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Nihar R Nayak

Nihar R Nayak is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile.

Pokhara Parleys: Efforts to Connect SAARC

March 22, 2016
Pokhara Parleys: Efforts to Connect SAARC

While India may wait for full cooperation of other member countries to make SAARC a success, it must take the initiative for forging more agreements in matters concerning economic and social cooperation.

Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries: Nepal’s Transit Route Negotiations with India

March 2016

There are multiple levels of relationship between India and Nepal. This article deals exclusively with their bilateral transit relations, focusing on their negotiations in the context of Nepal as a landlocked developing country (LLDC). While LLDCs consider their free access to the nearest seaport through a transit country as a natural right, the transit countries often bargain with them from a position of strength.

Nepal’s pronounced pro-China tilt

January 17, 2016

Associate Fellow, IDSA, Nihar Nayak's article titled "Nepal’s pronounced pro-China tilt" published in The Hindu .

Nepal’s oil diplomacy could hurt India

November 11, 2015

Breaking its four-decade-long record of dependency on India for fossil fuel, Nepal entered into an oil trade agreement with China on October 28. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) and China National United Oil Corporation (PetroChina) in Beijing. While confirming the deal China reportedly indicated that it “could well become a long-term fuel supplier to Nepal”.

Post-Constitution Shivers in Nepal and India’s Response

September 28, 2015
Post-Constitution Shivers in Nepal and India’s Response

The Indian reaction has led to notes of caution by some major countries. China, for instance, has suggested to Nepalese leaders that they should make the Constitution broad based.

BBIN-MVA: Pushing Regional Integration through Sub-regional Cooperation

June 19, 2015
BBIN-MVA: Pushing Regional Integration through Sub-regional Cooperation

The BBIN-MVA would enable seamless sub-regional connectivity, deeper integration on economic issues and people-to-people contact between the four counties.

Controversy over Lipu-Lekh Pass: Is Nepal’s Stance Politically Motivated?

June 09, 2015
Nepal claims that the Lipu-Lekh Pass, which was mentioned in the India-China joint statement of May 15, 2015, is a disputed tri-junction in which Nepal has an equal share.

Nepal claims that the Lipu-Lekh Pass, which was mentioned in the India-China joint statement of May 15, 2015, is a disputed tri-junction in which Nepal has an equal share.

The Nepal Earthquake: Could SAARC have been Effective?

June 02, 2015
The Nepal Earthquake: Could SAARC have been Effective?

In spite of the existence since October 2006 of a SAARC Disaster Management Centre, the Nepal earthquake brought to the fore the difficulties faced by this organization and its failure to rise to the occasion.

Strategic Himalayas: Republican Nepal and External Powers

2014
Strategic Himalayas: Republican Nepal and External Powers

The ten years of Maoist insurgency followed by the political vacuum after the abolition of the monarchy and the delay in the drafting of the Constitution has given credence to the role of external powers in shaping the domestic politics in that country. The book examines the nature of external powers’ role during the political transition in Nepal since 2006. It analyses Nepal’s relations with external powers’ in the framework of ‘small and major powers’.

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