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Capacity Building and Conflict Management in Nepal PDF Print Email
Asia Program - Completed Projects

Between 1996 - 2006 Nepal experienced violent conflict. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) initiated an armed insurgency drawing support from other groups in society, such as ethnic minorities, thus enlarging their capacity as a fighting and political force. After having introduced a multi-party democracy system in 1990 and drafted a new constitution, Nepal went from an aspiring democracy, to a state in internal turmoil. The situation was that the internal actors: the Maoists, the political parties and an array of other actors (often excluded from power), were locked in a conflict where the core issues that had to be addressed were the division of power, minority rights, and gender issues among others. In addition to the internal political conditions, the geo-political position of the Himalayan State meant that developments in Nepal were of direct interest to two regional hegemons: China and India. Thus the development of the conflict in Nepal was not only a question of national security, but also of regional stability.

Energy, Security and Cooperation in Northeast Asia PDF Print Email
Asia Program - Completed Projects

In 2007, ISDP initiated a project on regional energy security in Northeast Asia. As the most militarized region in the world, it is perceived to be one of the greatest threats to international security. Countries in the region also face common problems of regional economic expansion. Competition and relations between Northeast Asian states have been driven by traditional concepts of security, such as state sovereignty and relative power. As a result, this has limited the prospect of multilateral engagement between states in the Northeast Asian region.

Environmental Security in Asia PDF Print Email
Asia Program - Completed Projects

Climate change is held by some scholars to represent one of the greatest global security threats of the 21st century. The absence of effective cooperative structures and strategies between states also serves to exacerbate environmental problems. Strengthening regional institutional arrangements for more effective environmental governance is thus a key challenge. While the emerging centrality of environmental concerns in regional security and development is clear, mechanisms of regional cooperation are not fully developed. There are question marks over how to measure and react to trends, and the transit from problems to solutions.

Peace Parks and Cross-border Cooperation PDF Print Email
Asia Program - Completed Projects

In a time of globalization, national boundaries are becoming increasingly redundant and losing their original significance which has practiced an essential part of nation-building and the creation of the security space. We therefore need to think of alternative ways to understand security and thus the security border, especially since the end of the Cold War. Nevertheless, many countries of Northeast Asia still continue to be locked in seemingly intractable territorial and maritime disputes with their neighbours. Traditional exclusionist and armed and military supervised borders in Northeast Asia have served as obstacles to many potential benefits in the region.

Political Roles of Religious Communities PDF Print Email
Asia Program - Completed Projects

During 2007-2008, ISDP initiated a project on the political roles of religious communities in South Asia. The project brought together scholars and people of different religious affiliations for a series of seminars and a workshop where they discussed a number of key questions regarding the political roles of religious communities.

Using Carrots to Bring Peace? Negotiation and Third Party Involvement PDF Print Email
Asia Program - Completed Projects

The dissertation project Using Carrots to Bring Peace? Negotiation and Third Party Involvement focused on peace processes in resolving intrastate armed conflicts and attempted to explain what effect the employment of carrots (incentives) has on peace negotiation and negotiation strategies of the involved parties.

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