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Seminar on Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Prospect of a New World Order and Change in Geopolitics and its Impact on Nepal

August 31, 2022

Pursuant to a decision made by an interaction program held on 28 June 2022 on "Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Prospect of a New World Order and Change in Geopolitics and its Impact on Nepal”, Kathmandu School of Law Policy and Legal Research Center organized a follow-up focused discussion on 30 July 2022 chaired by its Executive President Dr. Govind Prasad Kusum and moderated by its Executive Director Prof. Dr. Yubaraj Sangroula.

The program witnessed remarks delivered by Mr.Lila Mani Poudel, Former Chief Secretary of Government of Nepal; Dr. Madan Kumar Bhattarai, Former Foreign Secretary of the Government of Nepal; Mr. Ravi Raj Thapa, Former Additional Inspector General of Armed Police Force, Nepal; Niranjan Man Singh Basnet, Former Ambassador of Nepal, Mr. Ganesh Adhikari, Former Chief of the National Intelligence Department, and many other esteemed personalities. 

The discussion was second of its kind, focusing on geopolitics of Russia-Ukraine conflict, new developments in world affairs and its possible impact on Nepal. Focusing on the principles of non-alignment, non-interference, sovereignty and territorial integrity, it sought to promote discussion on Nepal’s foreign policy vs. the evident loopholes in its implementation. Focusing on the need of multidisciplinary consultation before responding to the issues which might have greater international and regional implications and repercussion, the program had special discussion on the concept of ‘Trilateralism’ as a future diplomatic tactic of Nepal, with debates surrounding the implications, challenges and opportunities it can bring. Discussion also focused on the possible national power of Nepal that could enhance Nepal's bargaining power in diplomacy and international relation, unraveling the occupation of Ambassadors, the key drivers of foreign policy, by understanding the areas in which foreign relations have been affected by their actions. 

The discussion came to an end by instilling a sense of urgency in having collectivized ideas on identifying fundamental characteristics of Nepal's foreign relation, problems on its implementation and basis of drawing national aspirations for mature and proactive diplomacy based on national interest and dignity of Nepal.