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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

As Israel-Russia Relations Sour, Middle East Braces for the Fallout By Dnyanesh Kamat - Sep 1, 2022

Ever since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, Russian Jews have been emigrating to Israel in growing numbers. Angered over the invasion and fearful of persecution, some 20,500 of the estimated 165,000 Jews in Russia have left for Israel, and more are expected to follow. The departures are part of a larger Russian exodus fueled by opposition to the war, … Continue reading “As Israel-Russia Relations Sour, Middle East Braces for the Fallout”

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”