The Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) is a think-tank based in Islamabad whose strong links with national, regional and international organisations put it in a position to produce quality research and encourage productive dialogues.
IRS aims to increase public awareness and understanding of issues in neighbouring countries, and their relationship with Pakistan. The institute is active in promoting an India-Pakistan peace process. IRS research specialises in areas such as conflict resolution, violent religious conflict, confidence building measures, peace and democracy, and human security.
Their international advisory board is comprised of eminent scholars in the field of peace research, such as Dr. Bates Gill of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Dr. Rifaat Hussain of Pakistan, and Dr. Beate Maeder-Metcalf of the United Nations. IRS gives equal preference to both traditional and non-traditional security issues, such as poverty.
Alongside quality research the organisation holds many events - conferences, seminars and workshops - for discussing and promoting peace in Pakistan and the wider region.