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Afghanistan

Afghanistan announces Eid ceasefire with Taliban until June 20 ..

Bangladesh

Killings of suspected ‘drug offenders’ in Bangladesh must stop, says UN’s Zeid ..

Bhutan

Constructive steps need to be taken for Bhutan to become 100% organic ..

China

The SCO summit on June 9 and 10 will inject new impetus into bilateral relations between China and Russia ..

India

Pakistan is a neighbour you can’t wish away: A.S. Dulat ..

Maldives

India’s vote for the Maldives in the UN Security Council’s election is guaranteed ..

Nepal

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli eyes sizeable support from Beijing to development ..

Pakistan

US reaches out to Bajwa, offers ceasefire to Afghan Taliban ..

Siri Lanka

Sri Lanka will review FTA with China: Malik ..

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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Release

Latest issue of 'REGIONAL STUDIES' has been published. Details

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

CLIMATE CHANGE AND INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY IN THE INDUS BASIN

ASMA YAQOOB, Research Analyst
Climate change in South Asia is projected to aggravate water disputes between India and Pakistan. As per statistics, changes in seasonal flow of the Indus Basin, divided between the two countries through a treaty, are more than enough to ignite water discords in a readily volatile region. Contemporary literature on climate change in the Indus Basin is progressively more focused on water resource.. Download


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 DIVERGENT PLANE OF INTERESTS: SECURITY AND COUNTER-TERRORISM DYNAMICS OF CENTRAL ASIA

MUHAMMAD ZUBAIR IQBAL AND ADAM SAUD
The region involving the Central Asian Republics (CARs) has played host to various overt and covert rivalries and continues to be in the proverbial eye of the storm owing to its strategic location, a huge treasure of minesand minerals, and being the progeny of a once superpower. Herald Mackinderin his famous ... Download


 

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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AWAMI LEAGUE’S POLITICS OF VENGEANCE

MARYAM MASTOOR, Research Analyst
Awami League, the ruling political party of Bangladesh, has vociferously adopted vengeful politics since it has come into power in 2009. Instead of focusing on development and betterment of people, it is seeking revenge from political opponents. Awami League established a domestic tribunal named the International ... Download


SINO-INDIAN SECURITY DILEMMA IN THE INDIAN OCEAN: REVISITING THE ‘STRING OF PEARLS’ STRATEGY

SIDRA TARIQ, Research Analyst
Supremacy over maritime Asia has become the primary bone of contention between China and India, particularly in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and the South China Sea (SCS). Several analysts are of the opinion that the ongoing Sino-Indian competition presentsa classic ... Download


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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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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Books

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

  • GLOBAL TERRORISM: GENESIS, IMPLICATIONS, REMEDIAL & COUNTERMEASURES

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

  • AFGHANISTAN: UNABATED TURMOIL

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