Nepal must work to avoid becoming a pawn at the hands of either of its two neighbors or going against them to please any powers.

A statement issued by Chinese embassy in Nepal on February 18 over an article published by The Kathmandu Post sent Nepali media persons and social media population in reaction mode: China has no business telling what a Nepali newspaper can and cannot publish. Chinese embassy has breached the diplomatic decorum. Nepal government should raise this matter with China.

Nepal-UK defense ties

February 18, 2020 09:10 am

Nepal-Britain defense diplomacy goes back to 1744 along with Captain Kinloch’s Expedition. It stands on the foundation of faith and mutual honor

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: Minister for Information and Communications Gokul Baskota has said that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement has already come into implementation.

Making foreign policy dynamic

January 16, 2020 07:55 am

People and policies are important underpinnings of any organization. Policies are important frameworks because they contain organization’s visions. It is important, therefore, that policies are sound, realistic, time-suited and reflective of the ideals and objectives organizations stand for.

The Assassin’s False Creed

January 13, 2020 09:22 am

MOSCOW – For an armchair warrior like US President Donald Trump, who received five deferments from serving in Vietnam, assassinations must look like a foreign-policy silver bullet. You take out your enemy’s leadership with a drone strike or a rifle shot and, presto, your problems are solved. In fact, there is no historical basis for believing that assassinations solve anything. But there are plenty of precedents that they make things far, far worse.

Why Morals Matter in Foreign Policy

January 12, 2020 08:15 am

CAMBRIDGE – When I told a friend I had just written a book on morality and foreign policy, she quipped: “It must be a very short book.” Such skepticism is common. An Internet search shows surprisingly few books on how US presidents’ moral views affected their foreign policies. As the eminent political theorist Michael Walzer once described American graduate training in international relations after 1945, “Moral argument was against the rules of the discipline as it was commonly practiced.”

Putin’s Pipelines to Power

January 9, 2020 08:03 am

MOSCOW – Over the last year, predictions of serious struggles for Russian President Vladimir Putin – or even his political demise – have been increasingly frequent. A recent article in The Economist, “An awful week for Vladimir Putin,” is just one example. But it is Putin biographer and New York Times correspondent Steven Lee Myers whose assessment rings most true: “Putin,” Myers has repeatedly said to me, “always wins.”

Prisoner’s dilemma

November 7, 2019 08:57 am

If Nepal ignores its next-door neighbors, the consequences may be stark. Ignoring the West may also be costly for Nepal’s development endeavors

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali has said that government has been conducting foreign policy keeping national interests at its center.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has said the nation's foreign policy hinged on the cooperation of all sides and not only on government's lone efforts.

KATHMANDU, June 30: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday said that it was important for all political parties to be on the same side in matters relating to Nepal’s foreign affairs as he urged for the need of a coherent foreign policy.

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KATHMANDU, June 29: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said foreign policy should be conducted on national consensus and common understanding as it is a matter of common concern of the entire nation.

KATHMANDU, June 29: Inaugurating the national dialogue on foreign policy organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday in the capital, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli emphasized that foreign policy advocated by different political parties should be consistent with the one pursued by the government.

KATHMANDU, June 29: A national dialogue on foreign policy has kicked off in Kathmandu.

In principle, Nepal’s foreign policy is guided by the charters of United Nations, SAARC and non-alignment policy.

KATHMANDU, June 3: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) is holding a National Dialogue on Foreign Policy (NDFP) on June 29 to formulate a common view on the country’s foreign policy in view of the changed political reality and priority of the country following the promulgation of the new constitution.

KATHMANDU, May 29: The decision of India to invite leaders from Bimstec member states and the chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi sends a message that India’s neighborhood first policy now extends beyond South Asia, foreign policy analysts in Kathmandu say.

Looking back at 100

May 28, 2019 00:30 am

The last two decades have made clear that no post-Cold War US foreign policy consensus exists

Road to take

May 19, 2019 01:05 am

“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.

KATHMANDU, May 15: While trying to allay concerns raised from various quarters that Nepal was pushed into its Indo-Pacific strategy—a move widely seen as an attempt to counter China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)--, a senior US State Department official has said that his country is not asking Nepal to be “for” the US or “against” any other country.

KATHMANDU, March 31: As India flexes its diplomatic muscles in both its neighborhood and beyond to 'isolate' Pakistan over the alleged support of Islamabad to terrorist elements, Nepal's conduct of 'independent' foreign policy has met with a serious 'test'.

KATHMANDU, March 8: Foreign policy experts have stressed the need to articulate a clear foreign policy taking into account the national interests. They have also outlined the need for Nepal to adopt a more pro-active approach to diplomacy and far-sighted foreign policy.

Selective memory

February 25, 2019 01:30 am

Nepal’s mainstream party leaders squirm in their seats of power and privilege when faced with a series of foreign policy successes recorded in previous decades

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said that Nepal was committed to promoting national interests and its external engagements by promoting Nepal’s credentials as an open and progressive democratic state at the international level; and by pursuing effective economic diplomacy to contribute to development imperatives at home.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1 : Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali is scheduled to brief the international community today afternoon on various matters including the government's foreign policy priorities and country's contemporary political situation.

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has spoken of the need of national dialogues to build the nations' foreign policy on the basis of mass consensus.

Drifts on foreign policy

January 3, 2019 01:30 am

Diplomacy and development have been conducted in an ad hoc manner based more on sporadic “big dream talks” than a clear framework, vision and time-bound actions

Reframing foreign policy

December 6, 2018 01:30 am

The government is constitutionally obliged to take measures to recalibrate Nepal’s foreign policy. It should bring detailed vision for this without delay

Foreign Policy after midterm election

November 29, 2018 00:30 am

The Democrats’ best bet is to let Trump take the lead on global affairs, however unsavory

Bungling on diplomacy

September 13, 2018 00:20 am

Our politicians rarely care about diplomatic protocol. They are always ready to meet any foreign guests and speak about foreign policy issues without considering long-term implications

WASHINGTON, Aug 22: The United States is “deeply disappointed” by El Salvador’s decision to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China and is reviewing its relationship with San Salvador as a result, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

TAIWAN, Aug 21: Taiwan lost another ally to Beijing on Tuesday when diplomatic ties with El Salvador were severed, as China presses the remaining nations with diplomatic links to Taipei to end them.