Gaurab Shumsher Thapa is an analyst, researcher and writer on matters related to international relations. He is the President of the Nepal Forum of International Relations Studies (NEPAL FIRST). He holds an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. His key areas of interest include foreign policy and diplomatic history of Nepal, foreign policy of Nepal vis-à-vis India, China, and the United States, geopolitics and South Asian politics. He is also a member of Nepal Council of World Affairs (NCWA).