Although politicians claimed political stability was the driving force behind the new Constitution in 2015, Nepal has witnessed six changes of government in the last seven years. Economic recovery, from both the devasting 2015 earthquakes and the COVID-19 pandemic, will be a long process.
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Considering a first nations’ approach to foreign policy requires more than a simple cultural extension of Aboriginal heritage, however pleasing to foreign dignitaries. The good news is that, with the right leadership, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is equipped to begin a more inclusive process.
With Prime Minister Kishida Fumio in Washington this week for talks with Biden, Japan’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) is likely to provoke discussion on new boundaries for mini-lateral groups to hedge against the China threat. For Tokyo, the region has become unmistakably more worrying.