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Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Kamal Dev Bhattarai is a Kathmandu-based journalist and writer

Kamal Dev Bhattarai is a Kathmandu-based journalist and writer. He writes in international media about Nepal’s foreign policy, mainly focusing on India and China. In the last five years, he has been rigorously following Nepal’s policy toward India and China, and vice versa. He was New Delhi Bureau Chief for Kantipur Media Group, Nepal’s largest media house, from 2016-2018. As a senior political correspondent of The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times, he closely followed Nepal’s peace and constitution drafting process. He has written a book about Nepal’s peace and constitution drafting process, titled Transition: From 12-Point Understanding to Constitution Promulgation. He teaches journalism and mass communication in colleges and is involved in media research.
Posts by Kamal Dev Bhattarai
September 01, 2021

Is Nepal’s Secularism Under Threat?

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Growing calls for a Hindu state underline popular dissatisfaction with Nepal’s long stretch of political instability.

August 17, 2021

Can Nepal’s New Prime Minister Navigate Rough Political Seas?

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Sher Bahadur Deuba faces a herculean task in managing fragile politics.  
August 07, 2021

Nepal’s Once-and-Future Prime Minister: What to Expect From Deuba’s Foreign Policy

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Managing relations with great powers will remain a key foreign policy challenge for Nepal’s new prime minister.

April 17, 2021

Even as Virus Cases Soar, Nepal Re-Opens Mt. Everest

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Amid a second wave of COVID-19 infections, hundreds of climbers are set to scale the world’s tallest mountain.

October 19, 2020

Amid Rising Big Power Tensions, Nepal Seeks a New Foreign Policy

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Kathmandu will have to balance Beijing, New Delhi, and Washington as it seeks a new way forward to advance national interest.

August 25, 2020

Nepal’s Transitional Justice Process Runs the Risk of Failing

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
The government in Kathmandu must take urgent steps to rescue the process and follow the verdict of the Supreme Court.
May 22, 2020

China’s Growing Political Clout in Nepal

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
China has, of late, taken an active and quiet interest in Nepal’s domestic politics.

May 08, 2020

Will COVID-19 Reshape Nepal’s Diplomacy?

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
What will Nepal’s relationships with India, China, and the U.S. look like after COVID-19?

April 01, 2020

Nepal Cannot Fight Coronavirus Alone

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Kathmandu needs the support of bigger, wealthier, and more developed countries, even as the pandemic wrecks havoc across the world.

March 03, 2020

How Nepal Is Protecting Its Wildlife

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Nepal makes progress in wildlife conservation but it risks becoming a transit hub.

January 30, 2020

The Indo-Pacific Vs. the Belt and Road: Nepal’s Great MCC Debate

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
A $500 million grant under the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation faces opposition within Nepal’s ruling party.
January 27, 2020

Nepal Gets Serious About Climate Change

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Sujata Karki
Amid worries of a meltdown in Himalayas, Nepal plans to hold the Everest Dialogue. 

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