Afghanistan

Pakistan, Afghanistan inaugurate 24/7 Torkham border ..

Bangladesh

Bangladesh, beneficiary of US-China trade war ..

Bhutan

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

China

Hong Kong protests will have ‘unbearable and devastating consequences’ ..

India

Ayodhya verdict: SC awards disputed land to Hindus for Ram temple ..

Iran

Door open to diplomacy if Trump lifts sanctions on ..

Maldives

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

Nepal

PM Oli ruled out changes in party ideology ..

Pakistan

Pakistan to invite Manmohan Singh ..

Sri lanka

President Maithripala Sirisena affirmed on implementing death penalty ..


Potential for Regional Cooperation in Cyberspace

Speaker: I. Dr. Richard Wilcox (Cyber-mediation Senior Adviser, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue)
II. Mr. Adam Cooper (Senior Programme Manager Cyber-Mediation, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue)

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EU Global Strategy

Speaker: Ms Anne Marchal
Chargé d'Affaires
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time: 11:00am
Venue: IRS Conference Room

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Certificate Distribution Ceremony

Chief Guest: Aftab Ahmed Khokar
DG Foreign Service Academy
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Venue: IRS Library

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Roundtable

“Brazil’s Role in the South Asian Region”

- Speaker: H.E Mr. Claudio Lins Ambassador of Brazil
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 11:00am
Venue: IRS Conference Room

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"Building Pakistan- Sri Lanka Think Tank Collaboration"

- Speaker: H.E Mr. Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid
(High Commissioner of Sri Lanka)
Chaired by: Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed
Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations
Date: 01/07/2019 11:00:00 AM

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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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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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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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THE ISLAMIC STATE IN AFGHANISTAN: AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

AMINA KHAN AND AWAIS ALI SYED
After nearly two decades since the US invasion of Afghanistan, the country continues to wrestle with a plethora of problems. Political instability, deteriorating security, poor governance, unsuccessful peace talks with the Taliban, and the presence of 21 terrorist groups including the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) continue to haunt Afghanistan’s potential for a prosperous future. The official emergence of the ISKP in Afghanistan in 2015 brought with it a set of new challenges for the already war-torn country and complicated the path to peace as they came along ..
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EXAMINING INDIA’S STRATEGIC CULTURE AND MARITIME DOCTRINAL GROWTH: THE INDO-PACIFIC IN PERSPECTIVE

UMM-E-HABIBA AND MUHAMMAD AZAM KHAN
During much of the Cold War, New Delhi’s strategic perceptions remained overwhelmingly land-centric. Maritime thinking and significance of naval power took a secondary spot in the Indian strategic and security perception. A surge in the country’s economy and post-9/11 developments rapidly transformed the country’s strategic culture. New Delhi placed a renewed focus on naval modernisation, while maritime thinking (strategy and doctrinal growth), as well as blue water naval ambitions, became pronounced ..
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THE ECONOMICS AND POLITICS OF CHINA-PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR AND BALOCHISTAN

MANZOOR AHMED
As part of the enormous new Silk Route project or the One Belt One Road initiative, the governments of Pakistan and China developed a proposal in the mid-2000s to create an economic corridor from Kashgar, Xinjiang, in China to Gwadar, Balochistan, in Pakistan with an aim to promote national, bilateral, and international economic integration. Essentially driven to improve regional and global trade networks, the resulting China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was formally launched in 2013 with the initially planned portfolio of infrastructure, energy, and economic projects worth around $64 billion. Amidst an optimism in Pakistan of CPEC having a transformational effect on the economy, there is an extensive public debate in Pakistan about the potential impact of CPEC on the already ..
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WAQAR HUSSAIN, KHURRAM MAQSOOD AHMAD, AND FAIZ UR REHMAN

WAQAR HUSSAIN, KHURRAM MAQSOOD AHMAD, AND FAIZ UR REHMAN
South Asian security dynamics are characterised by divergent security goals of India and Pakistan. Pakistan developed nuclear weapons as a power balancer against India, which was at an advantageous position over Pakistan in terms of conventional weaponry and forces. As there exists a balance of power, thanks to the possession of nuclear weapons often referred to as the balance of terror, there is strategic stability in South Asia. However, this strategic stability comes at the expense of continued nuclear armaments and technology development by India and Pakistan. There is a peculiar nature of competition between India and Pakistan ..
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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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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


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

HCA Spring Academy 2020
American Studies
Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics & Religion
HCA Spring Academy 2020
• An international network for Ph.D. students
• A one-week interdisciplinary conference at Heidelberg
• March 23-27, 2020
• Deadline for applications: November 15, 2019
• www.hca-springacademy.de

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Opportunity

11th Farabi International Award on Humanities and Islamic Studies
Applications are invited from researchers/scholars for "11th Farabi International Award on Humanities and Islamic Studies" in two categories i.e.of Iranian and Islamic Studies. For this purpose, distinguished works completed by Pakistani Researchers during last three years form March 2016 to March 2019 can be submitted for scrutiny and evaluation to the "Farabi Award Secretariat" till October 07, 2019 through website of the award as: www.farabiaward.ir.
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