Avasna Pandey

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Avasna Pandey teaches The Theory of IR. Besides teaching at TU, she is also the program manager at the Center for Investigative Journalism-Nepal. She completed her Masters in Political Science with specialization in IR from the Jawaharlal University (JNU), New Delhi.

As an MA student, she developed a nuanced understanding of IR theories and political thought. Pandey took intensive courses in International law, Critical IR Theory, Critical Thinking in the Global South, and Non-traditional security, among others. They are also her primary research interests.

In the past, Pandey headed the Opinions sections of The Kathmandu Post, where she wrote editorials for the paper, commissioned articles and edited them. She also coordinated weekly interviews for paper often conducting political as well as non-political interviews herself. Among others, Pandey has interviewed the foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali, Public Service Commission chairperson Umesh Prasad Mainali, and Spokesperson for the Nepali Congress Biswaprakash Sharma.

Before joining The Kathmandu Post, Pandey worked as a research intern at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS)–a New Delhi based think tank writing various research commentaries on issues like disaster, climate change and how they could pose a challenge to Nepal’s security in the long run. Along with that, she has written various analytical pieces for the South Asian Voice–an online policy platform of Stimson Centre–a Washington DC-based think tank, and continues to write for various media outlets in Nepal as well.