Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban announce talks with US in Islamabad: spokesman ..

Bangladesh

The United States House of Representative recently passed ..

Bhutan

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

China

China to lift another ten million people out of poverty in 2019 ..

CAR's

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

India

Choose the date, place and time to retaliate: PM Modi tells forces after Pulwama attack ..

Iran

Iran’s exports to Russia increase 36% in 2018 ..

Maldives

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

Nepal

Status of Bhutanese refugees ..

Pakistan

Pakistan in behind-the-scenes push to aid US-Taliban talks ..

Sri lanka

Twist in Sri Lanka politics ..

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.

Pakistan and Central Asia: Cementing Bonds of Friendship through Culture

- 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.

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

  • Topic: Post-Cold War US Policy towards South Asian Region.
    Speaker: Dr. Archindis (Akis) Kalaitzidis
    Date: Wednesday 20th Feb, 2019
    Time: 1100 hrs
    Venue: Conference Room, IRS

  • Fake News & Facts in Our Region
    April 2019
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  • Selections from regional press
  • 25-02-2019

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January 16 – 31, 2019

I - Foreign Affair Commentary on relations between India and China continues to take substantial space in Indian print media. According to experts on New Delhi-Beijing bilateral relations, the Wuhan summit had generated much hope amongst those who want the two countries to develop a closer relationship. But the relationship, according to them, needed much deeper attention than just a summit. The problems between the two countries are too complex, and structural in nature, to go away with summits. They need a web of parleys on different levels between the two countries for the tricky issues to be resolved. Post-Wuhan summit, the two countries are reported to have continued a flurry of activities which are military in nature, having the hallmarks of strategic competition along their common borders. For example, in the aftermath of the Doklam stand-off between the two countries, Beijing is reported to have “beefed up its presence to the north of the standoff site”. In Tibet, China is reported to have expedited work on building strategic expressways, airstrips and heliports.

Similarly, India has matched the same with measures of its own which include ‘planning to deploy Akash missile systems along with attack helicopters and long range fighter aircraft in the eastern sector”. Prime Minister Modi is reported to have recently inaugurated a “railroad bridge at Bogibeel in Assam which will expedite troops movements to Arunachal Pradesh.” Analysts in India have urged New Delhi to continue remaining in a state of preparedness, but never to be the first to escalate tensions with Beijing ..


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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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OCEAN ECONOMY PLANNING: ADAPTABILITY OF THE “BLUE ECONOMY” MODEL IN BANGLADESH MARITIME CONTEXT

ABUL KALAM
Ocean economy planning has lately acquired urgency and spurred the concept of ‘Blue Economy’. Maritime countries like Bangladesh have evinced interest in it to safeguard and advance their oceanic destiny. Following successive international maritime verdicts (2012/2014) largely favourable to Bangladesh, it has embraced Blue Economy as a strategic approach to access the resources underneath its newly acquired oceanic possessions. However, concerns arise whether pertinent conceptual issues are appropriately appraised and managed; whether critical empirical issues are measured, and whether the actions for maritime planning currently underway represent the progression required to overcome the emerging ecosystemic threats or building of what is enshrined under the Blue Economy ..
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TROUBLED INDIA-PAKISTAN RELATIONS AND MAJOR STUMBLING BLOCKS IN THE PEACE PROCESS

NABILA JAFFER
The prospects for peace between India and Pakistan further diminished after their relations entered into a new phase of antagonism in 2016. India stressed the issue of terrorism more forcefully as a principal irritant in bilateral relations after the Uri terrorist attack in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) in September 2016. The growing gulf on core issues between the two countries and attaching peace with a one-point agenda has acted as a disincentive for the peace process ..
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THE EVOLUTION OF INDIAN NUCLEAR POLICY

KHURRAM MAQSOOD AHMAD
Indian nuclear policy has evolved over time through different phases of nuclear weapon development. This process has been slow but consistent. Prestige and technological factors, as well as domestic politics, have been the core drivers of Indian nuclear development along with security. These drivers have been operational during different phases of Indian nuclear development ..
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LITERARY PERSPECTIVES ON BEING RICH IN SOUTH ASIA

RASIB MAHMOOD, SHAHEEN KHAN AND KAINAT ZAFAR
Economic conditions play a vital role in determining the behaviours of individuals, as well as communities. Marvin Harris and Henry Hazlitt are major theorists who have shown that. Their theory is highly applicable, especially to South Asian literature, which is a reflection of postcolonial as well as trans-cultural societies ..
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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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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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Email: editorirs@gmail.com


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

  • GLOBAL TERRORISM: GENESIS, IMPLICATIONS, REMEDIAL & COUNTERMEASURES

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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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