Press Release

Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies (NISS) has a very strong reservation on the Indian claim of around 395 Square Kilometers of Nepals territory in far North Western border region area, namely Limpiyadhura , Kalapani and Lepulekh by publishing an erroneous map recently . The matter, however, has drawn serious attention of Government of Nepal including its general people, civil society and Nepalese living abroad. Nepalese people are patiently waiting to have this resolved in political and diplomatic way at the earliest.

NISS alludes that any detestable acts relating to sovereignty of our country would be injurious to our age old friendly relations. The institution believes, India abides by the international law, practice; democratic values and truthfulness rather instilling mystification. NISS highly appreciates the exigency of correct delineation of Nepal – India border and regulation of border crossing between the two countries to stop the infiltration of terrorists, smuggling of people, drug and illegal trade detrimental to national interest of two countries. NISS expects that India observe and honor the Sugauli Treaty, 1816 between Nepal and British India in resolving the issue amicably.

11 Nov 2019

Press Release of Interaction Pgme on ” Border Management of Nepal “

Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies ( NISS ) organized an One Day interaction programme on Border Management of Nepal at Hotel Shangri La , on 14th Jan 2019 comprising of eminent scholars , experts on the subject , former minister, former secretaries, legal experts, former Director Generals of Department of Survey , economists , senior media experts, writers and former senior security officials. The group spoke individually for an urgent requirement of a well demarcated and managed border with our both neighbors to address many anticipated threats and potential negative consequences in future. The experts viewed unregulated border with India and regulated border with China, however that exists in limited form now, cannot be considered satisfactory in complimenting to the entirety of our national interest .

In regard to southern border, the participants were loud and clear in raising issues of migration, demo-graphical change, transnational crimes, issues of informal trades, smuggling, human and drug trafficking, physical encroachments in certain areas at international border and also discussed issues of Kalapani and Susta, and showed worry why political leaders commitments were not visible in these contexts . They opined political commitment was needed for the full strategy of a well-placed border management soon.

The entire group agreed that friendly relations with neighboring countries and border demarcation with a sound border management were vital for the national interest of all, and candidly highlighted on the current status of our international borders; analyzed border security and management systems in the national security perspective. The intellectuals recommended for appropriate policy guidelines and options for its management. Each individual hoped that the recommendations put forth during the interaction programme may be subscribed by the Government. NISS Chairperson Lt Gen Vivek Kumar Shah ( Retd ) welcomed the eminent group and thanked for their adorable contributions during the programme.

Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies

14 Jan 2019


Press Release of Interaction Pgme on ‘OBOR & Nepal’s Development Prospects’

On 07th March 2018 in an interaction programme held at Hotel Shangri La eminent scholars , intellectuals ,economists, academia, diplomatic and security experts including the senior media persons shared their valuable opinions throwing lights on the requirement of an audacious economic approach to realize the positive advantage of Belt and Road initiative ( BRI ) of China in the our national development thoughts.

Many intellectuals including the diplomatic acumen viewed Nepals engagements in BRI would create impetus for diverse economic opportunities, such as investments, fostering trade and commerce, technology advancements, creation of a significant value chain and more significantly for our growth strategy in socio-economic and political/diplomatic sphere. The experts shared their views on the specific potential areas of connectivity, investments, trade and commerce activities under the BRI including livelihood diversification, climate change and its impact on environment. They also stressed upon the importance of planning and policy coordination at the governmental level and move the process ahead.

Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies ( NISS )had organized a One Day Interaction Programme on One Belt One Road (OBOR ) and Nepals Development Prospects in the background of Nepals signing of the agreement with China in Kathmandu in May , 2017 , however, its application was not much visible for the public as compared to other South Asian countries. The Chairman of NISS, Lt Gen Vivek K Shah ( Retd ) , during his welcome remark threw light on the importance of connectivity , infrastructure development and viewed the initiative would be a game changer in our undertaking.

March 07, 2018

Press Release of Interaction Programme on “Doklam Standoff and Nepal”

Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies (NISS) organized a half day Interaction Programme on “Doklam Standoff and Nepal” on Monday, 21 Aug 2017 at Hotel Shangri-La where renowned scholars, professors, intellectuals, former bureaucrats, security experts and senior media personalities took part.

The programme was so designed that every individual could candidly express his/her valuable opinion on the issue. Many of the round-table discussants viewed that such stand-off   of more than nine weeks now was harming and opined that if this matter is left unresolved between China and India it can damage the emerging politics of development and cooperation opportunities affecting the region and the neighbors.  The analytic discussion comprised of the critical rationale of Bhutan – China diplomatic relationship that could ease their border issue, both for the present and future, as Bhutan and China share around 470 KM of common border. Participants also discussed the indulgence of third party in the scene.  Many scholars suggested that as Nepal has been playing a key role in International Peacekeeping, she could also act as a lynch pin for a peaceful dialogue between China, India and Bhutan.

NISS views that China and India must not allow differences to become disputes and is hopeful that the current dispute will be resolved with diplomatic means. In the context of regionalism intertwined with globalization, the peace and stability must be the priority of all, and as far as Nepal is concerned in this dynamic geopolitical setting, she should be diplomatically neutral and be able to make an environment where the small, weak and affected nations actually receive   greater and sincere help and friendship.

NISS sincerely thanks all the esteemed intellectuals for their outstanding views that were presented during the discussions.

Aug 21, 2017

08 Jun 2017: Steering Committee Meeting Today at 1500 hrs.

08 Dec 2016: Steering Committee Meeting Today at 1500 hrs.

NISS congratulates Dr. Indra Adhikari for her appointment as Deputy Executive Director of Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) and wishes her the best.

NISS extends our best wishes to Brig. Gen. Keshar Bahadur Bhandari (Retd) for his academic tour to Thailand.


China Study Center Nepal and Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies jointly organized a seminar on “One Belt One Road (OBOR ) Initiative and South Asia” with special reference to political, economic and security dimensions in Kathmandu on 28th of April, 2017. Based on the papers presented and comments and observations made during the proceedings in the seminar, the participants of the seminar have come to the following consensus:

  • There is an immediate need to formalize OBOR in the governance system of all South Asian countries for the greater benefit of the South Asian people.
  • Such formalization of OBOR supported by a cooperation system also needs institutionalized dialogue mechanism between China and countries in South Asia on policy and strategic development planning coordination and cooperation measures to prioritize projects within the framework of OBOR.
  • Countries in South Asia and China may vow to expand mutual and inclusive cooperation in the days ahead for establishing credible Government to Government as well as People to People contacts to enhance trust between South Asia and China.
  • In this connection it is necessary to hold follow up seminar focusing on the progress made during the requisite interval of time and evaluate all three dimensions which were discussed today.
    In the Opening inaugural statement Hon Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahara said, “OBOR will be instrumental in developing the region. He thanked the Chairman of China Study Center Nepal and Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies for organizing a very important seminar that could create a positive impetus in realizing the value of OBOR Initiative. In his key note address, the Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission Dr. Min Bahadur Shrestha laid emphasis on the regional connectivity within the OBOR framework for the regions’ accelerated and higher economic prosperity in a secure and stable environment. Ambassador of The People’s Republic of China to Nepal HE Ms. Yu Hong said stability in policy is the key to success of such initiative which is very important for the development of the South Asian Region. Acting Chairman of CSC, Mr. Sundar Nath Bhattarai , NISS Chairman Lt. Gen Vivek K Shah(Retd) also highlighted the importance of OBOR. The distinguished paper presenters and participants made the seminar deliberations lively and focused making the seminar deliverables result-oriented and significant.

China Study Center Nepal and Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies

28 Apr 2017