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A Long Way to Go for Gender Equality in Nepali Politics
May 12, 2022

A Long Way to Go for Gender Equality in Nepali Politics

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Nepal has progressive laws and quotas for women’s representation in politics, but patriarchy and gender discrimination run deep and influence the decisions of parties.
Is Nepal Going the Way of Sri Lanka?
April 28, 2022

Is Nepal Going the Way of Sri Lanka?

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Although Nepal’s economic health is worrying, tourism is picking up and foreign remittances are poised to increase.

As Nepal Turns to the Indo-Pacific, China Worries
April 14, 2022

As Nepal Turns to the Indo-Pacific, China Worries

By Shrey Khanna and Aarthi Ratnam
Nepal has shifted more toward India and the United States under the Deuba government, sparking concern from Beijing.

5 Years of Local Governance in Nepal
April 13, 2022

5 Years of Local Governance in Nepal

By Biswas Baral
Nepal is heading into its second round of local elections under its 2015 constitution. How have local governments fared in their inaugural session?

Deuba’s India Visit Arrests Drift in India-Nepal Relations
April 08, 2022

Deuba’s India Visit Arrests Drift in India-Nepal Relations

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The Varanasi leg of the Nepali PM’s visit to India was aimed at taking the wind off the sails of both Hindu nationalists and the main opposition back home.
Did Wang Yi’s Visit Stem the Slide in China-Nepal Relations?
March 30, 2022

Did Wang Yi’s Visit Stem the Slide in China-Nepal Relations?

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The Chinese foreign minister’s visit came less than a month after Kathmandu ratified the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact, despite Beijing’s reservations.

What Lies Behind Prachanda’s Volte-face on Nepal’s Ratification of the Millennium Challenge Compact?
March 17, 2022

What Lies Behind Prachanda’s Volte-face on Nepal’s Ratification of the Millennium Challenge Compact?

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Domestic politics and personal insecurity prompted the former Maoist chief’s decisions to oppose and subsequently support ratification of the agreement.
Nepal Ratified the MCC Compact. What Now?
March 14, 2022

Nepal Ratified the MCC Compact. What Now?

By Biswas Baral
How will the U.S. grant – approved despite a raging controversy – factor into both upcoming elections and Nepal’s diplomatic positioning?

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Lessons for Nepal
February 28, 2022

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Lessons for Nepal

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Ukraine’s fate serves as a reminder to small powers that they must walk a fine line between protecting their sovereignty and showing "strategic empathy" towards the interests of major powers.

Ukraine Invasion Prompts Tepid Response From South Asia
February 26, 2022

Ukraine Invasion Prompts Tepid Response From South Asia

By B. Z. Khasru
Pakistan’s prime minister was in Russia as the invasion began; India and Bangladesh have similarly refrained from criticizing Moscow.

China Steps Up Activity Along Himalayan Borders as Land Border Law Comes Into Effect
February 24, 2022

China Steps Up Activity Along Himalayan Borders as Land Border Law Comes Into Effect

By Liam Gibson
The new law is a tool for Beijing to further expand its sovereignty into its neighbors’ domains.
India-Nepal Territorial Dispute Flares up Again
February 09, 2022

India-Nepal Territorial Dispute Flares up Again

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Indian Prime Minister Modi spoke of a road through disputed Lipulekh with an eye on Hindu votes. It could deepen anti-India nationalism in Nepal.

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