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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 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
    • Venue: Seminar Hall I (Second Floor)

      June 01, 2017
    • China has created a constituency within the Nepal Army during the last few years. Some senior officers of the NA favour deeper military cooperation with China to reap more benefits.

      March 31, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Nihar Nayak’s article on India Nepal relations, titled ‘India-Nepal ties: Will PM Prachanda walk the extra mile for a warmer relationship?’ was published in First Post on September 17, 2016.

      September 17, 2016
      IDSA News
    • China, the US, and some EU countries prefer continuation of the Left alliance in Nepal for their concern over replacing “secularism” with “Hinduism” in the Nepal’s Constitution. Therefore, the EU, which has a reputation of backing human rights and social justice for the marginalised groups, surprisingly keeps silence even when the Janajatis and Madhesis feel that their interests are not accommodated in the new Constitution. Despite facilitating Nepal’s experiment with democracy and its continuing aid for humanitarian causes, India is projected as an overly interfering neighbour.

      May 28, 2016
      IDSA News
    • 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.

      March 22, 2016
      IDSA Comments
    • 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.

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

      January 17, 2016
      IDSA News
    • 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”.

      November 11, 2015
      IDSA News
    • 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.

      September 28, 2015
      IDSA Comments