Afghanistan

Taliban announces spring offensive amid Afghan peace talks ..

Bangladesh

Security beefed up across the country following Sunday's series bombings in Sri Lanka ..

Bhutan

His Majesty, The King met DG of India’s Military Operations ..

China

China warns US ships to leave sea ..

CAR's

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

India

India concludes marathon seven-phase election, results on May 23 ..

Iran

Iran hands over 46 illegal immigrants to Pakistan ..

Maldives

With Indian help work resumes full steam on Maldives coastal radars ..

Nepal

A new Maoist conflict in the making, in Nepal ..

Pakistan

Qureshi, Swaraj unlikely to meet at SCO event: FO ..

Sri lanka

Indian Media is Spreading Fake News”: Sri Lankans outrage over reporting on bomb blasts ..

Media Matters: Responsible News

- Thursday 02 May, 2019.
Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi

Media Matters: Responsible News

- Friday 26 April, 2019.
Islamabad Club, Islamabad

Fake News & Facts in Our Region

International Conference
- 24 - 26 April, 2019.
Islamabad Club, Islamabad


Post-Cold War US Policy towards South Asian Region

Speaker: Dr. Archimidis (Akis) Kalaitzidis
Date: Wednesday 20th Feb, 2019
Time: 1100 hrs
Venue: Conference Room, IRS

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.


UPCOMING

  • Selections from Regional Press
  • 25-05-2019

  • Regional Studies

Selections

April 16 – 30, 2019

I - Foreign Affair India and China, the two Asian giants, sharing a long border, continue to engage with each other in a complex world where their national interests may not always converge. Indian print media continues to cover the developments taking place between the two countries. Indian foreign secretary paid an official visit to China recently at a time when New Delhi had indicated its unwillingness to participate in the second Belt and Road Initiative forum citing its reservations with regards to the contested geography the project is planned to be built on. Therefore, the interactions which took place during the aforementioned visit, could by no means be a smooth sail. The thorny issue of listing Masood Azhar as a terrorist and other issues of bilateral interest were said to have come under discussion. The two sides were quoted as saying that the interaction was part of the efforts by the two sides to follow up on the Wuhan summit, in which the top leaders of the two countries had pledged to enhance mutual cooperation in a host of areas of common interest.


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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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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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Phone: 92 (051) 9202224, Ext. 112
Email: editorirs@gmail.com


Books

  • 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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