Apr 2017

What has the past decade meant for peace in Nepal?

© Min Ratna Bajracharya.

Opinion differs as to whether Nepal is ‘post-conflict’, or if the past ten years of transition represents another phase of struggle, animated by the attempt to radically overhaul a system that has marginalised large sections of society.

Ten years on from the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Nepal that ended a decade-long civil war, Conciliation Resources’ new Accord publication examines the country’s peace process.
Two steps forward, one step back: Nepal’s peace process focuses on the progress of inclusion and the function of power in Nepal’s peace process, and how peace and political negotiations in various forms have tried to support transition from a negative to a positive peace. 
With over 30 articles and interviews by Nepali and international experts, practitioners, activists and ex-combatants, the publication explores three core themes – the peace process itself, the political process and inclusion. There is also an additional analysis of the political repercussions of the 2015 earthquakes. 
The publication is the 26th issue in Conciliation Resources’ Accord series, which aims to inform and strengthen peace processes by documenting and analysing the practical lessons and innovations of peacebuilding. This issue is also an output of the Political Settlements Research Project, which explores how international and national interventions can more effectively support inclusive political settlements in fragile and conflict-affected states. 
The publication’s editors, Deepak Thapa and Alexander Ramsbotham will present the findings of the publication at an event with SOAS South Asia Institute on 3 April. Find out more about the event.

Read the latest Accord, Two steps forward, one step back: Nepal’s peace process.