Ashish Pradhan Senior Analyst, UN Advocacy and Research New York Crisis Group Role Ashish Pradhan is International Crisis Group's Senior UN Analyst. He joined Crisis Group's UN Team in New York in September 2015 and, alongside the Chief of Policy, represents the organisation at the United Nations. He is responsible for Crisis Group's engagement with the UN Secretariat, Security Council members, and other member states and his work primarily focuses on African and Asian crises. Ashish regularly relays Crisis Group's field-based analysis to UN officials and member state diplomats, especially in the lead-up to key Security Council discussions and resolutions. He also ensures that debates at UNHQ are adequately reflected in Crisis Group's own reporting and policy prescriptions. Ashish previously worked for three years in Crisis Group's Asia Program conducting research on the constitution-writing process in Nepal. He attended The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for his masters and Georgetown University for his bachelors. His areas of expertise include constitution building, ethnic conflict, peacekeeping, and multilateral affairs. In The News 12 Aug 2020 [The U.S. has done] a poor job concealing its intention to capitalize on the arms embargo expiration to dismantle [what remains of the nuclear deal]. The Japan Times Ashish Pradhan Senior Analyst, UN Advocacy and Research 9 Oct 2018 The fear now is whether the person who replaces [Nikki Hayley] will take an even tougher line against the UN, especially with National Security Advisor John Bolton now in the White House. France 24 Ashish Pradhan Senior Analyst, UN Advocacy and Research Latest Updates Op-Ed / Asia 25 January 2021 Oli’s Power Grab Endangers Nepal’s Fragile Democratic Transition The insistence of Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharm Oli on maintaining power marks a potentially dangerous juncture along his drift toward authoritarianism. Originally published in World Politics Review Q&A / Multilateral Diplomacy 17 September 2020 Behind the Snapback Debate at the UN In mid-August, Washington notified the UN Security Council that it was launching a 30-day process to “snap back” UN sanctions against Iran. In this Q&A, Crisis Group experts Richard Gowan, Ashish Pradhan and Naysan Rafati explain what this step implies for the 2015 nuclear agreement. Also available in العربية, فارسی Commentary / The Covid-19 Pandemic and Deadly Conflict 4 August 2020 Salvaging the Security Council’s Coronavirus Response On 1 July, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for a global COVID-19 ceasefire, as the Secretary-General had urged months earlier. Their appeal has fallen flat. Council members should use their August downtime to look at how it might still do some good. Q&A / Global 4 October 2019 What Changed for the World’s Conflicts at the UN General Assembly? The annual United Nations General Assembly high-level session in the last week of September offered leaders and diplomats the chance to address today’s gravest crises. UN Director Richard Gowan and Senior Analyst Ashish Pradhan reflect on what happened and its potential impact on crisis diplomacy. Commentary / Africa 13 April 2018 Keeping the Hotline Open Between Sudan and South Sudan A UN mission has largely succeeded in keeping the peace in Abyei, an oil-rich area claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. But there has been less progress made on the mission's work in aiding political mechanisms to determine the final status of Abyei and demilitarise and demarcate the border. As the UN Security Council debates the mission's scope, these mechanisms deserve ongoing support.