Dr. Nihar R. Nayak is the Consulting Editor at AIDIA. He is Research Fellow with IDSA, New Delhi. His areas of expertise are: political transition in the eastern Himalayan region, soft power diplomacy, left wing extremism, and cooperative security in South Asia. Dr. Nayak has a PhD in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was Visiting Fellow to the Peace Research Institute Oslo in June 2006 and in July 2007. He did a special course on Peace Research at the International Summer School of Oslo University in 2007. He has been Visiting Faculty at the Center for the Study of Nepal, Faculty of Social Science, Banaras Hindu University in 2011. He has been Guest Faculty at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie since September 2006. Dr. Nayak has both national and international publications including the book Strategic Himalayas: Republican Nepal and External Powers.