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    Welcome to the Area for Middle East and Arab Countries, a multidisciplinary research institute: The mission of this regional study center is to promote research and development for generating highly qualified experts, intellectuals and policy makers to deal with the emerging opportunities and challenges in the resource-rich Middle East.

    The Area Study Center for Middle East and Arab Countries (ASC) has been established by the Federal Government of Pakistan at the University of Balochistan, Quetta in 1989 through a parliamentary legislation (Act No. XLV of 1975) passed by the first elected National Assembly of Pakistan to develop a better understanding of the Middle Eastern countries among its academia and decision makers in the corridors of power. The ASC seeks to promote inter-disciplinary study and research about this geopolitically important resource-rich region to strengthen academic and diplomatic ties with the Middle Eastern States. The Area Study Center with its own distinguished teaching faculty offers M.Phil and PhD programs in Area Studies (History, Political Science, International Relations and Economics) with specialization on the Middle East and Arab World. The ASC is governed by the Board of Governors, nominated by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan for three years that meets bi-annually to review the academic and administrative activities of the Center. The honorable Vice Chancellor of the University of Balochistan is the Chairman of the Board of Governors. The Director is the executive of the Center whereas the Admin Officer is responsible for the management of all administrative and operational functions of the officer of the Director.




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