Nepal: An Incomplete Peace

A description of the agonisingly slow peace process in Nepal as the Maoists wrestle with the unfamiliar demands of parliamentary democracy and they and the competing political parties try to build upon the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed in November 2006. But the promised constitution has yet to be promulgated. So where did things go off track? Perhaps at the 2008 elections, from which the Maoists emerged as the party with the most seats in the new Constituent Assembly, but also because of the complete impasse in integrating the Maoist fighters into the Nepalese Army. And then there is the lack of progress on human rights/ national reconciliation. Securing effective economic development is the key to Nepal’s problems. This is a challenge for India and China, as well as for the rest of the international donor community. But above all it is a challenge for Nepal’s politicians.

5 NOV

UPCOMING EVENT

In-the Library Talk: Soviet nomads searching for a new identity in the countries of Central Asia region.

Where: This is an 'In-the-Library' talk to be held at the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, 1st Floor, 25 Eccleston Place, London SW1W 9NF at 6.30pm. Cash bar and nibbles are available from 6pm. Space is limited to 30 attendees, so early prior booking by telephone is essential (020 7235 5122) to avoid disappointment. Attendees who turn up without confirmed bookings may regretfully be turned away.

Tickets: Free

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