Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban bombers kill 19, including election workers ..

Bangladesh

Bangladesh, beneficiary of US-China trade war ..

Bhutan

His Majesty, The King met DG of India’s Military Operations ..

China

US should start manipulating the dollar, Donald Trump says ..

CAR's

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

India

80pc and beyond agreed upon ..

Iran

Europe frightened by seriousness of Tehran's measures ..

Maldives

With Indian help work resumes full steam on Maldives coastal radars ..

Nepal

PM Oli ruled out changes in party ideology ..

Pakistan

Pakistan, India ready to resume Kartarpur talks on 14th ..

Sri lanka

President Maithripala Sirisena affirmed on implementing death penalty ..


Roundtable

“Brazil’s Role in the South Asian Region”

- Speaker: H.E Mr. Claudio Lins Ambassador of Brazil
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 11:00am
Venue: IRS Conference Room

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"Building Pakistan- Sri Lanka Think Tank Collaboration"

- Speaker: H.E Mr. Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid
(High Commissioner of Sri Lanka)
Chaired by: Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed
Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations
Date: 01/07/2019 11:00:00 AM

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Farewell to Argentine Republic Ambassador
H.E. Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich

- Tuesday 11.06.2019
Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad

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Media Matters: Responsible News

- Thursday 02 May, 2019.
Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi

Media Matters: Responsible News

- Friday 26 April, 2019.
Islamabad Club, Islamabad

Fake News & Facts in Our Region

International Conference
- 24 - 26 April, 2019.
Islamabad Club, Islamabad


Post-Cold War US Policy towards South Asian Region

Speaker: Dr. Archimidis (Akis) Kalaitzidis
Date: Wednesday 20th Feb, 2019
Time: 1100 hrs
Venue: Conference Room, IRS

The Iranian Revolution: 40 Years On

-Speaker: Raza Naeem
Monday 11th Feb, 2019 - Time: 11:00am
Venue: IRS Conference Room

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The Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in South Asia

- Avari Hotel, Lahore 21 - 23 December, 2018.

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Regional Studies is quarterly journal published by the Institute of Regional Studies. It is also Higher Education Commission . .




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About IRS

The Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) is an independent, non-profit research centre devoted to the study of the region around Pakistan: South Asia, Southwest Asia (Iran, Afghanistan and the Gulf), China, Central Asia as well as the Indian Ocean region. It also studies and analyses policies of major power centers towards South Asia. The Institute was set up in March 1982. It is considered one of Pakistan's leading think tanks. The Institute covers a wide spectrum of research in foreign and internal affairs, economy and industry, science and technology.
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Round Table Discussion
A roundtable discussion on ‘Pakistan-India Relations’, chaired by Dr. Rukhsana Qamber, President IRS, was held at IRS on June 1, 2018. The roundtable featured a power point presentation prepared by Mr. Aarish U. Khan, Editor, into which other IRS scholars had also provided input. The presentation highlighted salient aspects of Pak-India relations including recent developments in Indian foreign relations, situation in Indian occupied Kashmir, latest developments in Pak-India relations, chances of resumption of bilateral peace process, and the upcoming 2019 general elections in India.
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IMPACT OF THE DEMOLITION OF THE BABRI MOSQUE AND GODHRA POGROM ON MUSLIM VOTING BEHAVIOUR: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF GUJARAT, UTTAR PRADESH, AND KERALA

SAEED AHMED RID
Being around fifteen per cent of the total population of India, Indian Muslims constitute a significant minority that cannot be ignored by the political parties in India. Since partition, the Muslims were considered traditional Indian National Congress (INC) constituency, but the failure of the INC to stop the demolition of Babri mosque and Gujarat massacre pushed Muslims to look for other options. In this study, the impact of communal violence on the voting behaviour of Indian Muslims is studied with the help of a comparative study of Muslim voting patterns in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Kerala ..
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WATER SECURITY IN SOUTH ASIA: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

MUHAMMAD FAHEEM AND ASGHAR KHAN
This paper explores the issue of water security in South Asia in the context of the non-traditional security framework. The dynamics of security have witnessed a considerable change in the post-Cold War era. This paper advocates for a broader and more comprehensive approach to understanding national and inter-state security in holistic terms rather than understanding it solely in traditional military terms. The paper attempts to substantiate the comprehensive security approach by analysing the increasing water scarcity between India and Pakistan as an emerging inter-state security threat in the South Asian region ..
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LESSONS FOR PAKISTAN’S EDUCATION SYSTEM FROM THE SOUTH ASIAN REGION

HUMERA IQBAL
The foundation of a country’s progress is based on the achievements attained in the education sector. The paper examines Pakistan’s overall progress in the educational sector and its underlying factors. South Asia is one of the few regions marked among the illiterate of the world. Even among its peers within this illiterate region of the world, Pakistan lags behind in literacy despite its efforts. The paper analyses the causes and consequences of the poor education system in Pakistan. It also studies the impacts of educational shortcomings on the extremism landscape of the country. Best practices of Sri Lanka through a successful model of education to fight extremism and balanced religious education of the Maldives are examined for Pakistan to consider ..
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ENERGY DYNAMICS OF CHINA-PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR (CPEC)

SYED WAQAS HAIDER BUKHARI, MUSARRAT JABEEN, AND QAIM RAZA JAFFRY
Energy security is essential for the economic development of a state. At present, Pakistan is facing an energy shortfall of 6,000 to 7,000MW. This chronic scarcity has severely affected social lives and economic activity in the country. Energy is the pivot of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with an estimated total investment of $4 trillion. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), an integral part of the BRI, is an investment of $62 billion. CPEC apportions $34 billion for the energy sector ..
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Chinese Consulate Attack in Karachi

Agha Hussain Akram

The attack by terrorists of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi on 23 September 2018 represents a sign of hostility from numerous external actors toward the welfare of Pakistan. It is important to note that the BLA is a terrorist organization whose leaders have openly attended talks in India in the past and which, despite frequent targeting of innocent civilians as its victims, finds refuge in European states such as the UK and Switzerland. Sources have also stated that a famous BLA commander affiliated with the attackers is being treated medically in India. The US-backed Kabul regime is also complicit in supporting such anti-Pakistan terrorists.

The attack is significant because it is part of the joint strategic policy of several external actors to attack Pakistan on numerous fronts as part of what is often described as hybrid warfare ¬– warfare using overt and also covert, deniable means involving information propaganda and support to paramilitary groups and non-state actors. The attack itself represented an attempt to isolate Pakistan from a close ally in China by driving a wedge between the two, with the ‘isolation of Pakistan’ being ...

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SELECTIONS FROM REGIONAL PRESS

A fortnightly publication comprising selected clippings from the regional newspapers and periodicals, arranged subject-wise under five main heads.
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Editor's Note

Scholars who have an interest in the regional affairs are invited to contribute to the IRS journal. Submission Guidelines

Aarish U. Khan
Editor
Phone: 92 (051) 9202224, Ext. 112
Email: editorirs@gmail.com


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