Afghanistan

Afghan peace push backed by surge in air strikes, operations ..

Bangladesh

Repatriation begins: Long awaited repatriation has begun ..

Bhutan

Petroleum issue in Bhutan border causing heavy revenue loss for India ..

China

Xi, Putin, Modi agree to increase trilateral cooperation on the sidelines of G20 summit ..

CAR's

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

India

US general addresses Pakistan concerns on India’s role in Afghanistan ..

Iran

2 martyred, 28 injured in Chabahar blast ..

Maldives

High Court overturns ex-president Gayoom’s conviction ..

Nepal

Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting scheduled ..

Pakistan

Pak-India trade much below full potential: World Bank ..

Sri lanka

Temple Trees’ Crisis ..

Contemporary Muslim Theologians of Non-violence

Dr. Marcia Hermansen, Director, the Islamic World Studies Programme, Theology Department, Loyola University, Chicago, US, has said that Islam is a religion of peace and permits Jihad only in defence and as a last resort ..

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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

  • Pakistan and Central Asia: Cementing Bonds of Friendship through Culture"
  • 13 December, 2018 at 10:30 hours.
    - Dr. Nadeem Omar Tarar,
    Vice President Council of Social Sciences (COSS).
    - Presided by Chaudhry Fawad Hussain,
    Honourable Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage.

  • Workshop on "Human Trafficking" in Collaboration with American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Islamabad and Council of Social Sciences (COSS).
  • 17th - 19th December, 2018 at Margalla Motel, Islamabad.

  • Selections from regional press
  • 20-12-2018

  • Regional Studies
  • Summer Issue

Selections

November 16 – 30, 2018

I - Foreign Affair India’s two complex bilateral relationships, i.e. New Delhi’s relations with Washington and Tehran, continues to be discussed by commentators in Indian print media. Iran is an attractive source of oil import for India, while Washington expects its allies not to do business with Tehran. Although the Trump administration has allowed a temporary exemption to a few countries, including India, on imports of crude oil from Iran, situation will change when the six months’ period comes to an end. The Trump administration has expressed its interest in increasing its oil exports to its allies, including to India. India is reported to have imported 15 million barrels of crude oil from the US until last July, compared to its total import of eight million barrels in 2017. This is in line with the Trump’s administration’s assertion that the US is the largest producer of fossil fuels, and that it is capable of increasing its exports to allies, thus making the need of imports from Iran irrelevant. According to analysts, New Delhi will have to walk the tightrope that is its bilateral relationships with Tehran and Washington, both strategically important for New Delhi. Given the complex dynamics of developments in West Asia and the Indian Ocean, New Delhi is said to be in a strong position to balance its relations with the US, Iran, China, Russia and the Gulf. One example of that, according to experts on Indian foreign policy, is the US agreeing to India to continue developing Chabahar port in Iran, which is important for developing the war-torn neighboring Afghanistan, and which enables India to bypass Pakistan and reach Central Asia.

Relations between India and Pakistan, another complex bilateral relationship, occupies the Centre stage in Indian print media ever since the inauguration of Kartarpur corridor. Experts on India-Pakistan relations have, by and large, welcomed the development and termed it a good opportunity for New Delhi to engage with Pakistan in a constructive dialogue process. However, New Delhi is found to be lacking in taking advantage of the opportunity as the Indian government is reported to have stated that the Kartarpur episode should be seen in isolation, and should not be attached too much importance vis-a-vis the overall bilateral relationship between the two South Asian neighbours. New Delhi has since reiterated its stated position that dialogue could be considered only after Pakistan stopped exporting terror. Indian foreign ministry is reported to have stated that despite Kartarpur, New Delhi is not going to participate in SAARC summit in Pakistan. Most diplomatic commentators have criticized New Delhi for once again having missed a precious opportunity for resumption of dialogue with Pakistan, after New Delhi first agreed in September this year, then retracted from a meeting on foreign ministers’ level on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.


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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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CHINA-BENGAL TRADITIONAL RELATIONS IN THE PRE-EUROPEAN TIMES: AN ENQUIRY

MD. SAFIQUL ISLAM
The paper focuses on the nature of traditional relations between China and Bengal in the pre-European times. Cultural exchange, trade, and diplomatic relations between the two countries had existed since the ancient period, particularly, during the Han, Tang, Yuan, and Ming dynasties of China. The ancient Silk Road and Maritime Road facilitated ..
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IS CPEC REALLY A GIFT? CHINA’S MODEL OF DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND ITS RISING ROLE AS A DEVELOPMENT ACTOR IN PAKISTAN

MURAD ALI
With the rise of China as a leading development actor at the global stage, especially following the launch of President Xi’s signature foreign economic plan under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), there is an unprecedented focus on China’s model of international development financing. This paper aims to unpack China’s foreign aid policy and practice ..
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IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AND ITS FUTURE UNDER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

SHAMS UZ ZAMAN
The successful nuclear deal signed between Iran and P5+1 nations, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), limited Iran’s nuclear activities, placing these under the watch of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The deal has not only increased Iran’s breakout time to develop nuclear weapons to more than a decade but has also diminished the threat of Iran-Israel confrontation ..
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MARITIME FUTURE OF THE INDIAN OCEAN: NEED FOR A REGIONAL COOPERATIVE SECURITY ARCHITECTURE

SANA SAGHIR
The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) has morphed into the geopolitical epicentre of the 21st century. The shifting global balance of power, evolving traditional and non-traditional security challenges, and a vigorous ensuing arms race are the harbingers of renewed tensions in the Indian Ocean. ..
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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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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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Falak Sufi Scholarship
The Graduate School of Arts and Science of New York University is pleased to announce the Falak Sufi Scholarships awarded by the master’s program in Near Eastern Studies at the Kevorkian Center. Candidates for the master’s program in Near Eastern Studies are eligible to apply, including applicants to the program’s joint degree with Journalism, the concentration with Museum Studies, and the business track. ...
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