnyanesh Kamat - Aug 18, 2019

In a snap presidential election in September, Tunisians are likely to have to choose between an Islamist and a populist strongman. Their choice could inextricably alter the course of their country’s young democracy. This unexpected election was necessitated by the death last month of President Beji Caid Essebsi. For the first time since the 2011 revolution, the Islamist Ennahda party will … Continue reading “Between an Islamist and a Populist for President, Tunisian Democracy Is at a Crossroads”

Racism in Israel and Its ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jul 29, 2019

Early this month, Israeli cities witnessed protests by some of the country’s 150,000-strong community of Ethiopian Jews. Protesters carried “Black Lives Matter” posters, inspired by the American movement of the same name. More than 100 police officers were injured during the protests and 136 people were arrested. The immediate trigger was the killing of Solomon … Continue reading “Racism in Israel and Its ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement”

Political Strife in Ethiopia Could Descend into Civil War, with Repercussions for the Arabian Peninsula and Europe By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jul 21, 2019

Recent political reforms by Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister, have revived ethnic tensions within the country, resulting in violence that could spiral into civil war, with grave repercussions not just for Ethiopia’s neighbors, but for Europe, East Africa and the Arab Gulf states as well. Abiy campaigned on a platform of uniting Ethiopians and reforms, … Continue reading “Political Strife in Ethiopia Could Descend into Civil War, with Repercussions for the Arabian Peninsula and Europe”