Afghanistan

U.S. Airstrike Kills Afghan Forces Amid Battle With Taliban ..

Bangladesh

International community must persuade Myanmar government to take back their nationals ..

Bhutan

Bhutan Records Highest Number Of International Leisure Tourist Arrivals In 2017 ..

China

Indo-Pacific strategy more a geopolitical military alliance: opinion ..

India

Scrapping of Article 35 a that ensures permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir some privileges, raised concerns ..

Iran

Iran, North Korea seek closer ties amid US bans ..

Maldives

Five islands are to be destroyed for an airport project in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll, an environmental impact assessment has revealed ..

Nepal

Nepal to push for more Indian investments ..

Pakistan

Pakistan Russia signed historic defence cooperation agreement ..

Siri Lanka

Govt. won’t turn back on its economic policies - Eran Wickramaratne ..

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

  • Rountable
  • Friday 17-08-2018, 11:00am
    - Discussion on Webpage
  • Roundtable on "BCIM-EC & CPEC within China's Belt-and-Road-Initiatives"
    Monday 20, August 2018
    Time: 09:30-10:30am - Dr Li Jingfeng, Director, Regional Studies and Strategies Research Center, Academy of Social Sciences, Sichuan Province.
  • Selections from regional press
  • 28-08-2018
  • Regional Studies
  • Summer Issue

Selections

July 16 - 31, 2018

I - Foreign Affair US and India are set to meet in New Delhi on September 6 in the so-called 2+2 dialogue which was postponed last month by the US due to some unavoidable reasons as was then stated by the US government. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis are scheduled to reach New Delhi for the meeting with their Indian counterparts. The 2+2 dialogue process was decided upon during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US last year. The process is seen as a step towards taking the bilateral relationship and strategic partnership to the next level in the context of the two parties converging views with regard to security in the Indo-Pacific. Moreover, commentators in print media have cautioned New Delhi while dealing with an unpredictable US president. Mr. Trump is reported to have categorized many old US allies in Europe as foes in his recent travel to the continent. Therefore, for as long as President Trump controls the White House, nothing can be said with certainty about US foreign policy, including its policy towards India. ...

II – INTERNAL AFFAIRS No confidence motion in Indian Lok Sabha against BJP tabled by the Congress and the Congress party’s use of religious rhetoric to win public support in the coming elections remained some of the main topics in Indian print media. The Congress party has remained one of leading defenders of Indian secular political order since India’s independence. It has vehemently criticized the BJP for its use of religion in politics. However, some of Congress party leaders’ recent rhetoric in which it is accused of mixing religion with politics is strongly criticized both from within, and from without the Congress party. Rahul Gandhi is reported to have stated that he will engage in dialogue with “Muslim intellectuals”, which is one such instance. Another example of the Congress “falling into BJP’s trap” is another senior party leader Shashi Tharoor stating that the BJP, if returned to power in the 2009 elections, will turn India into “Hindu Pakistan”. Commentators have urged the Congress to work towards addressing this “ideological dilemma” as soon as possible ...

III – ECONOMIC, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS According to Indian print media, Foreign Direct investment (FDI) in some key Indian states have jumped significantly over the past year. Karnataka leads in recording the highest increase with 8.58 billion USD, with an increase of 2.13 billion over the previous year, followed by Tamil Nadu with a total FDI of 3.47 billion, an increase of 56 percent over the year 2017/18. Other states, including Gujrat, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh recorded decreases in net FDI inflows over the ongoing financial year ...

IV – DEFENCE NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY New Delhi is reported to be engaged in a dialogue with Washington DC for procurement of advanced air defence system for the purpose of providing security umbrella to the capital New Delhi against aerial attacks. Negotiations are reported to have been initiated for the shield which will cost New Delhi one billion USD. The system aims at protecting the capital territory from 9/11 type of attacks ...


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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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Recent Events

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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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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