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Peacebuilding in Nepal
For Eden Kalyanapu, a University of Rhode Island
business major, last year’s experience in Nepal—arranged by the school’s Center for Nonviolence &
Peace Studies to address a nation’s challenges when
emerging from a period of internal conflict—proved
to be “a wonderful culture shock.”
The Nepal program, which allows students to
work alongside the center’s staff as they conduct
peace-training projects in the heart of the Himalayan region, was Kalyanapu’s first experience abroad.
She had always been proud of the equal rights that
America afforded women, but never more so than
after she arrived in the Nepal capital of Kathmandu.
“The realities were sobering,” Kalyanapu wrote in a
university blog. “When I least expected it, my gender
was taken into account before my words were even
registered—whether it be disregard when answering
a question, or inequality at the airport. The female
Nepali students often had to be specifically called on
to get a word in with their male peers, but when they
did, their responses were insightful and steeped with
the experience of Nepal’s political climate.”

“The Nepalis are eager to learn
and apply new ways for finding and

building peace in their country .
So far we have trained about 60 persons .

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They, in turn, have trained hundreds .”

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At the heart of the program is a three-day International Kingian Nonviolence Training Program in the
mountain station of Nagarkot, where the U.S. visitors
and students from Nepal’s Tribhuvan University learn
how political and cultural conflicts in Nepal are being
resolved using nonviolence principles and practices
based on the philosophies of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The training is conducted in collaboration with
human rights workers, community volunteers, and
NGO staffers from organizations in Nepal, JammuKashmir, India, and Ghana. Speakers include human
rights activists and peace advocates from Nepal. Last
year, Krishna Pahadi, one of Nepal’s leading human
rights spokespeople who promotes civil society formation and transitional justice, spoke and monitored
discussions with the students. This year’s students

expect to visit with Anurada Koirala, founder and
director of Maiti Nepal, a program that rescues and
rehabilitates women and children who’ve been victims of sex trafficking, as well as Pushpa Basnet, who
founded a home for children who were forced to live
in prisons with their convicted parents. They visit the
Tibetan Refugee Center to meet with Tibetans who—
forced to flee Chinese oppression—traveled across a
high Himalayan escape route.
Kalyanapu and her fellow students also visited the
ancient city of Bhaktapur, the nearby Kathmandu
Valley, and the Chitwan National Park and Wildlife
Refuge, the oldest national park in Nepal, where they
learned about the challenges of conservation ecology
and environmental sustainability facing Nepal.
In March 2013 Paul Bueno de Mesquita, professor
in psychology and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the university, took 18
students abroad for the same program.
Students participated in community service programs “while experiencing a completely different
culture, in one of the world’s most remote locations,
while participating in nonviolent social transformation.”
“Nepal is still recovering from the overthrow of
centuries of monarchy and a corrupt government, followed by civil war with Maoist revolutionary groups,”
Bueno de Mesquita says. “Lots of violence, bloodshed, and human rights abuses on both sides.”
For the past four years, the conflict has been on
hold as the nation’s first democratically elected Constitutional Assembly struggles to create a constitution
to define a new government.
“We call this a state of ‘negative peace’—no fighting, but no real harmony and no peaceful sense of
community and coexistence among the parties,”
Bueno de Mesquita says. “The Nepalis are eager to
learn and apply new ways for finding and building
peace in their country. So far we have trained about
60 persons. They, in turn, have trained hundreds.”
Funding for students to travel abroad is among the
program’s biggest obstacles. Some departments and
programs on campus help with small scholarships,
“but flying to the other side of the planet is expensive—
plus there are the trip expenses in country,” Bueno de
Mesquita says. “With the economy and rising tuition
and college costs, this discourages many. The students
are psyched to go. Many more wish they could.” IE
DANA WILKIE is a freelance writer in Alexandria,
Virginia. Her last story for IE was “Intimate
Proximity: The Human Face of Genocide,” in the
January/February 2013 issue.



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From the Editors
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Peace Pathways
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