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  • Nihar R Nayak

    Research Fellow
    Email: 
    nayak.nihar@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983 Extn 7338

    Dr. Nihar R. Nayak is Research Fellow with IDSA, New Delhi. His areas of expertise are: political transition in the eastern Himalayan region, non-traditional security, soft power diplomacy, left wing extremism, and cooperative security in South Asia. Dr. Nayak has a Ph.D in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Visiting Fellow to the Peace Research Institute Oslo in June 2006 and 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 Centre for the Study of Nepal, Faculty of Social Sciences, Banaras Hindu University since 2011. He was Guest Faculty at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie from 2006 to 2011. He has both national and international publications to his credit including the book Strategic Himalayas: Republican Nepal and External Powers.

    Dr. Nayak’s current research project is “Impact of Climate Change in the Himalayan Region: Security Implications for India”. 

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    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Nihar R. Nayak’s commentary on Bhutanese Foreign Minister Lyonpo (Dr.) Tandi Dorji’s visit to India, titled ‘India-Bhutan Ties Set for Further Growth’ has been published by All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on November 19, 2019.

      The Bhutanese Minister’s week-long visit has set a new benchmark for the bilateral ties, writes Dr. Nayak.

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      November 19, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Nihar R. Nayak’s commentary on Sri Lanka’s eighth presidential elections, titled ‘SRI LANKA: Presidential elections: Will minorities become kingmakers?' has been published by Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC), New Delhi, on November 11, 2019.

      As Sri Lanka is gearing towards the eighth presidential elections, national security, foreign policy and foreign investments in infrastructure projects and minority issues are once again dominating the political discourse in the country, writes Dr. Nayak.

      November 11, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Nihar R. Nayak’s article on Chinese Premier Xi Jinping’s Nepal trip, titled ‘Xi Jinping Ko Nepal Bhraman: Indo-Pacific Birudh Himali Niti’ has been published by Nepal News on October 18, 2019.

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      October 18, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Nihar R. Nayak’s commentary on ‘AFGHANISTAN: Elusive Dialogue: Peace Talks That Never Took Off’ has been published by South Asia Conflict Monitor (monthly online newsletter), Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict, on October 5, 2019.

      October 05, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Nihar R. Nayak’s commentary on ‘Kashmir Conundrum: Pakistan’s Obsessions and India’s Challenges’ has been published by the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict, on September 13, 2019.

      September 13, 2019
      IDSA News
    • 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
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