Afghanistan

Bombing in Afghanistan Kills at Least 68 at Peaceful Protest ..

Bangladesh

9,000MW power to be imported by 2041, Hasina, Modi jointly open electricity interconnection ..

Bhutan

Bhutan PM’s party, which established good relations with India, ousted in election ..

China

China asked for WTO authorization to impose sanctions on U.S. goods ..

India

BIMSTEC embarrassment for India ..

Iran

Israel Strikes Iranian Arms Shipment at Damascus Airport ..

Maldives

Concern over Maldives mounting on debt to China ..

Nepal

Nepal to skip BIMSTEC military drill in India ..

Pakistan

Pakistan and China agreed to broaden CPEC base ..

Siri Lanka

China welcomes PM’s statement on Chinese on ‘debt trap’ ..

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain visit

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain visiting different sections of Institute of Regional Studies ..

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Roundtable on
"BCIM-EC & CPEC within China’s Belt-and-Road-Initiatives"

Dr Li Jing Feng, has said that China asked its state-owned companies to invest in Pakistan and transfer technology to Pakistan under CPEC. Dr Li was answering questions at a roundtable on “BCIM-EC & CPEC within China’s Belt-and-Road-Initiatives” organised by Institute of Regional Studies here Monday ..

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Seminar on
"Crossroads of Regional Integration"

Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Syed Ali Zafar on Monday said that first and foremost component for regional cooperation and integration among the states was peace in the region. Delivering his keynote address ...

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Roundtable with Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich on "Avoiding a Nuclear Weapon Race: The case of Argentina and Brazil in the 1970's and 80's".


Ambassador of Argentine Ivan Ivanissevich has said that nuclear competition between the two Latin American giants Argentina and Brazil was settled after a series of confidence building measures aimed at offsetting the pressure of some...

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Roundtable on ‘Overcoming conflicts with neighbouring countries: the case of Argentina’

Argentine Ambassador Ivan Ivanissevich gave an overview of the way in which Argentina and its neighbouring countries overcame during the 20th century various border disputes and contentious issues regarding the use of the river Parana and competition in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

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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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UPCOMING

  • Selections from regional press
  • 20-09-2018
  • Regional Studies
  • Summer Issue

Selections

August 16 - 31, 2018

I - Foreign Affair After the completion of one year since the Doklam stand-off between India and China, print media in India has reviewed the developments that have taken place in relations between New Delhi and Beijing. Many positive things have happened in relations between the two Asian giants, which include interaction between the leaders of the two countries on the eve of the SCO summit last September, the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in April, and the more recent four-day visit to India by the Chinese defence minister. In all these interactions, the two sides are reported to have re-iterated their resolve to work towards peaceful resolutions of all mutual issues and for working towards measures so as the two countries never again land in a Doklam-like situation. However, commentators continue to be worried about the fact that despite all the good things that have happened between the two countries, New Delhi and Beijing have not moved forward on the main dispute, that is the contentious border, the “Dragon in the room”.

Print media in India has also reported on the conduct of counter-terror drill under the umbrella of the SCO, which took place in Russia, and in which soldiers from the member states, including from India and Pakistan, participated. The Chinese government is reported to have stated that the participation of the two South Asian countries was a welcome development, and that such events provided precious platforms to the two hostile countries for mutual understanding and confidence building. In another related development, an official of Chinese foreign ministry is reported to have stated that ties between New Delhi and Islamabad were key to regional stability, and that China was willing to play a constructive role towards helping improve relations between the two South Asian neighbours. However, he made clear that his comment should not be taken as a Chinese offer for mediation ..


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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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Maritime Security of Bangladesh: Strategic Imperatives

Abul Kalam
The paper analyses maritime security concerns of Bangladesh and its evolving oceanic policies from a strategic vantage point. Towards such an end, it reviews the strategic analytical tradition from a maritime perspective and identifies the relevant approaches in this context. It then highlights a conceptual design encompassing applicable notions that look pertinent. The conceptual blueprint is then used for analysing the evolving pattern of the nation’s maritime policies in terms of strategy and a secured developmental destiny.
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Role of Development Cooperation in Implementing the 2030 Agenda: Time for More and Better Aid

Murad Ali
This paper examines the role and significance of international development cooperation in implementing the 2030 Agenda and achieving the 17 SDGs. Besides ODA, the paper also reflects on other means of financing such as aid from non-traditional donors, climate fund, and private financing. It argues that in view of the ambitious nature of the SDGs and lack of resources and capacities in numerous countries, there is a need for significant quantitative and qualitative increase in ODA in line with requirements of the SDGs.
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Muslim Women’s Support for Fundamentalism: Comparing Iran and Pakistan

Aisha Anees Malik
This paper draws a distinction between the case of Islamic feminists in Iran and Pakistan using the framework of Kandiyoti’s ‘bargaining with patriarchy’ and Jalal’s ‘convenience of subservience’. It is argued in this study that the feminists in Iran are engaged in an active debate with the republic, bargaining to negotiate concessions for women. Grounding their arguments in the words of the Holy Quran and Hadith, a language that the fundamentalists understand, they have won considerable ground.
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China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Economic Implications for Balochistan, Pakistan

Manzoor Ahmed
This paper attempts to analyse how CPEC can be instrumental in changing the social and economic landscape of Balochistan. The study, while analyzing various aspects of Balochistan’s economy, argues that the CPEC enterprise has an enormous significance for the social and economic development of Balochistan. With numerous growth nodes and economic corridors, Balochistan needs Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and greater connectivity.
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Focus periodical

THE FIRST ENLARGEMENT OF SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS

Nabila Jaffer

The organization formed on 15 June 2001 announced its first-ever and long-awaited enlargement on July 2015 during the 15th summit in Ufa, Russia. It officially received India and Pakistan as members and upgraded Belarus status to observer. It also added Azerbaijan, Armenia Cambodia and Nepal as new dialogue partners joining Turkey and Sri Lanka.This paper aims to analyze future implications of this expansion to South Asia.

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THE ROAD TO PAKISTAN'S DISMEMBERMENT: 1971

Maryam Mastoor

On 16th December 1971, Pakistan got dismembered. East Pakistan became Bangladesh. There are various narratives about this incident. A bulk of literature has focused on 'what' happened in 1971? How many were killed? Who is to blame? However, little effort and attention have been to the question of 'why'. Why did Pakistan got dismembered?

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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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Regional Studies

ISSN: 0254-7988
Regional Studies is quarterly journal published by the Institute of Regional Studies. It is also Higher Education Commission . .
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