Nepal’s Foreign Policy Priorities: Regional and Indo-Pacific Perspectives

Flanked by India and China, Nepal's location has historically required the nation of 29 million to find a strategic middle ground between its two giant neighbours. Hear from Dr Pramod Jaiswal about the latest developments in Nepal's role in regional politics and its relationship with New Zealand. Dr Jaiswal is the research director at the Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement.

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What are Nepal’s foreign policy priorities in the current geo-political climate? How is Nepal balancing major power relations, particularly with its two big neighbours India and China - as well as neighbouring smaller states? Looking further afield, what is Nepal’s take on the regional concept of the Indo-Pacific and Quad security partnership between the US, Australia, India and Japan?

These questions and more were put to Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement research director Dr Pramod Jaiswal by the Foundation's director research and engagement Suzannah Jessep at an online discussion on 3 November 2021.

Dr Jaiswal has had a long and distinguished career across many universities and think tanks in Nepal, the USA, China and India. He holds a Masters, M. Phil and PhD from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dr Jasiwal has authored, edited and co-edited dozens of books on China and South Asian affairs and serves on the editorial boards of various academic journals.