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.

China, East Asia and Pacific
Polar and Oceans

Regular Publications

Why Israel is NOT facing a strategic defeat in Gaza: A Response to Stanly Johny

On 2 July 2024, Dr Stanly Johny, International Affairs Editor at The Hindu, published an opinion titled “Israel is facing a strategic defeat in Gaza.”  Dr Johny’s argument is that Israel’s threats have multiplied and intensified since launching its war against Hamas. His assessment is partly accurate, however, overestimates the intensity and long-term implications of the threats. While Israel faced a complex security environment after 7 October, the Jewish State made...

May Edition

The EM May Edition consists of commentaries on 75 years of NATO, 25 years of Euro and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Visit to China. It also consists a record of key developments from the Ukraine War between Day 796 to Day 766 and short notes on contemporary Europe.

Other publications

South Korea Elections 2024: An interview with Dr Sandip Mishra and Dr Vyjayanti Raghavan

On 10 April 2024, South Korea held its legislative elections. With 175 seats to the 108 of the ruling People Power Party (PPP), the main opposition Democratic...

The War in Gaza: An Interview with Dr Stanly Johny

NIAS/CSS/CRPR/U/RR/04/2024 Dr Stanly Johny is the foreign affairs editor of The Hindu. He was interviewed by the young scholars pursuing the NIAS-IPRI...

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...

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.