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Economic Crisis Forces Sri Lanka to Shed Fears and Move Closer to US, Middle East
July 06, 2022

Economic Crisis Forces Sri Lanka to Shed Fears and Move Closer to US, Middle East

By P.K. Balachandran
Sri Lanka has accepted a USAID project to promote “productive democratic governance” and is seeking fuel on credit from Middle East.

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.
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?

Nepal’s MCC Debate Reflects Flaws in Its Decision-Making
February 18, 2022

Nepal’s MCC Debate Reflects Flaws in Its Decision-Making

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The debate over the aid project is not about its contents but about American intentions, the integrity of Nepali leaders, and domestic cost-benefit analysis.

Nepal’s Fierce MCC Debate
February 08, 2022

Nepal’s Fierce MCC Debate

By Biswas Baral
How did a grant from the United States turn into a years-long political battle in Kathmandu?

Should Nepal Ratify the MCC Nepal Compact?
October 11, 2021

Should Nepal Ratify the MCC Nepal Compact?

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
A U.S. grant of $500 million would give the fund-starved Nepali economy a shot in the arm.
Can Pompeo’s Visit to Sri Lanka Offset China’s Influence?
October 31, 2020

Can Pompeo’s Visit to Sri Lanka Offset China’s Influence?

By Patrick Mendis and Dominique Reichenbach
The U.S. secretary of state had little success in swaying the Rajapaksa administration away from its pro-China bent.

The Missing Piece of Nepal’s MCC Debate
May 01, 2020

The Missing Piece of Nepal’s MCC Debate

By Anirudha Nagar
Addressing the concerns of local communities is key to Nepal’s $500 million question.

Can Nepal’s Communist Party Survive Closer Ties With the US?
February 25, 2020

Can Nepal’s Communist Party Survive Closer Ties With the US?

By Kripendra Amatya
The MCC agreement is the latest example of serious divisions over foreign policy in the top echelons of Nepal’s ruling party.

The MCC and Nepal’s Strategic Ties With the US
February 19, 2020

The MCC and Nepal’s Strategic Ties With the US

By Kripendra Amatya
Rumors of a secret military conspiracy are absurd, but there are real concerns about the pact's implications for Nepali sovereignty.
The Indo-Pacific Vs. the Belt and Road: Nepal’s Great MCC Debate
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.

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