School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Academics / PhD in Interntaional Conflict Mgmt: Current Students

Current Ph.D. Students

Kumar Khadka


Kumar Khadka graduated from Tribhuvan University in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (a program funded by Norway and executed in collaboration with University of Life Sciences-Norway, Tribhuvan University-Nepal, Eastern University and University of Ruhuna-Sri Lanka). He has undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations. In addition, he earned an eighteen months diploma in Community Development.

He enrolled in the INCM PhD Program at Kennesaw State University to better understand the theoretical foundation of international conflict management and its practice in the field as well as to enhance the skills and techniques of practice, research, and analysis. His research interest includes foreign aid, peacebuilding, identity and ethnic conflicts, political violence, governance and regime change.

His dissertation topic is Foreign Aid and Peacebuilding and will assess types of regimes and their interaction with foreign aid in post-conflict peacebuilding. He has selected Nepal as a case study and also doing a comparative analysis of 55 (including past and present) post-conflict peacebuilding countries quantitatively.

Before joining Kennesaw State’s INCM PhD Program in 2013, he worked with different national and international organizations in various positions. He started his career as a social worker in 2002. He was Secretary of National Steering Committee for Volunteerism under National Planning Commission of Nepal. He worked with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal as a Program Coordinator for Local Governance and Community Development Program (LGCDP), which was executed by the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development. He also worked with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme in Nepal as a National Coordinator. He was a Youth Focal Point for United Nations Youth Advisory Panel in Nepal and also served as a member of High Level Volunteerism Policy Formulatiuon Task Force under National Planning Commission of Nepal. He worked as a Program Coordinator in Community Development Resource Center, which is a national level NGO in Nepal.

Moreover, he is the founder & central secretariat member of Youth NGO Federation of Nepal and central member and advisor of Population Studies and Management Federation of Nepal. He is also the founding member of Social Mobilizer’s Association of Nepal.

Areas of Interest
Nepal; Developing Countries; Post-conflict Reconstruction; Peacebuilding; Foreign Aid; Ethno-religious Violence; Identity conflicts; Regime Change; Governance; Policy Reforms