Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
This summer, Subin Nepal '15 worked as an intern at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), an international think tank based in New Delhi, India.
In his position, Nepal published an article on the think tank's web page titled "Nepal and Ethnic Federalism: The Insufficiency of the Maoist Model." The article explores the restructuring of the country of Nepal as it involves ethnic divisions within the country. The first of several planned articles, the piece was the result of extensive research conducted by Nepal, who was able to interview experts on the fields of peace management, diplomats and security experts.
"The office is also a great place to learn as I am surrounded by professionals in the field," he said. "Every week, I meet several members of the policy-making circle of India that has a great deal of experience in security studies and South Asia as well as the world in general. They can be anyone from the Indian Ambassador to Venezuela to a Professor of Political Science in Turkey to an ex-Admiral of the Indian Navy."
A double major in international relations and political science, Nepal is deeply invested in matters with which IPCS is concerned. He hopes to bring attention and awareness to events going on in India and South Asia, which he believes have not received appropriate attention in worldwide media outlets.
Fittingly, another of Nepal's responsibilities was to bolster the social media outreach of the think tank. Currently, he has successfully built up an increase of 200% audience in social media outlets for IPCS, leading to achievement of a goal of viewership that had been lingering around for several years. IPCS, which typically only hires candidates who hold M.A. degrees, offered Nepal excellent opportunities to exercise communications skills in the international relations discipline.
"I found the internship opportunity while looking for a place where I could do hands-on research on peace-related topics," he explained. "IPCS is one of the most well-known names in terms of peace and security related research. When an article I write about an ongoing issue gets published on IPCS, millions of people from around the world read it."
Well on his way to a life of consequence, Nepal returns to HWS for his senior year, in which he plans to pursue an Honors project on the post-conflict reconstruction of Nepal. Recently, he co-authored a book titled "Sex and Race in International Relations" for his political science seminar at HWS. Nepal has worked as an intern with The Ocean Foundation, Washington D.C. in the past. He has designed and implemented a project to establish three different libraries and a technology center in Nepal. Recently, his work on Bhutanese refugees was featured in the Human Rights and Genocide Symposium at HWS.