Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rising Powers in Asia: China–India Rivalry and Post-war Security in Nepal

I gave a presentation last Friday (8 April 2016) in the Humanities Seminar Series at the University of New England, Armidale. It was about China–India rivalry and its implications in security sector governance in post-war Nepal. Many thanks to Karin von Strokirch of the Politics and Internaitonal Studies for supporting at every step and Bert Jenkins for encouraging and backstopping my ideas. The attendance was lovely, so were the questions raised. Here I've put up the abstract, but I did not make the video recording public because I am yet to publish the final results, which will appear (hopefully) in two journals from Europe and the UK within this year. Here is the detail:

Date: 8th Apr 2016 9:30am-10:30am
Location: Oorala lecture theatre
Contact: Karin von Strokirch
Map of Nepal.Presenter: Safal Ghimire
China and India are both growing in a region marked by nuclear enmity, religious tension, resource stress, political instability and competitive aspirations. Their engagement with smaller countries is crucial because they both overtly disagree with 'Western templates' of peacebuilding. Sandwiched between these giants, post-civil war Nepal represents a prototype place where China and India competitively pour in security assistance. This makes analysis of the implications of their strategic rivalry in Nepal an academic imperative. Based on field information, this presentation discusses the effects of this rivalry on Nepal's security sector and post-war recovery. It also explores why the rise of new hegemons in the global south may just be a false dawn of a much-hyped pro-south world order.
Safal Ghimire is close to completing his PhD thesis in Peace Studies. His first chapter was published in the journal 'Peacebuilding'. Other articles have appeared in the Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security, Media, War and Conflict, the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development and Sustainable Development Series. In the past, Ghimire taught Peace and Conflict Studies at Kathmandu University and worked as a Research Officer in the Swiss National Centre—a global research consortium led by the University of Zurich and University of Bern. His PhD in Humanities at UNE contrasts UK, Indian and Chinese approaches to security in Nepal. Safal has received an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and also the Civil Society Scholar Award from the Open Society Foundations, New York.
The seminar will be followed by morning tea in Humanities tea room.
Image: Adapted by Safal Ghimire based on image from Wikimedia Commons. 

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