Social Science Baha

Internal Conflicts in Nepal

Internal Conflicts in Nepal
(in collaboration with East-West Center, Washington DC)
17-19 July, 2006

This was the second meeting of the Nepal Study Group of the East-West Center, Washington DC, which was part of a study on internal conflicts in Asia investigating the causes, consequences, and management of internal conflicts in Burma, Southern Thailand, Northeastern India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.


Monday, July 17

8.45 – 9.00 am           
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Muthiah Alagappa
Rajendra Pradhan

9.00 – 9.30 am           
Project briefing and discussion
Muthiah Alagappa

9.30 – 10.30 am       
SESSION 1: Recent Developments: An Overview
Chair: Rajendra Pradhan, Muthiah Alagappa
Presenter:     Hari Sharma

10.30 – 11.00 am        
Coffee Break

11.00 -12.15 pm
SESSION 2: Democratic Transition in Nepal: Nature and Implications
Paper: Krishna Bhattachan          
Discussants: Prakash Lohani, Mahendra Lawoti and Meena Acharya                    

12.15 – 1.30 pm       

1.30 – 2.45 pm   
SESSION 3: Democratic State Building in Nepal: Addressing the Maoist Insurgency, Ethnic Exclusion, and the Governance Crises
Paper: Mahendra Lawoti
Discussants: Krishna Hachhethu, Lok Raj Baral and Sudhindra Sharma

2.45 – 4.00 pm   
SESSION 4: The Maoist Insurgency: Has it Peaked? What is the Role of the Left in Nepalese Politics?
Paper: Pancha Narayan Maharjn                 
Discussants: Bishnu Raj Upreti, Sukh Deo Muni and Anup Pahari

4.00 – 4.30 pm       
Coffee Break

4.30 – 5.45 pm   
SESSION 5: The Future of the  Monarchy
Paper: Krishna Hachhethu        
Discussants: Dipak Gyawali, Meena Acharya and Sukh Deo Muni

Tuesday, July 18

8.45 – 10.00 am
SESSION 6: International Dimensions of the Conflict in Nepal
Paper: Sukh Deo Muni                           
Discussants: Sudhindra Sharma, Dipak Gyawali and Anup Pahari

10.00 – 11.15 am
SESSION 7: Ethnic Politics and Democratization in Nepal
Paper: Susan Hangen        
Discussants: Krishna Bhattachan, Krishna Hachhethu and Harka Gurung

11.15 – 11.45 am       
Coffee Break

11.45 – 1.00 pm   
SESSION 8: Gender, Poverty, and Insurgency in Nepal
Presenters: Meena Acharya, Seira Tamang and Chandra Dev Bhatta

1.00 – 2.15 pm           

2.15 – 3.30 pm   
SESSION 9: Civil Society, Conflict and Peace
Paper: Saubhagya Shah
Discussants: Seira Tamang, Mahendra Lawoti and Susan Hangen

3.30 – 4.00 pm
Coffee Break

Wednesday, July 19

8. 45 – 10.00am    
SESSION 10: Peace Talks in Nepal: Past and Future
Paper: Anup Pahari
Discussants: Prakash Lohani, Bishnu Raj Upreti and Pancha Narayan Maharjan

10.00 – 10:30 am
Coffee Break

10.30 – 11:30 am    
SESSION 11: Moving Forward: Key Issues and Ideas
Chair: Muthiah Alagappa
Presenters: Harka Gurung and Meena Acharya