Date(s) - 11/14/2019
7:30 am - 10:00 am

Sands Regency Hotel


Global Political Warming in the Himalayas:
Nepal and Communism 2019

A Presentation and Discussion with:

Dr. Thomas A. Marks
Distinguished Professor, National Defense University

Below is a link to his presentation


Dr. Antonia Neubauer
READ Global Founder, NSF member

Below is a link to her presentation


“Chasing angels, or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”   (Jeffrey Rasley in Bringing Progress to Paradise)

For most of us Nepal conjures up images of the stark pyramid face of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) or Hindu temples nestled in villages at the base of towering mountains, or idyllic scenes of colorful prayer flags strewn above icy streams. Yes this is Nepal, but it is not all that is Nepal.

Nepal is a landlocked South Asian country located mostly in the Himalayas with a population of 26.4 million and a complex geography of fertile plains, forested hills, and eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world. Its rich ethnic and cultural diversity embraces followers of the major eastern religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, along with Islam, Kirant, Christianity, and Animism. Nepal has also weathered political storms worthy of those claiming lives on its lofty summits.

“For more than a decade, February 1996 to November 2006, Nepal was buffeted by an overt effort by a radical, left-wing group…to overthrow the existing government and remake society according to the Party’s understanding of the works of Mao Tse-tung…Throughout the prosecution of their ‘people’s war,” the Maoists used a mix of violent and non-violent actions (e.g., terrorism mixed with propaganda)…” (Thomas Marks, Post-Conflict Terrorism in Nepal, J. Counterterrorism, & Homeland Security International, Spring 2015)

Complicating the political and military situation in Nepal are the challenges of nature and economics including devastating earthquakes, warming temperatures, melting glaciers, and the never-ending parade of western tourists who want to scale the world’s tallest peaks…for a price. NSF is privileged to have two outstanding Sherpas to guide us through Nepal’s arduous political terrain and share a glimpse of life in the country wedged between China and India that is often called “the yam between two boulders.”

Come join us for Tom and Toni’s tour of the country in the clouds.

For some light reading in advance here are a series of very informative articles about Nepal penned by and about Tom.:

Red on Red

Expert Speaks on Nepal

Roots of Conflict

Post Conflict – Terrorism in Nepal

Dr. Thomas A. Marks is Chair of Irregular Warfighting Strategy at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, and a scholar of irregular warfare and counterinsurgency strategies. Tom has written numerous treatises on the complex and somewhat tenuous political situation in Nepal. Tom will share his insight on the political and military turmoil in Nepal has challenged many U.S. Administrations forcing us to reassess our response to communist insurgencies mixed with terrorism and heavily influenced by the political winds blowing in from the frigid north (China) and more temperate south (India).

Dr. Antonia (Toni) Neubauer is the Founder of READ-Global, Founder of Myths and Mountains, and a regular NSF participant. Her extensive experience leading both philanthropic projects and tours in Nepal have given her a perspective on the life in Nepalese communities far flung from the politics in Kathmandu. Together Tom and Toni will help us understand why the security situation in Nepal continues to be a national security issue for the United States and what Nepal, the United States, and others, can do to keep the peace or at least not feed the beasts of civil war, communist insurrection, and terrorism.

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