Afghanistan

Election Rally Bombing in Afghanistan Heightens Security Fears ..

Bangladesh

Bangladesh self-sufficient, PM says country can implement 90pc of budget with own funding ..

Bhutan

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

China

US-China trade spat harming 3rd parties, ‘every country’ in supply chain will be affected’, expert says ..

India

CPI(M) to back a secular govt ..

Iran

Pakistan sees immense scope of cooperation with Iran ..

Maldives

Maldives president contests election at Supreme Court ..

Nepal

Corruption has thrived in Nepal Army: CoASThapa ..

Pakistan

No progress in Afghan peace process without involving Pakistan: Qureshi ..

Sri lanka

Indo-Lanka accord has outlived its utility - Subramaniam Swami ..

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

  • Roundtable with
    Dr. Merica Hermansen
  • Director South Asia/Islamic World Studies Programme and Professor in the Theology Department at Loyola University, Chicago - USA.
    - Monday October 22, 2018 from 1100-1300 hours.
  • Selections from regional press
  • 20-10-2018
  • Regional Studies
  • Summer Issue

Selections

September 16 - 30, 2018

I - Foreign Affair Commentators in Indian print media have written on options available to India in the realm of national security in the context of New Delhi’s much cherished concept of ‘Strategic Autonomy’ on the one hand, and US President Trump’s rhetoric on ‘US first’ policy on the other. India has historically been weary of international alliance entanglements. However, in the post-cold war international scenario, strategists in New Delhi approach the concept of strategic autonomy more liberally due to an assertive China, and one major indication of that has been India’s willingness to join hands with the US. This has resulted in Washington and New Delhi having signed a number of agreements for defence cooperation, focusing mainly on the security of the Indo-pacific region, in line with their strategic partnership. However, according to analysts, things are changing under President Trump, and that India needs to focus on forging defence cooperation with other like-minded power centres, such as the EU, which itself is weary of Mr. Trump’s repeated assertions that the US is no longer willing to pay for the defence of its rich partners, such as the EU, Australia, Japan, and South Korea. Therefore, media commentators are of the opinion that New Delhi should focus on forging closer defence cooperation with the EU.

Relations between India and Pakistan, in the context of latest developments before the two countries could come face to face in the General Assembly, is another topic of note in the Indian print media. Prime Ministers of the two countries had exchanged letters recently in which they had expressed their desire for an engagement which could lead to betterment of the bilateral relationship. The two Prime Ministers had agreed that their Foreign Ministers will meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Later on, the Indian government was reported to have retracted from the promised meeting citing incidents which had taken place before New Delhi agreed to the proposed meeting. This led a bitter war of words between the two countries, which further added to the precariousness of situation between the two countries. Some commentators in Indian press have blamed New Delhi for the episode stating that walking away from a planned meeting on the pretext of incidents which had taken place before the meeting was agreed to was an immature response which destroyed a precious opportunity of bilateral engagement ..


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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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TOWARDS ACHIEVING THE SDG OF ENDING POVERTY IN SOUTH ASIA: A CASE STUDY OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN

SYED IMRAN SARDAR
Ending poverty by 2030 in all its dimensions is indeed challenging. It is even more challenging for countries that remained off-the-track in the previous Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015. The reason behind it was two-fold: lack of will and the states’ vulnerability to inter and intra-state conflicts ..
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Appropriation and Fictionalisation of Buddha’s Life by the West

Rasib Mehmood, Shaheen Khan and Kainat Zafar
Siddhartha, a novel written in 1992 by a German author Herman Hesse, is an appropriation and re-telling of the Gautama Buddha’s story of enlightenment in a much simplified manner. The novel has mystified its readers and critics everywhere in the world. This is because Gautama Buddha’s life history has been appropriated by a German writer in ways that not only personalise ..
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THE ‘WORLD ORDERS’ IN CENTRAL ASIA: UNITED AGAINST POLITICAL ISLAM?

ADAM SAUD
Central Asia is a region of immense importance for all major powers, as well as regional states, for their diverse interests. There is more of a divergence of interest than convergence, as far as major powers are concerned. The situation is so complex that this involvement and divergence of interest has been given the name of the ‘New Great Game’. Despite having divergent interests, Russia, China, the US, and the Central Asian Republics want to counter Political Islam in the region ..
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AN ASSESSMENT OF INDIAN FACTOR IN PAK-AFGHAN RELATIONS

MIRAJ MUHAMMAD AND JAMAL SHAH
Pakistan and Afghanistan—being neighbours with a long, porous, and not effectively managed border—influence each other strongly due to their common history, culture, and religion. Their relations have been mostly hostile rather than friendly due to political and territorial issues and, more significantly, because of a trust deficit between them. This state of affairs has been galvanised because of the Indian factor ..
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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 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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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
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Books

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  • 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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