The Art of Survival: Policy Choices for Nepal


  • Dev Raj Dahal Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Kathmandu



geopolitics, national interests, adaptation, sovereignty, nation-state, human rights


The tendency to change foreign policy tilt with every change in government has posed difficulty for Nepal to maintain internal cohesion and external adaptation. Now the nation is suffering from ceaseless spasms of political instability because many of its state-bearing institutions are broken and new are not yet invented to glue the nation’s diverse society and get viable traction to balance neighborhood geopolitics and become relevant to international community. In this context, Nepal now needs a regime that fosters centripetal tendencies of domestic forces for a cohesive and coherent foreign and security policy strategy to survive and prosper in a world dominated by protagonist giants and devise material, institutional and symbolic bases of the nation to scramble safe future.


Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 5, 2011: 31-48



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Author Biography

Dev Raj Dahal, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Kathmandu

Dahal, Dev Raj is Head of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Nepal office. Formerly he was Associate Professor of Political Science at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is the author of Decentralization and Development: An Exercise Towards the Devolution of Power in Nepal (Kathmandu: NEFAS, 1994); Challenges to Good Governance: Decentralization in Nepal (Kathmandu: GDS, 1996); State, Society and Development Nepal (Kathmandu: IIDS, 1998); Civil Society in Nepal: Opening the Ground for Questions (Kathmandu: CDG, 2001); Nepal: Supporting Peace Process Through a Systemic Approach, Berghof Foundation for Peace Support, Berlin: 2005; United Nations Development Program, Civil Society Groups in Nepal: Their Roles in Conflict and Peace-building, (UNDP), April 20, 2006; Reflection on Leviathan: State and Governance in Nepal, Heidelberg University, 2011; Ethnic Federalism in Nepal:Challenges and Opportunities, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 13, No.1, 2012 (co-author) .




How to Cite

Dahal, D. R. (2012). The Art of Survival: Policy Choices for Nepal. Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 5, 31–48.