Dhruba Kumar is Professor of Political Science at the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal. He was FCO Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, England; Ford Visiting Scholar at the Programme in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA; and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Asian and International Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He has also served on contract as a Professor at IDEC, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan. In 2002, he was a member of the SEAS 2002 Conference jointly sponsored by the USCINCPAC and the Department of State for security professionals of the Asia/Pacific region. He is the author and editor of several edited volumes and has contributed chapters on edited books by different scholars along with numerous research papers published both in national and international journals. His recent publications include Proximate Causes of Conflict in Nepal (2005); Impact of Conflict on Security and the Future: The Case of Nepal (2005); 'Terrorism and Subalterneity II, Understanding Terrorism in Nepal: The Marginalization Syndrome', Imtiaz Ahmed (ed.), Understanding Terrorism in South Asia: Beyond Statist Discourses (2005). He is currently engaged in completing a manuscript on political violence in Nepal.