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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. The Institute has covered research on the region's - foreign and internal affairs, economy and industry, science and technology, socio-cultural and security related issues. It thus provides in-depth understanding and analyses of regional and global issues. IRS is in touch with similar research institutes the world over.

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    The Possible Way Forward for Jammu & Kashmir
    Date: Monday 27th July, 2020
    Time: 04:00pm
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    Border Clashes in the Himalayan Region: Stakes for Pakistan
    Date: Thursday 23rd July, 2020
    Time: 12:00pm
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  • FM for Research Work on Contemporary Regional & Global Challenges
    Date: Thursday 2 July, 2020
    Time: 2:30pm
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    Intra Afghan Dialogue: Road blocks and the Way forward
    Date: Thursday 25th June, 2020
    Time: 2:00pm
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Weekly Contemporary Developments in Region


In recent decades, water shortage has become a serious concern for the global community. With the threat of drought and water scarcity looming over several nations, state practice with respect to water cooperation and transboundary water rights has developed rapidly ..


The nuclear policies of India and Pakistan are consistent with their longstanding acrimonious relations. This is reflected in their respective nuclear doctrines. Both states also use their nuclear policies to frame their relations with other states regarding development and use of their nuclear weapons ..


This paper briefly reviews press-government relations during the East India Company’s Rule (1600-1857) in South Asia. The paper begins with a short background on the beginning of the press in pre-colonial India. It examines the nature and evolution of the press during the Company’s Raj and its ..


Water is literally the essence of life and unsafe water is a threat to human lives. Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Its nearly 20 million residents face tremendous difficulty in accessing safe water for their daily lives. A crisis of governance in terms of administrative ..

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
Phone: 92 (051) 9203967, Ext. 112

From Blog

The novel coronavirus is a pandemic that is affecting every country and region around the globe, including South Asia. Unfortunately, South Asia has all the makings of a public health disaster. It is densely populated, has poor health infrastructure and is geographically close to some of the countries that were hardest hit by the coronavirus.

Pakistan shares borders with China as well as Iran. The former is where the virus originated and the latter is one of the most affected countries. China has a huge presence in Pakistan, especially because of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The number of cases in this region is on the rise, despite measures being taken by the countries to halt the spread of the virus. So far, Pakistan and India have a relatively small number of cases but the numbers are rising and may be higher already considering the lack of kits available for widespread testing.

This is a region that has some of the highest urban population density in the world. Five of the top ten most densely populated cities are located in South Asia. No one has yet developed a vaccine for COVID-19. Thus, having adequate supplies and enforcing and adopting social distancing are the only means to control the spread. The consequences of a Covid-19 pandemic in South Asia would be catastrophic. More than a fifth of the world’s population resides here and contributes to more than 15% global economic production ..

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Kodikara Fellowships - 2020 The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) invites research grant applications for its annual Kodikara Fellowship Programme. The grants are offered to young South Asians, aged between 25-35 years, to conduct policy relevant research on strategic and international issues of contemporary South Asian interest. An award of USD 2000 will be made available for each Research Fellow to conduct research. The fellowship is tenable for six months, commencing in 2020.

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