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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
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. 

January 01, 2020

A Rock and a Hard Place: Nepal’s 2019 Diplomacy in Review

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Over the past year, Nepal has been in a tight spot as it seeks to balance between major powers.

December 28, 2019

Is Nepal’s New Airport Dream an Environmental Nightmare?

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Nepal’s Supreme Court halted the construction of a new international airport as it considers a protest from environmental groups.
October 03, 2019

Amid China-US Rivalry, India Maintains Low Profile in Nepal 

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
With Xi Jinping expected to visit Nepal soon, Kathmandu is caught between the BRI and the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy.

May 09, 2019

Nepal Inching Toward China

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Warnings of a debt trap aside, there is consensus in Nepal on the benefits to be had from the Belt and Road Initiative.

May 07, 2019

Why Nepal Is Keenly Watching India Elections

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
The stakes for Nepal are high as India votes.

March 13, 2019

Are the Maoists Rising Again in Nepal?

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
13 years after the civil war ended, a splinter Maoist group is waging a new campaign of violence.

March 01, 2019

High-Profile Helicopter Crash Draws Attention to Nepal’s Aviation Safety Problems

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
If Kathmandu wants to attract more tourists, it needs to take serious steps to improve its aviation safety record.
December 21, 2018

Nepal Finally Looks Beyond India and China

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
The Oli government is taking long-overdue steps to broaden Nepal's foreign policy horizons.

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