Since the 1950s, the political landscape of Nepal has undergone a series of changes, transitioning from monarchy to a federal democratic republic. In the process, it experienced recurrent political instability in the form of power-centric partisanship, a Maoist insurgency, volatile attempts at constitution adoption, and country-wide civilian protests. Theoretically, such upheavals should have produced intervention by the Nepali Army (NA) in the political system. Instead, the military has been headed by a civilian master in the form of either an executive or constitutional monarch—ceremonial presidents as a symbol of authority, and mainly as executive prime ministers. This thesis illustrates the inherent institutional attributes of the NA that circumvent possibilities of a military coup in Nepal.
Chatterjee, Anshu N.
Security Studies (Civil-Military Relations)
Naval Postgraduate School
Master of Arts in Security Studies (Civil-Military Relations)
National Security Affairs (NSA)
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