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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 ‘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.

    • The public faith in the constitution and political system in Nepal has eroded drastically in last one year. However, for now, all eyes are set on whether the Supreme Court would validate the President’s May 22 action.

      June 17, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli faces tough challenges as he tries to cobble a majority in the House of Representatives.

      May 21, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Nihar R. Nayak’s article on India Nepal border disputes, titled ‘India-Nepal border disputes: From history to the mystery’ has been published in India Vs Disinformation on May 26, 2020.

      May 26, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Nihar R Nayak’s commentary on India's major conflict theatres, titled ‘INDIA: Assessing Major Conflict Theatres Amid COVID-19 Pandemic’ has been published in the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC) on May 21, 2020.

      May 21, 2020
      IDSA News