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GP Acharya

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Cyber Intelligence for Enhancing National Security

Published On: April 7, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

The tech and cyber worlds were intensely outraged in 2021 as the Pegasus Project investigation unveiled the massively unethical software hacking and data leak by use of spyware.

National security: A notion of geopolitical reality

Published On: March 5, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

Last week, US President Joe Biden made an unannounced trip to Ukraine and subsequently announced a considerable aid amount to Ukraine in its war against Russia, while Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed his commitment to protect Russian security by “ramping up nuclear capabilities” while marking the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Patronizing Sovereign Dignity of Nepal

Published On: December 3, 2022 07:34 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

The November 20 election was not only about electing a new leader, but also about selecting a daring leader who can pragmatically handle all the issues - economic, social, developmental, diplomatic, foreign policy, national dignity and security - coherently balance Nepal’s relations with immediate and other powers, and drive the nation with spirited leadership, rational intelligence and sense of economic patriotism.

Advancing Vision in Nepal’s Diplomacy

Published On: September 2, 2022 02:16 PM NPT By: GP Acharya

Can the contemporary ‘nearest' and ‘dearest' envoys, appointed under political game- ‘divide and rule’- present themselves ‘head to head', ‘neck to neck’ and ‘shoulder to shoulder' with the host governments or their diplomatic counterparts abroad? Are they qualified and confident enough to deliver a series of lectures in foreign universities? Are they equipped with proper diplomatic knowledge, skills and intelligence such that they could heighten the image of the nation in the international community?

Constructive Neutrality: Dynamicity of Nepal’s Foreign Policy

Published On: June 27, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

While ‘neutrality’ itself is a sensitive issue in international relations, it becomes more sensitive in Nepal’s existing geo-strategic situation. What type of neutrality Nepal would pursue if there would be a cyber, geostrategic or physical battle among the three powers — China, India and the US — that could induce a geo-digital and geophysical effect in Nepal?

Tech Sovereignty: A Quest for Nepal

Published On: June 16, 2022 12:25 PM NPT By: GP Acharya

Tech sovereignty is not only an eminent concern of developed and powerful nations, it is also a pursuit for small powers like Nepal. Nepal’s quest for tech sovereignty should be focused on tech interest and tech security;digital transformation and infrastructures; protecting and controlling data and information; and securing connectivity

Rationalizing Nepal’s Foreign Policy amid Changing Dynamics of Geopolitics

Published On: June 8, 2022 08:03 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organizing a ‘Talk Series’ dedicated to veteran diplomat Prof Yadu Nath Khanal, the contemporary foreign policymakers are expected to be pragmatic and pursue the path shown by Prof Khanal such that Nepal can execute sensible diplomacy ahead.

Tech Sovereignty: National Power Capability to Threat to Humanity

Published On: May 18, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

Russia is challenging the NATO, US, nd the entire EU because of its technological strength and national power capability. North Korea is bullying the US because of its advanced missile and defense technology. The US and China are intimidating each other because of their tech capabilities. All these are eventually posing threats to humanity.

Essence of ‘Emotions’ in Face-to-face and Int’l Relations

Published On: February 5, 2022 12:00 PM NPT By: GP Acharya

The world is witnessing multiple international tensions including threats to cyberspace, maritime security, tech and digital sovereignty, and AI and nuke threats, while policy discourse, public diplomacy and resources are being largely dominated by fear and hate. The emerging ‘belligerent international environment’ in Ukraine, Hong Kong and Taiwan are perhaps the result of ‘over-rationalized’ emotions, rather than acts of balancing between soft and hard power.

Tech Bipolarity: An Emerging Dynamics of Geo-Tech Interest

Published On: December 17, 2021 11:27 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

It can be estimated that the reciprocal growth competition between the US and China in all domains- economic, defense, technology and soft potentials- may have a similar pattern for the years to come that would help emerge them as a bipolar force of global politics, economy and technology. Yet, the concern is- who will win the battle, if they vow to counter or contain each other?

Tech Diplomacy: Navigating Democratic and Rational Technological Future

Published On: October 23, 2021 06:30 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

Tech diplomacy can be an effective tool for a country like Nepal that would not only help in coaxing ‘techno-economic cooperation’ but also in attaining economic and security success in the long run.

Cyber Intelligence for National Security

Published On: August 13, 2021 07:10 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

Learning from the past failures in political, diplomatic and security intelligence, Nepal needs to take pragmatic steps to upgrade its intelligence mechanisms.

Why Nepal needs K P Oli

Published On: March 3, 2021 12:53 PM NPT By: GP Acharya

K P Oli was instrumental in initiating the process of bringing back Nepali territories occupied by India.

Road to take

Published On: May 19, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

“Efforts to define national interest presuppose agreement on the nature of the country whose interests are to be defined. National interest derives from national identity. We have to know who we are before we can know what our interests are”, said Samuel P Huntington. Nepal has constitutionally defined its national interest, state policy and foreign policy whereby “safeguarding of the freedom, sovereignty, territorial integrity, nationality, independence and dignity of Nepal, the rights of the Nepalese people, border security, economic wellbeing and prosperity” have been the basic elements of our national interest.