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“The purpose of India’s improving relations with Japan and the U.S. is to have access to military hardware that China does not have, and to conduct joint exercise with them to improve its military prowess,” said Mr. Liu Guangjun, Vice President of the Gansu Association for International Friendly Contact (GAIFC). He expressed these remarks during a roundtable at the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS).Mr. Liu expressed his concern about the situation in Afghanistan. He argued that post-2014 instability in Afghanistan could be a problem for all the regional countries.President of IRS, Amb. Arif Ayub, was of the view that Americans aggravated the internal divide in Afghanistan along ethnic lines because of a wrong emphasis on siding with a minority ethnic group. He partly attributed the resilience of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan to ethnic discontent among...read more

 

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THE SPARK OF 'NIRBHAYA': INDIAN FEMINISTS, COMMON CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS
Heba Al-Adawy, Research Analyst IRS

As a country with the longest history of gender-based activism, and where state secularism intersects with multiculturalism (through the endorsement of personal laws), India serves as a predominant case study in the paper, with occasional comparative glances on neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh. On the latest front, the bestial gang rape and murder of a 23 years old girl in New Delhi on 6 December 2012 has reopened a vigorous debate on gender-based violence and the broader issue of women's status in society. The incident, occurring in a relatively affluent district of India's capital, got extensive coverage in national as well as international media, and was henceforth known as NIRBHAYA (the fearless One), a reference to the young girl who eventually died in a hospital in Singapore. Nirbhaya soon became a symbol around which the rights of women could be rallied. This paper, therefore, examines how the recent upsurge of feminist activity in the aftermath of Nirbhaya has given a fresh impetus to the feminist movement in India, with the potential of transcending religious and caste barriers. In conclusion, it reflects upon potential prospects by examining the implications of the Indian feminist activity on the neighboring region. click here to download

 

The post-US withdrawal conundrum

Yasir Masood Khan, Research Officer IRS

Many speculative assumptions run through the South Asian region about the US retreat and its repercussions on Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries. Without a shadow of a doubt, it seems palpable that Afghanistan will be dragged again in a state of chaos, turbulence and mayhem. History has so far remained harsh and unkind to that troubled country and every now and then the situation comes back to square one. One wonders whether or not the US will be quitting Afghanistan for good? If so, then what’s in store next in the kitty of US strategies? Many scholars, intellectuals and think tanks anticipate a purely Afghan civil war. On top of that, the time spent there by US with all its underlying motives, with the support of exhaustive economic resources will have been in vain. Then this simply means it was at its best the waste of time, energy, lives and resources on the ...read more

 

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SOUTH ASIA AND CENTRAL ASIA: BUILDING ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL LINKAGES
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February 10, 2014- Roundtable on “China's Silk Road and the Regional Peace and Prosperity.
 
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January 29,  2014- Launching Ceremony of Policy Brief on
'Institutionalising Confidence Building Measures on Kashmir' organized by the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) in collaboration with the Kashmir Initiative Group (KIG).
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January 21, 2014- Roundtable on 'Gwadar Port Development: Geopolitical and Geo-economic Significance.
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May 03, 2013- Roundtable on 'Pakistan-Azerbaijan Relations with a Special focus on the Contributions of Heydar Aliyev.
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April 24, 2013- Roundtable Conference held with a Media delegation from Nepal.
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February, 20, 2013- Roundtable Conference held with a delegation from a leading Chinese daily 'Global Times'. DOWNLOAD REPORT
 
December, 06, 2012- Roundtable Conference held with Senator M. Akram Zaki' on 'Pakistan's Foreign Policy Challenges'. DOWNLOAD REPORT
 
November, 22, 2012- Roundtable Conference held with a delegation of 'India-Pakistan Soldiers' Initiative for Peace' on 'Improving Indo-Pak Relations'.
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INDIA AND CHINA IN THE INDIAN OCEAN: A COMPLEX INTERPLAY OF GEOPOLITICS  Sidra Tariq

Today the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) has become one of the pivots of the global geostrategic agenda. Power and resource struggles and a quest for energy security, emerging environmental and economic issues, increased interests of powers like China, and the surfacing of regional powers like India have accentuated the significance of this...click here to download
 

TRADE LIBERALIZATION BETWEEN INDIA
AND PAKISTAN: FOCUSING DIRECT AND
INDIRECT BARRIERS
  Syed Imran Sardar

Despite common history, language, culture and the acknowledgement of mutual trade benefits, trade liberalization between India and Pakistan has not been materialized. Both countries account for almost 92 per cent of South Asia’s GDP, 85 per cent of South Asia’s population, and 80 per cent of South Asia’s surface area, whereas the percentage of India-Pakistan trade...click here to download
 

PERSECUTION OF THE ROHINGYA – THE DARK SIDE OF DEVELOPMENT IN MYANMAR Heba Al- Adawy

This study tries to bridge the existing gap in literature by focusing on the economics of hate in Myanmar. It examines the international development and aid enterprise in Myanmar, and how it exacerbates existing cleavages within the society. In this sense, the violence of 2012-13 is linked with the larger dynamics of political economy alongside an exclusivist national vision that puts the Rohingya people and, by extension, Burmese Muslims as... click here to download
 

PAK-CHINA RELATIONS: ADDING
SUBSTANCE TO SLOGAN
 
Aarish U. Khan

This paper attempts of document and analyze the developments in Pak-China relations from 2008 to 2013 that culminated in the return of Gwadar port operations to China as well as other similar developments that further solidified the long-standing and time-tested friendship. The paper does not talk about Pak-China cooperation on regional and global forums or regional or global issues. It only covers bilateral relations over...click here to download
 
 
 
 
 

 

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...read more

 
 
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