Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
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Issue 26

Aditya Adhikari traces the engagement of international actors in Nepal’s peace and transition process. He explores the role of India, by far the most influential actor in the peace process, in balancing its preference for political stability with an accommodation of the Maoists’ radical agenda and the grievances of the Madhesi community. Whilst other international actors have generally been supportive of greater inclusion, Adhikari argues that this approach has come up against an increasingly effective Nepali conservative political elite. And as the transition has progressed, international influence in general was diminished.