Afghanistan

Islamic State in Afghanistan Remains a 'Very Worrisome' Threat, US General Says ..

Bangladesh

Security beefed up across the country following Sunday's series bombings in Sri Lanka ..

Bhutan

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

China

China-EU joint efforts crucial to counter unilateralism, protectionism: ambassador ..

CAR's

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

India

SCO Highlights: Need Better Economic Ties with SCO Nations, Says PM Modi. ..

Iran

Iran dismisses US rhetoric, monitoring US change of stance ..

Maldives

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

Nepal

A new Maoist conflict in the making, in Nepal ..

Pakistan

Pakistan is an attractive investment destination,' PM Imran tells SCO heads of ..

Sri lanka

Indian Media is Spreading Fake News”: Sri Lankans outrage over reporting on bomb blasts ..

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.

The Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in South Asia

- Margala Motel, Islamabad 17 - 19 December, 2018.


UPCOMING

Tender Notice

  • TS393025E
    Supply of 2 Standing Chillers
    Closing Date: 28/6/2019 11:00:00 AM details

  • TS393024E
    Printing of Annual Report etc
    Closing Date: 28/6/2019 11:00:00 AM details

Selections

April 16 – 30, 2019

I - Foreign Affair India and China, the two Asian giants, sharing a long border, continue to engage with each other in a complex world where their national interests may not always converge. Indian print media continues to cover the developments taking place between the two countries. Indian foreign secretary paid an official visit to China recently at a time when New Delhi had indicated its unwillingness to participate in the second Belt and Road Initiative forum citing its reservations with regards to the contested geography the project is planned to be built on. Therefore, the interactions which took place during the aforementioned visit, could by no means be a smooth sail. The thorny issue of listing Masood Azhar as a terrorist and other issues of bilateral interest were said to have come under discussion. The two sides were quoted as saying that the interaction was part of the efforts by the two sides to follow up on the Wuhan summit, in which the top leaders of the two countries had pledged to enhance mutual cooperation in a host of areas of common interest.


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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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ARCHITECTURE OF CYBERSPACE AS AN EVOLVING SECURITY PARADIGM IN SOUTH ASIA: PAKISTAN-INDIA CYBER SECURITY STRATEGY

MUHAMMAD BAQIR MALIK
This paper aims to develop a preliminary hypothesis for the South Asian region to identify the relationship between technology and national security. The paper studies the evolving trends of technology that have changed the security paradigm. To manage the security risk in a complex and dynamic digital environment, a new set of strategy and thinking is needed both in Pakistan and India to complement the traditional security approaches. Cybernetics realism is the proposed theoretical model for national security in South Asia in the age of cyber technology. The paper is divided into three sections. The first section discusses the theoretical framework of this evolving security paradigm, which examines the working mechanism of cybernetics realism in South Asia as a strategic power ..
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PAK-RUSSIA RELATIONS: A RESET IN THE MAKING?

SARFRAZ KHAN & NOOR-UL-AMIN
Although Pakistan and the Russian Federation did not directly have antagonistic relations, they were unable to develop mutually beneficial political, economic, and trade links ever since diplomatic ties were established. Despite an unenviable past marred by lost opportunities and misplaced and unrealistic expectations, there exists a vast potential in the development of Pak-Russia bilateral cooperation in the fields of diplomacy, trade, energy, science, technology, mining, curbing drug trafficking, extremism, and terrorism ..
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SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES AND INDUSTRIAL PARKS UNDER CPEC: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

MEHMOOD HUSSAIN & SUMARA MEHMOOD
China introduced the policy of ‘go global’ (Zou Chuqu), in the 1990s to explore the overseas markets for building global brands. The strategic purpose for the establishment of industrial and trade zones abroad was to increase demand for Chinese manufactured machinery, boost export-oriented growth, restructure domestic value chain, and work overseas in joint ventures and transfer of the successful Chinese Special Economic Zones (SEZs) model. In 2006, the Ministry of Commerce of China (MOFCOM) unveiled its intentions to build more than fifty SEZs across the globe. Consequently, by 2010 more than 200 Chinese companies invested $700 million in the development of 16 SEZs and generated $2.5 billion dollars in revenue ..
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INDO-US RELATIONS UNDER MODI: FROM CONVERGENCE OF INTERESTS TO EMBRACE

MARYAM MASTOOR
This paper aims to highlight a promising change in the relationship between the US and India under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. He appears to be a harbinger of change for Indian foreign policy which was restrained and hesitant in the past. India and the US came closer due to a variety of factors. The mutual economic benefits are playing an important role in keeping the coalition ..
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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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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
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Phone: 92 (051) 9202224, Ext. 112
Email: editorirs@gmail.com


Books

  • SOUTH ASIA AND CENTRAL ASIA: BUILDING ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL LINKAGES

  • GLOBAL TERRORISM: GENESIS, IMPLICATIONS, REMEDIAL & COUNTERMEASURES

  • AFGHANISTAN: UNABATED TURMOIL

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Opportunity

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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