Area Studies


Pakistan Reader, as an Area Studies initiative at NIAS, aims to study contemporary Pakistan through the following verticals: social, political, cultural, external and security, with a special focus on economy, energy and S&T. NIAS Pakistan Reader is also a capacity-building exercise. It aims to nurture young scholars in India working on Pakistan and build a network of Pakistan scholars worldwide. It also organizes regular workshops for young scholars to improve their skills and understanding of contemporary Pakistan. NIAS-PR publishes a Daily Brief, Pakistan Weekly, Pakistan Monitor monthly and regular analysis – comments and essays. It also conducts an online course on contemporary Pakistan.

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Regular Publications

Conflict in Gaza, Elections in Catalonia and Protests in Georgia

Shamini Velayutham, Neha Tresa George and Indrani Talukdar Gaza: Impending operation in Rafah, Regrouping of Hamas and the Genocide Case in ICJ Shamini Velayutham In the news On 16 May, after arguing for more emergency measures in response to Israel’s attack on Rafah, South Africa ended its arguments before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). According to South Africa, Israel's military operations in Rafah constitute a “genocidal” campaign that jeopardizes...

February Edition

The EM December Edition consists of a record of key developments from the Ukraine War between Day 655 to Day 610 and short notes on contemporary Europe...

Other publications

Germany-Russia Relations: What Next?

NIAS/CSS/CRPR/U/IB/15/2023 NIAS Area Studies Brief No. 61 NIAS Europe Studies 31 July 2023 Russia has emerged as the most divisive issue...

European Union Emissions Trading Scheme: A Prototype for Global Emissions Reduction Mechanism

NIAS/CSS/CRPR/U/IB/14/2023 NIAS Area Studies Brief No. 60 NIAS Europe Studies 26 July 2023 Climate change is one of the major environmental problems...

Euroscepticism Transformed: Italy’s Meloni Seeks to Reform the EU from Within

NIAS/CSS/CRPR/U/IB/13/2023 NIAS Area StudiesBrief No. 59 NIAS Europe Studies 26 July 2023 Since the 2008 financial crisis, there has been a rise...

Trump indictment, Moscow Conference and the Iran-US Prisoner Exchange deal

Trump is indicted yet again: What next for politics in the US? Ankit Singh What happened? On 14 August, Donald Trump with 18 of his associates in...

Haiti's Gang Violence, Venezuelan Migrants and the US, and Global Hunger Index

Madhura Mahesh, Sejal Sharma and Sandeep Ganesh Haiti: Gang violence and beyond In the news On 17 October, the US and Mexican representatives...

Doha Dialogue with the Taliban, Saudi Arabia in Asia and the Crisis in Venezuela

Aparupa Bhattacherjee, Harini Madhusudan & Sourina Bej ISSSP, NIAS Doha Dialogue with the Taliban The US special representative for Afghanistan...

Get Involved

As a capacity building endeavour, we organize regular presentations/events/workshops exclusively for young scholars. NIAS GPYV provides an opportunity for young scholars to make presentations, publish their findings, and be a part of our GPYV Network.

NIAS Global Politics provides short-term (six weeks) and long term (six-ten months) internships for young scholars under its Area Studies programmes and Peace and Conflict Research. As part of this, scholars can work on their research, analytical, and presentation skills. They will also be presented with numerous networking opportunities.

NIAS Global Politics offers three major online courses on Contemporary International Relations and World Order, Contemporary Pakistan, and Contemporary Conflicts and Peace Research. These courses provide a comprehensive understanding within a structured framework, and help in developing a deeper understanding and appreciation towards the subject.

Join our International Studies Network Bangalore (ISNB) as individual scholars to get connected with our multiple networks on Area Studies, Peace and Conflicts, and Contemporary Global Issues including Maritime, S&T, Climate Change etc.

Our Networks


We have established the following academic networks – Global Politics, Young Voices (GPYV), International Studies Network Bangalore (ISNB), NIAS Europe Annual Conclave, and NIAS Maritime Network. The programme coordinates with the departments of political science/international relations/defence studies/history in Mysore, Chennai, Bangalore and Pondicherry.