Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
Publication date: 
2017
Accord issue: 
Issue 26

Sudheer Sharma discusses how Nepal’s security forces have navigated the post-war political transition – in particular the Nepali Army. The army has largely tried to resists the post-2006 reforms relating to civilian control, democratisation and inclusion, as well as the integration of the Maoists army. Whilst the Nepali Army has acquiesced to some progressive reforms, efforts to fundamentally restructure it have failed, leaving it powerful and largely autonomous.