Nepal is situated in a crucial geo-strategic location between two rising powers of the 21 st century, China and India. Being a small state sandwiched between two big, powerful and competing states, Nepal’s foreign policy has been guided by the principles of Panchsheel, non-alignment, UN Charter, international law and norms of world peace. Due to its strategic position, Nepal has attracted interests not only from its powerful neighbors but also from major powers around the world. Therefore, it is vital for Nepal to adopt a balanced foreign policy aided by deft diplomacy for safeguarding its national interests.
Nepal Forum for International Relations Studies (NEPAL FIRST) is a Kathmandu-based independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that aims to deliberate on issues pertaining to Nepal’s international relations. NEPAL FIRST aims to come up with analytical articles, research work, discussions, seminars, interviews, podcast series and policy advice on matters related to Nepal’s foreign policy and diplomacy.
Some of the major objectives of NEPAL FIRST are as follows: