By Vijay Prasad Jayshwal
Nepal in South Asia occupies a very unique position in terms of its geopolitics, cross-cultural relations with two rising powers of the world, soft power, people-to-people connectivity, and also a place for the origination of true knowledge of divinity and wisdom to the world. COVID-19 has challenged the traditional set up of state’s cooperation in the region and has created more sense of belonging and interdependence on each other. Despite the fact that COVID-19 is primarily a health problem, it has impacted and will continue to impact almost all sectors. None of the sectors are untouched by COVID-19 in our region. The social, economic, political, security, development, business, human rights, etc. have all been impacted by COVID-19 in our region. The state has come closer, despite their political differences and security concerns, to fight against the common global pandemic. This pandemic has created and alarmed the possibilities of having a multipolar world with a different center and will challenge the traditional theories, practices, development, and orientation in the name of cooperation and collaboration. The state must focus on three fundamental things as strategic cooperation among our region. First, enable available institutions in R & D, second, sideline the political invasion in each others domestic affairs and third, create a conducive environment to foster people-to-people relations. It is not a state that keeps relations strong and sustainable in the region. It is people-to-people understanding which will work for a longer period.
Vijay Prasad Jayshwal
Lecturer, Kathmandu University School of Law
Vice-President (Society of International Law and Public Policy)