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International Politics of Bhutan
By comparing the situations of Bhutan and Nepal in their relations with India, this article discusses international political theories concerning the functions of small states within the international...
Predator-Prey Dynamics: The Role of Predators in the Control of Problem Species
This article presents a study that found increasing numbers of wild dogs (Cuon alpinus) corresponded to decreasing numbers of wild boars (Sus scrofa) in Bhutan. This has important implic...
Changing Soil Fertility Management in Bhutan: Effects on Practices, Nutrients Status and Sustainability
This paper is based on a study which examined soil fertility management (SFM) systems in Bhutan in an attempt to determine the sustainability of these systems. While traditional systems of SFM based o...
The Myth and the Mystery of Aja Nye
This article discusses the sacred site of Aja Nye (a brgya gnas), a three day walk from Mongar Dzong in Bhutan. Padmasambhava is said to have meditated in a cave at this spot, and subsequently a hundr...
Security of Bhutan: Walking Between the Giants
A review of Bhutan's security issues in light of its position between India and China. Bhutan's relationship with its two neighbors has largely been defined by Chinese claims on Bhutanese territory. W...
A 17th Century Stone Inscription from Ura Village
This article examines an inscription on a maṇi wall in the village of Ura in southeastern Bhutan that the author noticed during a stay in the area in 2002. The inscription records that the wall was ...
Bhutanese Public Policy in the 'Century of Interdependence'
This article advocates the adoption of Buddhist perspectives in meeting the challenges posed by increasing global "interdependence." It argues that globalization has added significant complexity to th...
Television, Materialism and Culture: An Exploration of Imported Media and its Implications for GNH
The author attempts to articulate some of the negative aspects of commercial television as an aid to Bhutanese policy formation on the new medium (television was officially introduced to Bhutan in 199...
Poverty Alleviation: A Buddhist Perspective
The author argues that the current predominant strategy for alleviating poverty, economic growth and development in and of itself, is not working. Drawing on Buddhist sūtras, the author examines what...
Formation of the State of Bhutan (’Brug gzhung) in the 17th Century and its Tibetan Antecedents
This article deals with the founding of the religious state of Bhutan ('bras ljongs) by Zhapdrung Ngawang namgyel (zhabs drung ngag dbang rnam rgyal) in the 17th century. Internal power struggles with...
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