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Afghanistan

Trump Asks Nato to spend more on Afghanistan ..

Bangladesh

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh visiting Dhaka, security cooperation in focus ..

Bhutan

Bhutan PM's Rare Remarks on China; India's 'Soft Power'; Duterte's Delhi Outburst ..

China

Main reason for U.S. trade deficit doesn't lie with China: experts ..

India

Iran slams India for not fulfilling making promised investments in Chabahar port ..

Iran

Iran and Pakistan could achieve a lot through enhanced interactions and bilateral cooperation: Iranian envoy ..

Maldives

EU warned Maldives of sanctions this month, says president ..

Nepal

Nepal clamps on India’s small project grants ..

Pakistan

Border posts to be upgraded under FATF rules ..

Siri Lanka

Thailand and Sri Lanka signed four MoUs ..

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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UP COMING EVENTS

26-07-2018, 11:00am - Roundtable with Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich Ambassador of Argentina at IRS Conference Room. Topic: "Avoiding a Nuclear Weapon Race: The case of Argentina and Brazil in the 1970's and 80's".

Recent Updates

14-07-2018 - Contemporary Regional Developments in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal Updated

14-07-2018 - Contemporary Regional Developments in China, Pakistan, Iran, Sirilanka Updated

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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Recent Events

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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Maritime Security of Bangladesh: Strategic Imperatives

Abul Kalam
The paper analyses maritime security concerns of Bangladesh and its evolving oceanic policies from a strategic vantage point. Towards such an end, it reviews the strategic analytical tradition from a maritime perspective and identifies the relevant approaches in this context. It then highlights a conceptual design encompassing applicable notions that look pertinent. The conceptual blueprint is then used for analysing the evolving pattern of the nation’s maritime policies in terms of strategy and a secured developmental destiny.
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Role of Development Cooperation in Implementing the 2030 Agenda: Time for More and Better Aid

Murad Ali
This paper examines the role and significance of international development cooperation in implementing the 2030 Agenda and achieving the 17 SDGs. Besides ODA, the paper also reflects on other means of financing such as aid from non-traditional donors, climate fund, and private financing. It argues that in view of the ambitious nature of the SDGs and lack of resources and capacities in numerous countries, there is a need for significant quantitative and qualitative increase in ODA in line with requirements of the SDGs.
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Muslim Women’s Support for Fundamentalism: Comparing Iran and Pakistan

Aisha Anees Malik
This paper draws a distinction between the case of Islamic feminists in Iran and Pakistan using the framework of Kandiyoti’s ‘bargaining with patriarchy’ and Jalal’s ‘convenience of subservience’. It is argued in this study that the feminists in Iran are engaged in an active debate with the republic, bargaining to negotiate concessions for women. Grounding their arguments in the words of the Holy Quran and Hadith, a language that the fundamentalists understand, they have won considerable ground.
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China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Economic Implications for Balochistan, Pakistan

Manzoor Ahmed
This paper attempts to analyse how CPEC can be instrumental in changing the social and economic landscape of Balochistan. The study, while analyzing various aspects of Balochistan’s economy, argues that the CPEC enterprise has an enormous significance for the social and economic development of Balochistan. With numerous growth nodes and economic corridors, Balochistan needs Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and greater connectivity.
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Latest issue of 'REGIONAL STUDIES' has been published. Details

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


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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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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Books

  • SOUTH ASIA AND CENTRAL ASIA: BUILDING ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL LINKAGES

  • GLOBAL TERRORISM: GENESIS, IMPLICATIONS, REMEDIAL & COUNTERMEASURES

  • SOUTH ASIA AND CENTRAL ASIA: BUILDING ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL LINKAGES

  • AFGHANISTAN: UNABATED TURMOIL

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