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Dr. Christophe Jaffrelot's Visit to the Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad
 

A roundtable discussion was held on 12th August, 2014 with Dr Christophe Jaffrelot, senior research fellow at CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS, Paris, Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at King's India Institute. Dr. Christophe Jaffrelot spoke on “BJP’s electoral victory and its implications.” At the meeting, Modi’s phenomenal electoral victory, reasons for Congress’s failure in elections and future of Indo Pak relations under Modi’s leadership, were also discussed.

 
India's Pakistan policy would not shift with the change in government: Mr. Tridivesh Singh Maini, Research Fellow at the Jindal School of International Affairs Haryana, India

 

“The basics of India’s foreign policy toward Pakistan would remain the same after coming to power of the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party]” said Mr. Tridivesh Singh Maini, Research Fellow at the Jindal School of International Affairs Haryana. He was speaking at a roundtable organized here on Thursday by the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS). He added that statements given during election campaigns should not be viewed as policy statements. Mr. Maini was of the opinion that lack of progress on core issues should not hold progress on other issues hostage. “Core issues also change over time; to me, the core issue is lack of understanding between the two sides,” he said. Calling 2008 a setback to the peace process, Mr. Maini argued that it had become very tough for Indian governments to move forward on the dialogue with Pakistan without substantial progress on the follow-up of Mumbai by Pakistan. “The mantra that Pakistan is also....read more

   
 

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QUEST FOR PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN
Humera Iqbal, Research Officer

After more than three decades of war, Afghanistan today remains a very complex society, struggling within an unstable political and security landscape. Several years of fighting and anarchy has left it fragmented and deeply factionalized. On the one hand there is the conflicting relationship between the Afghan Government and people with allied countries; and on the other, combating insurgents have paved the way for social and economic breakdown of the society. At each level various groups and factions are locked in deep-rooted, multifaceted conflicts, mostly striving for capturing a share of power or resources. The outcome is massive collateral damage and a high rate of warfare misconduct. Consequently, concrete and sustainable development, the most desired element of the Afghan peace process, seems lost, even within...download paper

 

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THE 16th LOK SABHA: INDIA'S LURCH TO THE RIGHT
Heba Al-Adawy

BJP’s resounding victory marks the first time in 30 years, since the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984, that a single party has commanded such support across the country. It not only marks a symbolic end to the Nehruvian era of dynastic politics; but also the unprecedented rise of a Hindu nationalist party under a leader whose reputation has been tainted by charges of complicity in the Gujarat communal violence of 2002. Voter fatigue and disillusionment with UPA’s economic record, including the massive scale of corruption, only partially explain the results. They fail to account for India’s reversion to single-party rule in 2014 as opposed to a more divided mandate given Modi’s controversial communal past. The larger than life persona of Modi remains decidedly crucial to any analysis of the 16th Lok Sabha. But while the exact course of his tenure, from a structuralist point of view, remains difficult to predict, the seismic rise of Modi, nonetheless, begs the question: So what has prompted India’s Lurch to the Right? Is this the beginning of a new era for India? Arguably Indian secularism — albeit a defining norm in the Constitution with its corollary set of checks and balances — has not been left untainted by secular parties occasionally pandering to communalism in order to capture vote banks. Does the 16th Lok Sabha, then, signal a mere shift in referents from secularism to development or a qualitative shift in the ethos of Indian mainstream politics?....download paper

 

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Afghanistan: The post-US withdrawal conundrum
Yasir Masood Khan, Research Officer

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

 

REGIONAL STUDIES  Spring 2014 Published

 

 

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Strategic and Security Issues s & Afghanistan
 
SOUTH ASIA AND CENTRAL ASIA: BUILDING ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL LINKAGES
 

Regional Studies
Quarterly journal published by the Institute of Regional Studies. All papers appearing in this journal are peer-reviewed and subsequently revised by the authors read more
 
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Bashir Ahmad
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Strategic and Security Issues
AFGHANISTAN: UNABATED TURMOIL
Dr. Shaheen Akhtar
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Security & Development, Conflict Resolution, Intrastate Conflicts, South Asia
GLOBAL TERRORISM: GENESIS, IMPLICATIONS, REMEDIAL & COUNTERMEASURES
Farhat Perveen
Research Fellow/In-charge: Selections From the Regional Press (South Asia)
AFGHANISTAN: UNABATED TURMOIL

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GLOBAL TERRORISM: GENESIS, IMPLICATIONS, REMEDIAL & COUNTERMEASURES

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June 09,  2014- Roundtable on 'Pak-Saudi Arabia Relations' with Abdullah Khurram
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May 13,  2014- Roundtable on 'Afghanistan and Syria' with Dr. Kamal Alam.
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April 22,  2014- Roundtable on 'Indian General Elections' with T.C.A. Dr. Raghavan, the High Commissioner of India to Pakistan.
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March 25,  2014- Roundtable on “China and South Asia Relations' with a delegation of the Gansu Association for International Friendly Contacts (GAIFC).
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February 10,  2014- Roundtable on “China's Silk Road and the Regional Peace and Prosperity"
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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'.
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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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December, 06, 2012- Roundtable Conference held with Senator M. Akram Zaki' on 'Pakistan's Foreign Policy Challenges'.
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THE SPARK OF 'NIRBHAYA' : INDIAN FEMINISTS, COMMON CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

Heba Al- Adawy

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... click here to download

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

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

 

 

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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...read more

 
 
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