1st Edition

Post-War Instability and Human Security in Nepal

By Purna Bahadur Karki Copyright 2025
    270 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book studies post-war instability in Nepal and its effect on human security. It looks at Nepal's Maoist People's War, the Nepali peace-building process, and political development in Nepal. Drawing on in-depth interviews, the book discusses multiple issues of the peace-building process, including education, health, economics, income, gender inequality, human rights, and the sociopolitical inclusion of marginal people and backward communities. The author also explores the relationship between peace-building and the broader concept of freedom, examining factors that affect Nepalese determination.


    The book will be useful for students and researchers of politics, peace and conflict studies, sociology, development studies, strategic and security studies, contemporary history, international relations, Nepal studies, and South Asian studies.

    Chapter 1: Country Profile of Nepal Chapter 2: Parties and Politics in Post Conflict Nepal Chapter 3: The Maoist Insurgency and Conflict Resolution Chapter 4: Peace Building in Nepal and Data Analysis Chapter 5: Human Security in Nepal  Chapter 6: Conclusion of this Study  


    Purna Bahadur Karki is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He holds an MA in International Studies with a focus on peace and conflict, and a Ph.D. in Humanities specializing in Regional and Interregional Studies from the Graduate School of Global Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Additionally, he earned a Bachelor of Social Science from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. His research interests encompass a wide range of topics, including the modern history of South Asia, Nepali political parties, the parliamentary system, and the nature of contentious politics. His research expertise lies in the areas of Human Security, Maoist insurgency, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution. Currently, he is engaged in research on Post-Conflict Reconciliations and Challenges in Nepal.

    "Dr. Purna Bahadur Karki’s Post-War Instability and Human Security in Nepal is a welcome addition to the scholarly literature on peace and human security in Nepal. The decade-long civil war in Nepal (1996–2006) between the Nepalese government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) resulted in 17,000 deaths and the rape, killing, and torture of thousands of innocent civilians. Dr. Karki’s book is a sensitive and timely analysis of the causes and consequences of social and political instability in the wake of this war. He also explores Nepal’s parlous state of human security and explains how it can be strengthened. Dr. Karki’s book offers an interesting account of the challenges of building peace and human security in a developing country."

    Badrinath Rao, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology and Asian Studies, Kettering University

    "I am delighted to endorse Dr. Purna Bahadur Karki’s book Post-War Instability and Human Security in Nepal. This book is a timely and important contribution to the study of conflict resolution and peace-building in South Asia. Dr. Karki draws on his extensive research and experience to provide a comprehensive and critical analysis of the causes, consequences, and challenges of the Maoist insurgency and the peace process in Nepal. He also offers some valuable recommendations and lessons learned for policymakers, academics, and practitioners who are working on similar issues in other conflict-affected countries. This book is very useful for anyone who wants to understand the complex dynamics of post-war instability and human security in Nepal and beyond. I highly recommend this book to all readers who are interested in peace and development in South Asia."

    OKADA Akito, Institute of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies