International Relations & Foreign Affairs

SPP – The Newest Geopolitical Hot Potato in Nepal

The State Partnership Program (SPP) has become the new geopolitical hot potato in Nepal only a few months after the MCC debacle was laid to rest with an eventual parliamentary ratification. While SPP began as a humanitarian and disaster response training program, according to the national guard website, SPP is a “partner focused, strategically aligned”…

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United Nation Team Visits Xinjiang

Since 2018, OCHR has been negotiating with China for visiting Xinjiang with“unfettered, meaningful access” and the freedom to interview civil society groups without supervision. On March 2022, the negotiation led to an agreement “on the parameters that respects methodology”, including “unfettered access to a broad range of actors, including civil society”. This is the first…

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Nepal’s trade relations with its neighbors and the role of economic diplomacy

Photo: RSS Centre for Social Inclusion and Federalism (CESIF) organized a webinar on February 24, 2020, focusing on “Nepal’s trade relations with its neighbors and the role of economic diplomacy.” Speakers: Mr Purushottam Ojha – He served as the Secretary of Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies. He is currently a freelance consultant in the…

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News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (February 3 – 9, 2022)

Nepal received 800,000 doses of Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccines from the U.K. through the COVAX facility on February 8. This is a part of 2.1 million AstraZeneca vaccines that the U.K. pledged to provide Nepal. 50,000 metric tons of urea and 63,535 metric tons of DAP fertilizer imports have been halted due to the Chinese…

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News Digest International Relations & Foreign Affairs (January 27- February 2)

Israel sent the consignment of 563 thousand syringes to Nepal on February 2. This consignment is an addition to previous assistance to help the Nepal government combat Covid-19. Australian Ambassador Felicity Volk held a meeting with Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation Minister Pampha Bhusal on January 31. In the meeting, the ambassador expressed the Australian…

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News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (January 20 – 26, 2022)

Nepal has been elected a member of four UN bodies, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the UN Commission on Narcotics (CND), the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD), and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). India has conveyed to independent electricity producers…

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News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (January 13 – 19, 2022)

Traders and businesspersons protested the undeclared border blockade in Kerung and Tatopani checkpoints in Kathmandu on January 12. As per the customs office, only nine trucks from Kerung and 11 from Tatopani are allowed to enter Nepal. Previously, 200 to 250 containers of goods entered Nepal daily. Earlier, there used to be correspondence with Chinese…

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News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (January 6 – 12, 2022)

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s visit to India was canceled after the Gujrat state government suspended the Vibrant Gujrat Summit due to increasing Covid-19 cases. However, both the countries have laid the basis for PM’s visit, such as signing eight memorandums of understanding in various sectors. Thus, Deuba is likely to visit India soon. Foreign…

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March Analysis: International Relations and Foreign Affairs

Foreign engagements have ramped up and Nepal has once again found itself in a geopolitical focus in the context of intensifying great power rivalry. The parliamentary ratification of MCC after much debate came as a moral and informational warfare defeat for China in Nepal. The announcement of China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave rise to…

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February Analysis: International Relations and Foreign Affairs

On February 6, a letter jointly endorsed by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and NCP (Maoist-center) Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal to MCC headquarters was disclosed. The letter expressed the commitment to pass the MCC by the parliament. In response to the letter sent to the MCC board by the ruling coalition leaders, MCC has indicated that failing to ratify MCC in Parliament within February 28 may result in consequences like reductions in aid and foreign direct investments from the U.S. and other countries

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Proceedings Report: Military Diplomacy of Nepal

With 75 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties, relationship with the US has been significant in Nepal’s foreign policy. The long-established relationship has undergone transformations over the years, guided by shifts in global hegemony and consequent shifts in strategic interests. The most recent developments concern controversies related to MCC and SPP, and the conflict…

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Nepal’s Cross Border Relations with China

On January 28, 2022, the Center for Social Inclusion and Federalism (CESIF) organized a virtual discussion entitled “Nepal’s Cross-border Relations with China.” CESIF’s researcher, Ms. Shraddha Ghimire presented her findings for the research on the same topic at the webinar. Discussants for the topic included Honorable Mr. Divya Mani Rajbhandari, a member of the Foreign…

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Proceedings Report: Nepal-India Border Relations

Centre for Social Inclusion and Federalism (CESIF), Nepal organized a webinar on Nepal-India Border Relations on 26th November, 2021. Discussants included: Ajaya Bhadra Khanal, Research Director at CESIF Nepal.  Summera Shrestha, Executive Director for Women for Human Rights. Senior Journalist and Analyst, Chandrakishore and Hon’ble Malamati Rana, Member of the Parliament of the Sudhurpaschim Provincial…

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Discussing Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties

Centre for Social Inclusion and Federalism (CESIF), Nepal organized a discussion on Ranjit Rae’s Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties which took place on 25th October, 2021, at The Soaltee Kathmandu. Discussant panel included: noted author – Amish Mulmi; Assistant Professor – Apekshya Shah; eminent scholar, Prof. Dr. Lokraj Baral; former Prime Minister and Chairperson of…

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Nepal’s connectivity with China: Status and Prospects

CESIF (Center for Social Inclusion and Federalism) organized a webinar on September 27, 2021, to discuss on the topic of Nepal’s connectivity with China. The webinar was opened by Shraddha Ghimire, a research fellow at CESIF by presenting the key findings of her research titled ‘Nepal-China Transit Transport Agreement (TTA): An Analysis’. The presentation was…

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