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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Monalisa Adhikari

Monalisa Adhikari
Monalisa Adhikari
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Indian security and foreign policy, Chinese Foreign Policy, International peacebuilding, Fragile and conflict affected states, Political settlements, International Engagement, Emerging powers, Fragile States, South Asia, Nepal, Myanmar

PhD Title

Peacebuilding and political settlements in a post-liberal world: Case of Indian and Chinese engagements in Nepal and Myanmar

My PhD explores varied forms of  international engagements and their impact on political settlements in fragile and conflict affected states. In exploring international engagements, I seek to look into converges, divergences, and competition on norms and forms of engagement of emergent powers (India and China) to that of international liberal peacebuilding projects in conflict affected states (Myanmar and Nepal).   

My PhD is a part of DFID funded Political Settlements Research Programme (PRSP): Currently, I hold Civil Society Scholars Award (CSSA)/Open Society Foundations for the year 2018-2019.
I have done fieldwork in Myanmar, Nepal, China and India. 

Previously I have worked at London-based FIA Foundation and at Asia Foundation in Nepal. I have been a fellow at New Delhi based Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

My peer-reviewed articles are:

Adhikari M. 2020. ‘Breaking the Balance: Impact of Peacekeeping on civil-military relations’International Peacekeeping. (

Adhikari M. 2018. India in South Asia: Interaction with liberal peacebuilding projects, India Quarterly, 74(2):160–178 

Adhikari, M. 2014. Politics and Perception of Indian aid to Nepal, Strategic Analysis, 38 (3): 325-340.

Additional writings include:

Ending the Political Transition? Analysing the Nepal elections from an inclusion perspective, Political Settlement Research Programme blog, January 18, 2018

Myanmar’s Twin Transitions: Challenges and Choices, Political Settlement Research Programme blog, August 31, 2017