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  • Nihar R Nayak

    Research Fellow
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    Dr. Nihar R. Nayak is Research Fellow with MP-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, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Nihar R. Nayak’s article ‘Neighbourly nudge: India-Bangladesh ties in Modi 3.0’ has been published by India News Network on 30 June 2024.

      Bangladesh holds a key position in India’s neighbourhood policy, given the deep historical, linguistic, cultural, political, and economic linkages between the two countries, says Dr Nayak.

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      June 30, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Nihar R Nayak’s article ‘India-Bhutan relations: A partnership marked with deep trust and mutual understanding’ has been published in India Vs Disinformation on 16 March 2024.

      Despite various asymmetries, India and Bhutan acknowledge their dependence on each other and view each other as equal development partners in their efforts towards economic growth, the consolidation of democracy, and regional peace, says Dr Nayak.

      March 16, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Nihar Ranjan Nayak’s article ‘India’s cultural diplomacy: Buddhism and ancient ties’ has been published in India Vs Disinformation on 11 March 2024.

      With India’s diplomatic outreach centered on principles such as global peace, non-violence, and tolerance, New Delhi views Buddhism as a crucial factor in strengthening ties with Southeast Asian nations like Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, says Dr Nayak.

      March 11, 2024
      IDSA News
    • The Himalayan region is renowned as a powerhouse of Asia. Despite its abundant natural resources, youthful population, and strategic location between two rapidly developing Asian economies, the social and economic conditions in the Himalayan region, particularly in Nepal and Bhutan, have remained consistently underdeveloped. Various factors contribute to this, including climate change-induced disasters, political instability, strained bilateral relations between lower and upper riparian countries, and inadequate resource management.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Nihar R. Nayak’s article ‘Sri Lanka: Warning for other SAARC countries’ was published in ‘The Annapurna Express’ on 17 July 2022.

      The July 09 anti-corruption protest has pushed Sri Lanka into political instability and uncertainty, which would aggravate the ongoing economic crisis, says Dr Nayak.

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      July 17, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Nihar R. Nayak’s article ‘China’s new troubles in Nepal’ has been published in ‘The Annarpuran Express’, Kathmandu, on 12 June 2022.

      June 12, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Nihar R. Nayak’s article ‘Nepali PM’s historic India visit’ has been published in the Nepali English daily ‘The Annapurna Express’ on 10 April 2022.

      April 10, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Nihar R. Nayak’s article ‘IPCC report paints bleak picture of the Himalayas’ has been published in the Nepalese daily ‘The Annapurna Express’ on 20 Mach 2022.

      Climate change risks are imminent in the Himalayan region. Both individual states and HKH member countries as a whole have failed to adapt. Except for China and India, other countries that share topography with the Himalayas, struggle to implement resilient and adaptation programs due to insufficient funds and technology, says Dr Nayak.

      March 20, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow Dr. Nihar R. Nayak’s article ‘Can Nepal be a reliable energy provider?’ has been published in ‘The Annarnapurna Express’, Kathmandu, on 05 March 2022.

      Despite its potential of over 40,000MW electricity, Nepal’s energy dependence on other countries has not ended. Although there have been certain improvements in energy production, Nepal needs to devise new energy policies to address existing challenges and to project itself as a reliable and sustainable energy supplier in South Asia, says Dr Nayak.

      March 05, 2022
      IDSA News
    • The two Himalayan states—Nepal and Bhutan—adopted a new political system in 2008. Nepal upgraded the existing multiparty system by excluding the monarchy. Therefore, Nepal had Constituent Assembly elections in May 2008.