Ambassador Suresh Chandra Chalise, who represents the country of Nepal in Washington, D.C., will give a public lecture about “Peace and Democracy in Nepal: Current Challenges” at the Storrs campus on Nov. 3.
His talk will begin at 4:30 p.m., in the Asian American Cultural Center, on the fourth floor of the Student Union.
Chalise has also represented Nepal in the United Nations and in China, and has taken part in many international forums as a Nepali representative. He has recently been advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal on foreign affairs.
He has contributed to the peace process, facilitating the government of Nepal’s negotiations with the Maoist People’s Liberation Army and with the United Nations to bring an end to the insurgency.
He received his Ph.D. in political sociology from Benaras Hindu University in India, and has dedicated his life to understanding and alleviating poverty, repression, and discrimination.
He has consulted for many international organizations and has published extensively on political development and poverty reduction in articles and books.
His publications include Sociology of the Legislative Elite in Development Society, Women in Politics in Nepal: Their Socio-economic, Health, Legal, and Political Constraints (co-author), and Nepal Human Development Report 2004: Empowerment and Poverty Reduction (contributor).