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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

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”

India’s New Government Will Loosen Ties with Iran and Deepen Relations with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jun 30, 2019

In a series of policy decisions and developments this month, Narendra Modi, newly elected to a second term as prime minister, is deepening India’s relations with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel, to the detriment of its ties with Iran. India also is increasing its military presence in the region, in order to safeguard oil … Continue reading “India’s New Government Will Loosen Ties with Iran and Deepen Relations with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel”

Infighting Within Iran’s Political Class will Only Heighten the Risk of War with the US By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jun 9, 2019

The Iranian political class has turned on itself following America’s re-imposition of sanctions. The infighting has had an impact on Iran’s foreign policy, with Tehran sending contradictory signals to the US and its regional allies, which could lead to both the US and Iran misreading each other’s intentions and rapidly escalating toward war. Since America withdrew from … Continue reading “Infighting Within Iran’s Political Class will Only Heighten the Risk of War with the US”