Red on Red in Nepal: Maoist Insurgency Redux 




Recent political violence in Nepal by the radical Chand aka Biplav faction should not have come as a surprise. Behind the national self-congratulation concerning termination of the insurgency in November 2006, all Maoist factions have ignored the continued use of terrorism by local operatives, both to ensure the outcome of polls and to amass the funds needed for political action. In fact, turning a blind-eye to local violence has been a hallmark of the post-conflict order. Now, events have progressed to the point that this is no longer possible, as radical Maoist insurgent actions against a communist government that includes the mainstream Maoists have forced a reaction. The result is a fraught Red on Red confrontation.

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(Thomas A. Marks, a member of MISS advisory board, is Distinguished Professor and MG Edward Lansdale Chair of Irregular Warfighting Strategy at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA) of the National Defense University (NDU) at Ft. McNair, Washington, DC. All content is personal and does not represent the position of NDU, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government. This monograph is published as part of Mantraya’s ongoing “Mapping Terror and Insurgent Network” project. All MISS publications are peer-reviewed.)