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Security Challenges for Small States in the New World Order: Options for Nepal

Security Challenges for Small States in the New World Order: Options for Nepal

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The post cold war period is marked by a new multi-dimensional strategic environment giving new focus to international relations and security of small states. Though the US is the only superpower, the world is moving to multipolarity and interdependence where regional powers and international systems have an increasingly powerful role. In such an environment small states are finding themselves even more vulnerable. This paper analyzes the security challenges small states face in the evolving new world order and suggests viable security options for small states in general and Nepal in particular. It analyzes the special characteristics of small states and their vulnerability to both traditional and new forms of threats. It relates national interests with world order and makes an in depth study of the security systems of balance of power and collective security from the perspective of a small state. It analyzes Nepal's regional and internal security environment as well as her historical setting and national interests. The paper then applies the concepts of security systems in the context of Nepal to determine viable security options.
The post cold war period is marked by a new multi-dimensional strategic environment giving new focus to international relations and security of small states. Though the US is the only superpower, the world is moving to multipolarity and interdependence where regional powers and international systems have an increasingly powerful role. In such an environment small states are finding themselves even more vulnerable. This paper analyzes the security challenges small states face in the evolving new world order and suggests viable security options for small states in general and Nepal in particular. It analyzes the special characteristics of small states and their vulnerability to both traditional and new forms of threats. It relates national interests with world order and makes an in depth study of the security systems of balance of power and collective security from the perspective of a small state. It analyzes Nepal's regional and internal security environment as well as her historical setting and national interests. The paper then applies the concepts of security systems in the context of Nepal to determine viable security options.

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SECURITY CHALLENGES FOR SMALL STATES
IN
THENEW WORLD ORDER: OPTIONS FOR NEPAL
BY
BRIGADIER GENERAL PYAR JUNG THAPA
Royal Nepalese
Army
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UNCLASSIFIEDUSAWC STRATEGY RESEARCH PAPER
SECURITY CHALLENGES FOR SMALL STATES IN THENEW WORLD ORDER: OPTIONS
FOR
NEPAL
byBG Pyar Jung ThapaRoyal Nepalese ArmyProfessor Steven MetzProject AdvisorThe views expressed in this paper are those
of
the authorand do not necessarily reflect the views
of
His Majesty's Government
ofNepal
Ministry
of
Defense, the Royal Nepalese Army,the U.S. Department
of
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of
its agencies.This document may not be released for open publicationuntil it has been cleared by the appropriate military serviceor government agency.DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT
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