Director Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey spoke at the workshop ‘Nuclear Disarmament, Safety and Stability’ held at Kalutara, Sri Lanka organized by the RCSS on Sep. 22, 2014 and on the 18th SAARC Summit organized by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, Colombo on Sep. 24th.
A panel discussion on the above theme was held in Kathmandu on Nov. 23, 2014 with participation from COSATT member and prominent think-tanks from all the 8 member states. It was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey of Nepal. On the occasion, CSAS-COSATT book “Realizing the Vision of a South Asian Union” was also launched.
Eminent Indian scholar C. Raja Mohan spoke on the above theme at a CSAS organized talk program in Kathmandu on July 22, 2014. Ambassador of India to Nepal H.E. Ranjit Rae chaired the program while former ministers, diplomats, a large number of academics, students, media-persons attended the program.
CSAS in cooperation with the KAS held the above conference on July 15-16, 2014 in Kathmandu which was inaugurated by Foreign Minister of Nepal Mahendra Bahadur Pandey. SAARC SG Arjun Bahadur Thapa, former ASEAN SG Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Maj. Gen. (retd.) Dipankar Banerjee and Dr. Wilhelm Hofmeister of the KAS spoke at the inaugural. Heads of think-tanks of all SAARC countries participated in the event. Foreign Secretary Shankar Bairagi launched the CSAS-KAS book "Afghanistan in SAARC: Towards Deeper Engagement" on the occasion.
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Director Pandey spoke at the joint NESA-Hoover workshop on 'Challenge of Governing Over Diversity in an Age of Transparency' held at the Stanford University, Palo Alto on April 28-May 1, 2014. Former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Secretary of Defense William Perry were the main speakers.
A meeting of Consortium of South Asian Think-Tanks (COSATT) with the above theme was held in Singapore on April 11-13, 2014. Heads of think-tanks from SAARC countries along with former SG of SAARC Ahmed Saleem and former SG of ASEAN Rodolfo Severino presented their views at the meeting. The COSATT project is supported by the KAS.
CSAS in cooperation with the Political Dialogue-Asia Programme of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Singapore) organized an international policy conference on "Food Security in the Context or Climate Change" on March 20, 2014 in Kathmandu. Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Nepal Government Jay Mukunda Khanal, Ms. Genoveva Hernandez Uriz, DCM of the EU Delegation in Nepal, Mr. Jammie McGoldrick, UNDP Resident Representative and Dr. Wilheim Hofmeister of the KAS (Singapore) spoke at the inaugural. The conference was participated by 28 participants from Europe, Southeast and South Asia.
CSAS in cooperation with the Rule of Law Programme of the KAS, Singapore organized a talk on the above theme by Prof. Ulrich Karpen, former member of the state parliament of Hamburg on March 11, 2014. Judge Marc Spitzkatz of the KAS, former home minister of Nepal Hon'ble Bhim Rawal, Prof. Bishwambher Pyakuryal and Senior Advocate Bishwa Kant Mainali spoke at the function.
A regional conference was organized by CSAS and CRRID-Chandigarh on the above theme on Feb. 15-16, 2014 in Kathmandu. Rt. Hon'ble Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Hon'ble Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Indian Parliament were guests of honour. A large number of participants from the SAARC region attended the event.
CSAS organized a talk program on 'EU-SAARC Relations: Towards Deeper Partnership' in Kathmandu on Jan. 8, 2014. EU envoy to Nepal Amb. Rensje Teerink, Gen. Dipankar Banerjee, Mentor of IPCS, Delhi, Ramesh Nath
Pandey, former foreign minister, Ibrahim Zuhuree, Director, SAARC
Secretariat, Saloni Singh, chairperson of Didi Bahini and Dr. Nishchal N.
Pandey spoke on the occasion.
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CSAS Director Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey was interviewed in various international media on Nepal's second constituent assembly elections. Click the web-links (below).
Financial Times, London
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The Wall Street Journal
The Indian Express
Voice of America
Director Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey was visiting fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), a leading German think-tank in Berlin for Sep.-Oct., 2013. He also spoke at several seminars at South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University on ‘South Asia & Europe: Interaction on Regional Integration’ and at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, head office in Berlin on ‘Political Developments & Regional Cooperation in South Asia’. He was also a member of the KAS-COSATT delegation to Brussels where he spoke on ‘Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in South Asia’ organized by KAS-Brussels & South Asia Democratic Forum.
CSAS in partnership with the KAS organized the Adenauer Forum on "Sub-regional cooperation and Trade Facilitation between Nepal-India-Bangladesh" on July 9, 2013 in Kathmandu. Prof. Nisha Taneja, Fellow at ICREAR, Delhi, Gen. ANM Muniruzzaman, President of BIPSS, Dhaka and former commerce secretary of Nepal government Purushottam Ojha spoke on the occasion.
CSAS-KAS organized a regional conference on the above theme in Kathmandu on May 14-15, 2013. It was participated by Amb. Salman Haidar (India), Amb. Aslam Rizvi (Pakistan), Dr. Faramarz Tamanna, of the Foreign Ministry, Kabul among a host of senior diplomats, academics and strategic analysts from the region.
Director Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey participated in the International Security Forum in Geneva on April 21-26, 2013. He also participated in the annual network director's meeting convened by the NESA Center of the National Defence University of the United States held in Geneva.
Editor of Kantipur daily Sudheer Sharma and Editor of The Kathmandu Post Akhilesh Upadhaya launched the CSAS-KAS book on Nepal's National Interests-II at a function held on April 18, 2013. Prof. Jaya Raj Acharya, Dr. Shambhu Ram Simkhada, Mr. Tomislav Delinic also spoke at the function.
The book is co-edited by Nishchal N. Pandey and Tomislav Delinic.
CSAS and the Rule of Law Program-KAS organized a talk on the above subject on April 17, 2013. Judge Marc Spitzkatz, of the Berlin Court was a guest speaker. Mr. Henning Hansen, DCM of the German Embassy, Khim Lal Devkota of the UCPN(Maoist) party, President's Advisor Lalit Basnet, Advocate Sajjan Bar Singh Thapa also spoke in the program.
A joint publication of the CSAS, Kathmandu and CSA, Chennai entitled “Federalism in Nepal: Lessons from the Indian Experience” was released at a function by Ambassador of India to Nepal H.E. Jayant Prasad on March 24, 2013. Eminent Industrialist Binod Kumar Chaudhary, Dr. Shambhu Ram Simkhada and Prof. Bishwambher Pyakuryal spoke at the release function.
An international conference on "BIMST-EC: What is achieved and Where to go?"
was organized in Kolkata on March 12-13, 2013 by the Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD) and Institute of Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS). Director of CSAS Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey gave a presentation at the conference. Delegates from all BIMST-EC member states had participated in the two-day event.
German Ambassador to Nepal Frank Meyke launched the book of the above title at a function held on Jan. 23, 2013. The book co-edited by T. Delinic and NN Pandey has papers by well known authors from SAARC countries is one of a kind as it discusses disaster management from a regional perspective. Dr. Damodar Pokharel, Dr. Mandira Shrestha and Dr. Jan Sharma also spoke at the book launch function.
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Director of CSAS Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey gave a presentation at the above Summit organized by NESA Center in Bangkok on Nov. 3-9, 2012. CSAS also participated in the forum “The Challenges of Water and Energy Security in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region” also organized by the NESA Center.
Director of CSAS Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey presented a paper at the conference on “Border in International Relations: Barriers, Buffers, Breaches, Bridges and Bazaars” organized by the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies on Oct. 10-11, 2012. It was held at the historic Rastrapati Niwas in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
SAARC Secretary General Ahmed Saleem launched two books “SAARC: Towards Meaningful Cooperation” and “Towards a More Cooperative South Asia” published by CSAS and KAS on Sep. 6, 2012. Co-editors of the books are Tomislav Delinic and Nishchal N. Pandey. On the occasion, Prof. C. Raja Mohan, Prof. Delwar Hossain and Prof. M.P. Lohani spoke on various aspects of regional cooperation in South Asia.
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Director Nishchal N. Pandey participated in the above Forum organized by the Gulf Research Council and the Italian Navy Staff College in Venice on May 27-31, 2012. He also participated in the Director′s meeting organized by the NESA Center in Venice.
Centre for Asian Transnational Threat Research (CATR) held an international symposium in Bangkok on April 30- May 2, 2012 on the above theme. Director Pandey presented a paper at the event. CSAS is a member of the CATR network.
Director Nishchal N. Pandey participated in the above conference held at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo from May 3-4, 2012
CSAS was represented by Pradeep Raj Pandey and Dr. Jan Sharma in the Governance and Economic Integration working group meetings hosted by NESA Center, National Defense University of the U.S. It was held in Colombo from March 11-13, 2012.
In cooperation with the KAS, CSAS organized a regional conference on the above theme on March 12-13, 2012 in Kathmandu. Vice-President Parmananda Jha inaugurated the conference which was attended by Maj. Gen. (retd.) Dipankar Banerjee, Ambassador Meera Shankar and Maj. Gen. (retd.) Ramesh Chopra from India, Amb. Shamshad Ahmad, Prof. Arshi Saleem Hashmi from Pakistan, Ms. Mariam Safi (Afghanistan), Amb. Nihal Rodrigo (Sri Lanka) and Faiz Sobhan (Bangladesh). Tomislav Delinic, Head of the regional program (SAARC) and Marcel Schepp of the KAS also participated along with a large number of Nepali academics and policy makers.
India's National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon released a new book with the above title at a program organized by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in cooperation with the KAS in Delhi on March 2. The Nepal chapter in the volume is authored by Mr. Nishchal N. Pandey.
In cooperation with the KAS, a regional conference on 'Environmental Issues: Water and Disaster Management' was held at the Yak & Yeti hotel. Secretary of the Ministry of Environment of Nepal Mr. Krishna Gyawali was the chief guest. Participants from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan presented papers.
CSAS in cooperation with the KAS, organized a regional conference on the above theme at Hotel Soaltee on Nov. 6-8, 2011. Former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal inaugurated the conference. Dr. Friedbert Pfluger, former deputy minister of Defense of Germany was a guest of honor. Participants from SAARC countries presented papers. CSAS will soon be publishing a book as proceedings of the conference.
CSAS in cooperation with RCSS, Colombo and GPPAC (The Netherlands) organized a 2-day international conference on the above theme on Oct. 23-24, 2011. SAARC Secretary General Uz. Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed inaugurated the conference. Amb. Nihal Rodrigo, Amb. Veena Sikri, representatives of ASEAN and the EU and more than a dozen South Asian and 40 Nepali delegates participated in the meet which was widely covered by the media.
CSAS organized a talk program on "U.S. Policy Towards South Asia" on Oct. 12, 2011 in Kathmandu. Prof. Robert K. Boggs, of the NESA Center, National Defense University of Washington D.C. along with John Wood, faculty member of the NESA Center and Col. Daniel E. Curfiss, Associate Professor at NESA spoke on the occasion. It was participated by a large number of NESA Center alumni based in Kathmandu.
President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav received the newly published book "Nepal's National Interests: Foreign Policy, Internal Security, Federalism and Energy-Economy" at a function held at the President's House on Aug. 4, 2011.
The book comprises of papers presented at 4 NNIP conferences in the last 2 years.
The GPPAC Regional Secretariat for South Asia is pleased to announce the launch of the GPPAC South Asia website. The website is hosted on the Peace Portal and offers information about the regional network's work in the fields of peacebuilding and conflict transformation, activities of its members, and other regional developments. It is also envisioned that the website will strengthen the connectivity between the civil society organizations working in the region. The GPPAC South Asia website was created with the support of the GPPAC Peace Portal and is maintained by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), which is the Regional Secretariat for GPPAC South Asia. You can visit GPPAC South Asia at http://www.peaceportal.org/web/gppac-south-asia/home
A meeting was held on Water Security from April 10-12, 2011 in Muscat, Oman organized by the Near-East and South Asia Center (NESA) of the National Defense University of Washington D.C. and Middle-east Desalination Research Center, Oman. Mr. Kumar P. Lohani, former Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning of Nepal government participated in the meeting representing the CSAS.
CSAS in cooperation with UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament for Asia and the Pacific, UN Quaker Office, Geneva and Women for Peace and Democracy organized a one-day seminar on 'Armed Violence Reduction and Prevention in South and Southeast Asia' at the Hotel Himalaya, Kathmandu on march 15, 2011.
CSAS in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organized a one day conference on 'Maintaining Internal Security and Nepal's National Interests' on Jan. 21, 2011 in Kathmandu. Lt. Gen (retd.) Sadip Bahadur Shah, AIGP (retd.) Rabi Raj Thapa, SSP (retd.) Dr. Chuda Bahadur Shrestha and Dr. Jan Sharma presented papers on various aspects of the topic. Mr. Henning Hansen, DCM of the German Embassy in Kathmandu delivered the keynote address. Mr. Tomislav Delinic, Head of KAS Regional Program (SAARC) also spoke on the occasion.
Director of CSAS Nishchal N. Pandey was invited to the Rome conference on 'Reintegration, Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Afghanistan' from Feb. 9-11, 2011. It was organized by the Regional Network of Strategic Study Centers (RNSSC) under the National Defense University of Washington D.C. Various options for the security, stability and economic reconstruction of Afghanistan was explored during the meeting.
In cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, CSAS organized the NNIP-5 on 'Challenges to Secularism in Nepal' at Hotel Shangri-La, Kathmandu on April 1, 2011. Prof. Rabindra Khanal of the Tribhuvan University, Prakash Rimal of The Himalayan Times, Amish Raj Mulmi of The Kathmandu Post, Monika Timsina, Lecturer of the Padma Kanya Campus and Nishchal N. Pandey of the CSAS presented 5 insightful papers. CSAS will soon be bringing out a policy paper on the conference.
Director of CSAS Nishchal N. Pandey presented a paper at a seminar hosted by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on 'Common Grounds: Ways to Regional Cooperation in South Asia' at Berlin Schwanenwerder. He interacted with a number of M.Ps of the CDU party, senior officials of the KAS, German Federal Foreign office, European Commission, NATO headquarters and various Institutes in Berlin and Brussels. The visit as part of the Consortium of South Asian Think-Tanks and consisted of Director's of think-tanks from SAARC countries and was organized by the KAS Regional Program-SAARC.
The classic book of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Madanjeet Singh - ‘Himalayan Art’ which has been reviewed by hundreds of authors and media persons worldwide is for display and distribution in Kathmandu. The book for the first time took the ancient temples, monasteries, art and artifacts of Nepal to the outside world which helped the tourism industry of Nepal during the nascent stage of Nepal’s development in the 60s. If you would like to have a copy of the book contact Mr. Nishchal N. Pandey at firstname.lastname@example.org
In cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, CSAS organized a one-day conference on 'Energy Security, Reviving the Economy and Nepal's National Interests' on July 26, 2010 at Hotel Annapurna, Kathmandu. President of the FNCCI Mr. Kush Kumar Joshi gave the keynote statement. 5 papers were presented on the occasion by Mr. Madhukar SJB Rana (former Finance Minister), Mr. Dipak Gyawali (former Water Resources Minister), Mr. Suman Neupane (General Manage Sunrise Bank Ltd.), Dr. Riddhi Bir Singh (Centre for Energy Studies, T.U.) and Prof. Subhanil Chowdhury of the Kolkata University. Prof. Chowdhury had read out a paper by Prof. Nisha Taneja of the ICREAR, New Delhi on Indo-Nepal Trade issues.
Dr. Beatrice Gorawantschy, Head of the KAS for India and SAARC thanked the CSAS Director Mr. Pandey and the whole team for the successful holding of the conference.
CSAS in cooperation with the KAS organized the 4th series of the conference on Nepal's National Interests on Nov. 22, 2010 in Kathmandu. 5 former foreign ministers spoke on 'Nepal's Foreign policy: The Way Ahead' at the conference. This was the first time that 5 former foreign ministers spoke on critical aspects of Nepal's international relations exercise from a single platform. Dr. Prakash Chandra Lohani on Nepal-US Relations, Hon'ble Upendra Yadav on Indo-Nepal relations, Ramesh Nath Pandey on China and Japan and Nepal's Core Interests, Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat on Nepal's Relations with the EU and Shailendra Kumar Upadhaya on Nepal and the UN. German Ambassador to Nepal H.E. Verena Grafin von Roedern also spoke on the occasion. Director of CSAS Nishchal N. Pandey and Director of Regional Program (SAARC) Tomislav Delinic highlighted the objectives of the conference. Please see CSAS-KAS Policy Papers to see the proceedings.
The Centre for South Asian Studies hosted a meeting of think-tanks from 13 different countries in Kathmandu on Feb. 24-26, 2010. Sponsored by the NESA Center, National Defense University, Washington D.C. the participants of the 2-day Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centers (RNSSC) discussed Re-integration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation in Afghanistan and Civil Military Relations. CSAS hosted a dinner at the Hotel Shangri-La for all the delegates. Ambassador (retd.) Michael Lemmon, Director of the RNSSC at the NESA Center thanked the CSAS for the hospitality.
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The CSAS in cooperation with the Sri Lanka based Regional Centre for strategic Studies and The Netherlands based Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict organized a 2-day regional roundtable on 'Promoting People to People Interaction Through SAARC' at the Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu on July 15-16, 2010. Mr. Kunda Dixit, Editor of the Nepali Times gave the keynote address. Mr. Darynell Rodriguez, Nishchal N. Pandey and Prof. Amal Jayawardane from the GPPAC, CSAS and the RCSS spoke at the inaugural session. Participants included Brig. Shahedul Anam Khan (Bangladesh), Prof. Nighat Khan (Pakistan), Dr. Paula Banerjee (India), Ms. Gayathri Nannayakara (Sri Lanka), along with Ambassadors Prof. Mohan P. Lohani, Dr. Bishnu Hari Nepal and Dr. Shambhu Ram Simkhada, Mr. Arjun Karki, Mr. Chiran J. Thapa and Ms. Saloni Singh from Nepal. Participants also had interactive discussions at the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament for the Asia and the Pacific and at the SAARC Secretariat.
Director of CSAS Nishchal N. Pandey participated in a 2-day planning conference held in Singapore on 'Developing a Framework for Regional Cooperation in Southern Asia' organized by the New Delhi based Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS). It was held from Oct. 8-9, 2009. The IPCS is headed by Maj. Gen. (retd.) Dipankar Banerjee. Pandey is authoring a paper for the study project.
Director of CSAS Nishchal N. Pandey participated in the prestigious Global Strategic Review conducted by the London based IISS in Geneva on Sep. 2009. Simultaneously, Director's meeting of strategic study centers (which the CSAS is also a part of) was organized by the NESA Center, National Defense University, Washington D.C.
Convened by the Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) of the National Defense University, Washington D.C., Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) participated in a two-day meeting on Water Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Border Security held in Rabat, Morocco. Lt. Gen (retd.) Victory Rana and Mr. Kumar Prasad Lohani, Former Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning of the Nepal government participated in the meetings on behalf of the CSAS.
Consortium of South Asian Think-tanks organized by Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi and supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in cooperation with the BIISS held a regional conference on 'Countering Terrorism: Building a Common Approach in SAARC' in Dhaka on April 12-13, 2010. Director of CSAS Nishchal N. Pandey and Former Ambassador to United Nations in conduct of international relations. CSAS is also involved in research, dissemination and deliberation on Nepal's current peace process and constitution drafting with several programs on federalism and integration. In partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political foundation, CSAS has been implementing 'Nepal's National Interests' project for the year 2010.
The second Annual General Meeting of the Association for Security Sector Education and Training (ASSET) took place from 2-3 March 2010 in Manila, the Philippines. Co-organized by DCAF/ISSAT and the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS), Manilla, the CSAS was welcomed as a member of the Association. Director Pandey also spoke on Security Sector Governance in Nepal during the meet.
Director of CSAS Nishchal N. Pandey participated in the regional conference on 'South Asia 2020: Moving Towards Cooperation or Conflict" organized by Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi on Nov. 4-5, 2009. Foreign Secretary of India Ms. Nirupama Rao had delivered the keynote address. Pandey also presented a paper in the conference.
Director Pandey participated and presented a country paper on 'Re-structuring of SAARC' at a regional conference organized by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Germany and the Program on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Department of International Relations, University
of Karachi on March 30-31, 2010. Delegates from SAARC countries, and a large number of students and faculty deliberated on the topic.
A regional seminar was organized by Bangladesh International Institute of Strategic Studies (BIISS) and Saferworld on 'Peace and Security in South Asia: Issues and Priorities for Regional Cooperation on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control' in Dhaka. Director Pandey presented a paper on 'Challenges and measures to address in post conflict countries' at the meet.
Director of CSAS Nishchal N. Pandey participated in the prestigious Global Strategic Review (GSR) conducted annually by International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) from Sep. 11-13, 2009. It was attended by over 250 senior government officials, academics and foreign policy experts from around the world. The keynote address was delivered by Former U.S. National Security Advisor Dr. Zbignieww Brzezinski. The GSR reviewed the current international situation especially in the middle-east, Afghanistan and Iraq and deliberated on the evolving balance of power in Asia.
CSAS organized a 'Regional Workshop and Training on Security Sector Transformation' at the Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu on May 12-14, 2009. It was organized in cooperation with the Association for Security Sector Education and Training (ASSET), Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo, International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) and Global Facilitation Network for SSR (GN/SSR) of the University of Birmingham, UK. More than 30 delegates from South Asia and Southeast Asia participated in the workshop.
Director Nishchal N. Pandey presented a paper at an international conference on 'Lifting the fog of Law: Managing Political Violence in the Near East and South Asia' organized by NESA Center, National Defense University, Washington D.C. on July 8-9, 2009.
Director Pandey gave a talk at the Hudson Institute , Washington D.C. on 'Nepal: The Rising Religious Intolerance and Communal Divide' on July 10, 2009. Director Nina Shea on behalf of the Hudson Institute presided over the program. Likewise, a talk on Nepal situation was delivered by Pandey at the 'Center on International Cooperation' in New York on July 13, 2009.
Director Nishchal N. Pandey gave a talk on the Role of Political Culture and the Current Situation in Nepal at the prestigious Royal United Service institute (RUSI), Whitehall, London on Asug. 13, 2009. It was co-organized by the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis, London. Director of RUSI Prof. Michael Clarke and Director of CFPA Dr. Paul Moorcraft were present on the occasion.
The CSAS hosted a visit of Member of European Parliament Klaus-Heiner Lehne and Member of German Parliament Dr. Joachim Pfeiffer on Oct. 6, 2008 in Kathmandu. The visit was organized in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The delegation called on the current Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, the then Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', the then Finance Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Chairman of the CPN (UML) party Jhal Nath Khanal. The CSAS also organized a talk program by the visiting German M.Ps at the Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu.
The CSAS hosted a visit of a delegation of Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) led by its President Prof. Yang Jiemian on Jan. 28-31, 2009. The delegation called on the then Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', current Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Former Prime Ministers Girija Prasad Koirala and Sher Bahadur Deuba. Director of CSAS Pandey was present on all occasions. The CSAS also hosted a luncheon in honor of the delegation at Hotel Shangri-La which was attended by the then Minister for Information and Communications Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Former Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey, Former Minister Buddhi Man Tamang, Former Ambassadors Dr. Shambhu Ram Simkhada, Prof. Dr. Mohan Prasad Lohani among others.
Director of CSAS Nishchal N. Pandey participated in a 2-day workshop held in Bangkok on 'Civil Society Perspectives on Conflict and Peace in South and Southeast Asia' organized jointly by RCSS (Colombo) and Research Center for Peacebuilding at the Mahidol university (Thailand) on Jan. 23-25, 2009.
Director Pandey was research fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the Hull University, UK from Aug. 13- Sep. 4, 2009. He also authored a paper on 'Nuclear Proliferation and Impact on Regional Cooperation in South Asia' which was presented at a conference organized by the University on Aug. 30, 2009.
Director Pandey gave a talk at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) on 'Recent Developments in Nepal and Impact on Indo-Nepal Relations' on July 6, 2009.
He also presented a paper on 'Role of Extra-Regional Powers and the Future of Peace Process in Nepal' at the conference 'South Asia 2020: Moving Towards Cooperation or Conflict' organized by IDSA on Nov. 4-5. 2009. It was inaugurated by Ms. Nirupama Rao, Foreign Secretary of India.