Nepal’s Search for Prosperity through Transit Diplomacy

  • Khadga K.C. Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Gaurav Bhattarai Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Keywords: Transit diplomacy, trilateralism, prosperity, Geo-economics, Nepal, India, China


This article traces out the causes for why Nepal’s search for prosperity through transit diplomacy appears to be an un accomplished venture. Identifying different indicators of Nepal’s transit diplomacy, it specifies to what extent Nepal can execute its transit diplomacy and to what extent it cannot. This article also argues that Nepal’s proposal of trilateral ism to its immediate neighbours, India to the South and China to the North, itself, so far has not been institutionalized through any means of trilateral dialogues or ministerial-level meetings. It has only been reduced to the status of a metaphor merely inferring Nepal’s possibilities to bridge two emerging economies in the neighbourhood, which are, however, deemed as the prime actors of Easternization process itself. Hypothesizing that the venture of transit diplomacy has not gained sufficient momentum, this article does not only assess the reluctance of India in providing momentum to trilaterialism, but underlines Nepal’s lack of preparation and assertiveness which have actually sidelined her plausible role to make it happen at Nepal’s larger interest. The idea of trilateralism should, therefore, bear an institutional reality. Without such an institutionalization, Nepal’s quest for prosperity through transit diplomacy might not yield expected results, and shall always dwell on the status of an un accomplished venture.


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Author Biographies

Khadga K.C., Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Associate Professor/Program Coordinator, Master's Program in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Gaurav Bhattarai, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Faculty at Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD) Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences