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Sam Cowan is a retired British general who knows Nepal well through his British Gurkha connections. He trekked extensively in east and west Nepal during his service, including during the Maoist conflict. Since his retirement eleven years ago, he has trekked at length through most of the Tibetan-speaking lands on Nepal's northern border. He has written about the Maoist conflict, including an article: "Inside the People's Liberation Army: a Military Perspective", published in the European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, Number 37, 2011 and in "Revolution in Nepal: An Anthropological and Historical Approach to the People's War", OUP Delhi, 2013.

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