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.
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. (Click the attached files for the names of participants)
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.
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.