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Santosh Sharma Poudel

Santosh Sharma Poudel

Santosh Sharma Poudel

Santosh Sharma Poudel is a faculty at the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu and a co-founder of Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe).

Santosh Sharma Poudel is foreign policy analyst and co-founder of Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe). He leads the National Security and Foreign Affairs cluster at NIPoRe. He is also a faculty at Department of International Relations and Diplomacy (DIRD), Tribhuvan Unviersity. He writes on Nepali foreign and security policy and regional order regularly in Nepali newspapers and magazines. Besides Nepal, his areas of interest are South Asian regional order, China’s rise, and security in the Asia-Pacific.

He advises and conducts research for Institute for Foreign Affairs (IFA), a semi-autonomous research institute of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepal.

He received his Bachelors from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan and Master’s from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. He was awarded the ST Engineering Gold Medal at for his excellence at RSIS and Nepal Bidhyabhusan (Kha) from the Government of Nepal.

Posts by Santosh Sharma Poudel
January 27, 2023

Why Aircraft Crash So Often in Nepal

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Airline operators and government agencies rarely comply with safety regulations. Their ties with politicians shield them from scrutiny.

January 16, 2023

Nepal PM’s Foreign Policy Plate is Full

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The new government cannot delay any longer the implementation of BRI projects and its decisions on India's Agnipath scheme.
December 30, 2022

With China’s Help, Nepal Chips Away at Its India-lockedness

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
They have begun a feasibility study to build a railway line linking Kathmandu with Kerung in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

December 27, 2022

Pushpa Kamal Dahal Heads New Government in Nepal

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
His party, which won only 11 percent of the vote, heads a new seven-party coalition of parties that share little other than a lust for power.

November 29, 2022

Nepali Voters Deliver a Fractured Mandate in Parliamentary Elections

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
While the Nepali Congress won the most seats, the CPN-UML surged ahead to win the largest share of votes.

November 18, 2022

Young Candidates Rattle the Old Guard in Nepal’s Elections

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
With young, energetic and independent candidates throwing their hats in the ring, the old and established politicians are having to work harder to impress voters.
November 10, 2022

The Election Manifestos of Nepal’s Parties Run Along Predictable Lines

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Parties remain hooked on the idea of following a "balanced" foreign policy and hyphenating India-China and China-U.S. in the country's foreign relations.

October 25, 2022

Coalitions in the Fray in Nepal’s Elections Are Marriages of Convenience

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Parties share neither ideology nor policy goals with partners; alliances are merely partnerships to win more seats.

October 10, 2022

It’s Election Season in Nepal Again

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Parties have come together in pre-election alliances, but will these alliances hold after the results are announced?

September 27, 2022

SAARC Is Dead. Long Live Subregional Cooperation

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
India-Pakistan rivalry and India’s isolation of Pakistan contributed to the death of the South Asian regional organization. But India is keen on working with its other neighbors.

September 14, 2022

Implications of India’s Agnipath Scheme for Recruitment of Soldiers for Nepal’s Gurkhas

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Despite the scheme having major implications for Nepal and Nepal-India relations, India hardly consulted Kathmandu while devising the plan.
August 25, 2022

Nepal’s Ad Hoc Policies Toward China

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Nepal's foreign policy establishment needs to reach a consensus on what constitutes actions against the interest of its neighbors.

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