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Safal is interested in what makes communities and states feel secure or insecure from each other. His research interests include the idea of security–development nexus and interactions between state, non-state, private and external players in conflict transformation, security sector governance and post-war/post-crisis recovery. His research works specifically examine contentions and cooperation between national and international actors in security, development and peacebuilding issues, with a regional focus in Nepal and South Asia. Safal had worked as a research officer at the South Asia Office of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR North-South)—a global research programme led by the University of Bern—prior to completing his PhD from the University of New England-Australia.

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