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Nihar R Nayak

Research Fellow
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Joined IDSA

April 2006


Nepal, Bhutan, Left wing extremism/Maoist conflict, Cooperative Security in South Asia


PhD in International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Current Project

Chinese Soft Power Diplomacy in Nepal: A Critical Study


Dr. Nayak has completed PhD in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was Visiting Fellow to PRIO, Oslo, from June 6 to July 7, 2006 and July 2007. He did a special course on Peace Research in International Summer School from Oslo University in 2007. He has been Visiting Faculty to the Center for the Study of Nepal, Faculty of Social Science, Banaras Hindu University in 2011. He has been Guest Faculty to Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie since September 2006.

Select Publications


Strategic Himalayas: Republican Nepal and External Powers, IDSA and Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2014.

Edited Book

Cooperative Security Framework for South Asia, IDSA, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2013. 

Journal Publications (Refereed)

  1. “China’s Engagement with Nepal in 2014,” in Prashant Singh (ed.), China Year Book 2014, Magnum Books Pvt Ltd, Delhi, 2015.
  1. “Mutual Assured Security: India-Nepal Security Cooperation to Mitigate Common Threats”, in S.D. Muni and Vivek Chadha (eds.) Asian Strategic Review 2015: India as a Security Provider, Pentagon Press, 2015.
  2. “UCPN-Maoist’s Two Line Struggle: A Critical Analysis”, Strategic Analysis, Sept-Oct., 2012. 
  3. The Madhesi Movement in Nepal: Implications for India, Strategic Analysis, July 2011.
  4. Indo-Nepal 1950 Peace and Friendship Treaty:  Who is benefiting? Strategic Analysis, July 2010.
  5. “PLA Integration into the Nepal Army: Challenges and Prospects”, Strategic Analysis, Vol. 33 (5), September 2009.
  6. “Major Powers Involvement in Nepal since the 1990s: Implications for India,” Strategic Analysis, Vol 33 (1), January 2009.
  7. “Maoists in Nepal and India: Tactical Alliances and Ideological Differences,” Strategic Analysis, Vol 32 (3), May 2008.
  8. The Maoist Movement in Nepal and Its Tactical Digressions: A Study of Strategic Revolutionary Phases, and Future Implications, Strategic Analysis, Vol 31 (6), November 2007.

Other Publications

  1. “Maoist movement in India: Readjusting to ‘operation green hunt’? Institute for Transnational Studies, Germany, 2015.
  2. “The Nepal Army”, in Vishal Chandra (ed),   India's Neighbourhood: The Armies of South Asia, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2013.
  3. “Maoist Insurgency in Eastern Indian States: Issues and Mobilization”, in Arpita Anant (ed), Non-State Armed Groups in South Asia, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2011.
  4. “International Impact of Conflict in Nepal”, in VR Raghavan (ed), Internal Conflict in Nepal: Transnational Consequences, Vij Books, New Delhi, 2011.
  5. “Nepal 2030”, in A Lele, N. Goswami, Rumel Dahiya, eds, Asia 2030: The Unfolding Future, Lancer, New Delhi, 2010.
  6. Nepal-India Water Cooperation, in “Water Security for India: The External Dynamics”, IDSA Task Force Report, IDSA, New Delhi, 2010.
  7. Democratic Experiment in Bhutan: Challenges and Prospects”, Asian Strategic Review, 2008.
  8. “Post-Election Nepal: Maoist Success and Challenges Ahead”, in Ashok Behuria, ed, India and its Neighbours: Towards a new partnership, IDSA, New Delhi, 2008.
  9. “Political Developments in Nepal,” in Virendra Gupta, S Kumar, Vishal Chandra, eds, India’s Neighborhood Challenges Ahead, IDSA and Rubicon, New Delhi, 2008.
  10. “Naxalism in India: Emerging Issues and Threats,” in National Security Series – 2006,     United Service Institution of India, New Delhi.
  11. “Maoist Movements in Tamil Nadu-State Responses and Management”, Tamil Nadu Police Journal, Vol 02 (1), January-March 2008.
  12. “Maoists in Orissa: Growing Tentacles and a Dormant State”, Faultlines, Vol. 17, 2006.

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