IRS |Institute of Regional Studies

Islamabad

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About

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, socio-cultural and security related issues and thus provides an in-depth understanding and objective analyses of regional and global issues. IRS is in touch with similar research institutes the world over. Publications are exchanged with institutes in the United States, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, West Asian and Southeast Asian countries, Japan, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russian Federation, and other major European countries. The Institute has gained international recognition, prestige and credibility in a surprisingly short span of time. Its position papers and studies are in great demand. Research articles written by its scholars have been frequently abstracted in the "Documentation Politique Internationale", Paris. Writers and authors have increasingly been cited in their writings the works published at the Institute. The institute is proud to possess valuable archives which are unique in entire South Asia. Its information data is shared by other institutions and outside research scholars working on South Asia.

Organization

The Institute is headed by a President.

The President is assisted by a Secretary who administers the Institute and a Senior Research Fellow who coordinates the research effort. On the research side, there are a number of fellows, analysts and research officers on the rolls of the Institute. Outside scholars from academia are also encouraged to work for the Institute and whosoever makes a positive contribution is accepted as an Honorary Research Associate.

A complete list of the Institute's publications is published separately. Exchange Program: The Institute is in touch with similar research institutes the world over. Material is exchanged with institutes in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China,India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, ECO countries, West Asian and Southeast Asian countries, Japan, France, Germany, Russian Federation, Scandinavian countries, United Kingdom and other major European countries and the United States.The Institute has gained international recognition, prestige and credibility in a surprisingly short span of time. Its position papers and studies are in great demand. Research articles written by the Institute's staff have been frequently abstracted in the "Documentation Politique Internationale", Paris. Writers and authors have increasingly been cited in their writings the works published at the Institute. The Institute has been invited to seminars in other countries whenever issues relating to its relevant 'regions' have come up for discussion. Its scholars have been to leading international research centers on visiting fellowship programmes and foreign scholars have frequently made use of the research facilities offered at the Institute. Library and Exchange Facilities: The Institute's library contains a large number of books and periodicals primarily with a regional bias. Progress is being made in indexing references. The Institute has done pioneer work in the development of a comprehensive collation and documentation service for area studies. Its information data is shared by other institutions and outside research scholars as well.

Publications

  • Regional Studies

    - The quarterly research journal of the Institute.

  • Spotlight

    - A monthly publication on a specific topic in one or more of the regional countries.

  • Selections From Regional Press

    - A fortnightly publication comprising selected clippings from the regional newspapers and periodicals, arranged subject-wise under separate heads.

  • Focus

    - Published periodically, this study focuses on a particular issue in one or more of the regional countries.

  • Regional Perspective

    - Periodic studies dealing with important regional issues in a larger perspective involving Pakistan and its neighbors.

  • Monographs

    - Series of detailed studies on particular topics are also published occasionally.

  • Books

    - As research material on a topical issue piles up, it is consolidated by publishing a book on that topic for wider dissemination.