Afghanistan

Suicide attack targets Afghanistan election workers in Kabul ..

Bangladesh

Global concerns on Rohingya refugees: Visiting Spanish delegation urged global awareness about Rohingya sufferings ..

Bhutan

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

China

China’s non-financial outbound FDI reaches US$82 bn in first three quarters of 2018 ..

CAR's

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

India

India, China ink security pact, Delhi raises Masood Azhar issue ..

Iran

Italy reiterates support for Iran deal ..

Maldives

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

Nepal

Tension near Nepal-India border: dispute over immersion of Durga ..

Pakistan

Pakistan warns of aggressive campaign against India over IWT violations ..

Sri lanka

Assassination Plot against Sri Lankan President: News appeared ..

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

  • Selections from regional press
  • 25-11-2018

  • Regional Studies
  • Summer Issue

Selections

October 16 – 31, 2018

I - Foreign Affair Opinion leaders in Indian press have commented on relations between India and the United States in the context of the reported refusal by President Trump to participate as the chief guest in India’s annual Republic Day parade to be held soon in New Delhi. They see this in the context of ex-president Obama when he postponed his state of the union address in 2015 to participate in the above-mentioned event. That was the level of importance that he attached to the bilateral relationship, they argue. As against President Obama whose style of diplomacy with partners such as India in forging enduring strategic partnership was different, President Trump’s style is characterized by deal-making and transactionalism.

This style of his diplomacy can be seen, analysts argue – from the perspective of deal-making – in the recent India-US signing of the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement, and as a proof of his diplomacy being based on transactions, in terms of his tariffs and sanctions policies towards India. He conducts foreign relations in a manner that is more business-like than like a statesman. Analysts also argue that the two sides need to reconcile their respective understandings of the meaning of strategic partnership. New Delhi, they say, looks at the USIndia strategic partnership from the prism of technology transfers and intelligence sharing in terrorism-related matters, while ‘US conceptions envision deep levels of operational cooperation to which New Delhi has not assented.’ ..


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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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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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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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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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