Geopolitics

Lack of consistency in pursuing its foreign policy has cost Nepal dear

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Competition may be forcing powerful countries to facilitate undemocratic and corrupt tendencies in the country. The most important point Chinese President Xi Jinping made when he met with Narayan Kaji Shrestha and others, according to a tweet by the Nepal Communist Party leader himself, is that to run the government, …

Prayer Flags

MONTHLY ANALYSIS – September 2019

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Summary China intensified its political and public diplomacy in September setting the stage for Xi Jinping’s visit to Nepal, scheduled for October 12 to 13. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit was followed by that of a delegation of the Chinese Communist Party which participated in a joint symposium with …

Woman working in a nursery in Rupani Municipality in Saptari District

Monthly News Analysis – July 2019

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Summary Federalism and democratization followed by credible transfer of power to the intermediate classes—people who provide support to the political elites in return for privileges and benefits—has helped Nepal attain relative peace and stability. The possibility of political and social stability depends on many factors including the relations between the …

Oli-Dahal discuss

Monthly News Analysis – June 2019

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Summary The US has been tightening its grip in the South Asian region alluring the countries with additional financial assistance. Nepal as a country in South Asian region cannot remain unaffected of the US assertion and has already received a huge commitment under the MCC. However, Nepal should have a …

Trans-Himalayan Connectivity

Xi’s Proposed Blueprint for Nepal-China Relations

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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Nepal has helped forge a new strategic partnership between Nepal and China. The strategic partnership is based on Xi’s blueprint for bilateral relations and has significant implications for Nepal’s democracy, development, governance and foreign policy. In a signed article published on October 11 in …

Ropes

Nepal’s Neutrality Dilemma

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In recent years, Nepal has become strategically significant in the eyes of key global players like China, America, and India. This has been the result of increasing tensions between China and America playing out in a test of the will between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Indo-Pacific Strategy. …

Two Third Majority

UML-Maoist Merger

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Two of the three largest political parties, CPN-UML and CPN-MC merged to form Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on May 17 and were approved by the Election Commission on June 6, 2018. “A bunch of leaders, in a guerilla style, brought the seven-point unification (document) and announced the decision, not a …

On a path of de-democratization

CK Raut and Madhes Politics

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Hours after the Supreme Court released Chandra Kanta Raut, an emerging radical leader, he spent the evening in Baluwatar drafting an agreement saying he would abandon secessionist politics and abide by the constitution. The next day, PM K P Oli declared the agreement with a fanfare,[1] clearly designed to attain …