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“A lot of questions regarding the PCEC [Pakistan-China Economic Corridor] remain unanswered viz. its security, trade potential, and the benefits it could bring to Pakistan,” said Mr. Rafaello Pantucci, Director International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) London. He was speaking at a roundtable discussion organized by the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS).. read more >

Regional Studies

ISSN: 0524-7988
Regional Studies is quarterly journal published by the Institute of Regional Studies. It is also Higher Education Commission . .

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Scholars who have an interest in the regional affairs are invited to contribute to the IRS journal.

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Spotlight monthly publication

2015
Election Commission of India

Election commission, electoral reforms and democracy in India:

LESSONS FOR PAKISTAN

Yasir Masood, Research Analyst

The paper endeavours to ponder on the question whether the Indian experience of democracy, which has been facilitated through the Indian Election Commission and an entire history of electoral reforms, offers any vital lessons for strengthening Pakistan’s fragile democracy or not? ...
ISSUE: February-March 2015
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PAK-CHINA ECONOMIC CORRIDOR:

THE HOPES AND REALITY

Arish U. Khan, Research Analyst

Regional connectivity is an important element of the recently unveiled vision of 2025 of the government of Pakistan. The Pak-China Economic Corridor (PCEC) is mentioned as an integral element in realizing the potential of regional connectivity and trade...
ISSUE: January 2015
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2014

Afghanistan 2014 & BEYOND:

CHALLENGES & IMPLICATIONS FOR THE NEIGHBOURS

Humera Iqbal, Research Analyst

The study uses a qualitative approach to analyze the contemporary transitional changes occured in Afghanistan with the end of 2014. It observes subsequent crucial political..
ISSUE: November-December 2014
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The challenge of halving poverty by 2015

WHERE DO INDIA AND PAKISTAN STAND?

Syed Imran Sardar, Research Analyst

The paper seeks to answer the following questions: would the target be achieved in the given time frame? how far are India and Pakistan from attaining this goal? Are both states on the right track?
ISSUE: October 2014
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Focus periodical


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?

THE BJP'S TRACK TO TRIUMPH:A CRITICAL ANALYSIS

Yasir Masood

The political landscape of India witnessed a historical about-turn when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) decisively ended the decade-long political monopoly of the Indian National Congress (INC). It goes without saying that the unprecedented victory of the BJP in the recent elections has out-distanced even its own major success of 1998.

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

  • AFGHANISTAN: UNABATED TURMOIL

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topics & region

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. . read more >

CD's Available

All Publications, Agra Summit
14 - 16 July 2001
Agra Summit Clippings from South Asian Press
Kargil Flare-up
15 May 1999 - 13 August 2000
Coverage: Pakistani and Indian Press
Pakistan - India Peace Process
January 2004 - June 2005
In Five volumes in book form.

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