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  • Nihar R Nayak

    Research Fellow
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    Dr. Nihar R. Nayak is Research Fellow with IDSA, New Delhi. His areas of expertise are: political transition in the eastern Himalayan region, soft power diplomacy, left wing extremism, and cooperative security in South Asia. Dr. Nayak has a PhD in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was Visiting Fellow to the Peace Research Institute Oslo in June 2006 and in July 2007. He did a special course on Peace Research at the International Summer School of Oslo University in 2007. He has been Visiting Faculty at the Center for the Study of Nepal, Faculty of Social Science, Banaras Hindu University in 2011. He has been Guest Faculty at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie since September 2006. Dr. Nayak has both national and international publications including the book Strategic Himalayas: Republican Nepal and External Powers.

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    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Nihar R. Nayak’s article on Nepal’s BRI Policy, titled ‘Nepal-China BRI Conundrum’ has been published by the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA), a foreign policy think-tank in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 29, 2019.

      May 29, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Nihar R. Nayak’s article on New Modi Government’s foreign policy and Nepal was published in ‘Nepal News’ on May 29, 2019.

      Dr Nayak writes that the foreign policy of NDA-II on neighborhood will be broadly guided by ‘neighbourhood first policy’ and ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikash Sabka Vikaas’, to win the confidence of smaller countries to a newer height. The new government will continue its policy of South Asia as shared zone of prosperity, which synchronizes with Nepali PM’s vision of ‘Samriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepal’.

      May 29, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Nihar Nayak’s Article on Bhutan’s BRI Policy, titled ‘Bhutan Says No to BRI’ was published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on April 20, 2019.

      Bhutan’s decision on BRI indicates that there is a coincidence of views between India and Bhutan over this issue. It also suggests that there has been no major change in Bhutan’s foreign policy under the new government in Thimphu, writes Dr Nayak.

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      April 20, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Voters in Bhutan have shown their political maturity by bringing in a new government, which is an indicator of growing awareness about their rights and their role in holding governments to account.

      November 12, 2018
      Issue Brief
    • Nepal’s quest for an alternate transit country with a view to reducing its dependence on India succeeded with the finalisation of the text for the Protocol of Transit Transport Agreement with China on September 7, 2018.

      September 27, 2018
      Issue Brief
    • The purposes of the visit have been achieved and a new phase of relationship has begun with India acknowledging Nepal as an ‘equal partner’.

      April 11, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Nihar Nayak’s article on Bangladesh’s former Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia’s conviction, titled ‘Khaleda Zia’s Conviction Will Only Add to Bangladesh’s Internal Political Chaos’ was published in ‘The Wire’ on February 16, 2018. The article analyses how the verdict may push the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party into further crisis, clearing the way for the Awami League to form government in Dhaka again.

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      February 16, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow IDSA, Dr Nihar Nayak’s article on the opening of Bhutan’s second consulate office in India, titled ‘India's New Gateway to Bhutan’ was published in ‘The Diplomat’ on February 8, 2018.

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      February 08, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Nihar Nayak’s commentary on Nepal elections, titled ‘What Nepal’s Elections Say About its Foreign Policy’ was published in South Asian Voices on December 12, 2017.

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      December 12, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Nihar R Nayak’s paper entitled ‘From barter to Dollar: Revival of SSR in Central Himalayas and its implications,’ was published in the book ‘Unfolding Central Himalaya: The Cradle of Culture’, edited by B.K. Joshi and Maheshwar P. Joshi.

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      July 17, 2017
      IDSA News