The Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) is an independent, not-for-profit non governmental research and advocacy think-tank. An initiative of leading Pakistani scholars, researchers and journalists, PIPS conducts wide-ranging research and analysis of political, social and religious conflicts that have a direct bearing on both national and international security. The PIPS approach is grounded in field research. Our surveys and policy analyses are informed by the work of a team of researchers, reporters and political analysts located in different areas of conflict in Pakistan. Based on information and assessments from the field, PIPS produces analytical reports, weekly security updates and policy briefings containing practical recommendations targeted at key national and international decision-makers. We also publish survey-based reports and books, providing in-depth analysis of various conflicts or potential conflicts.
The main focus of PIPS’ research is the link between religion and conflict. Studying Pakistan’s jihadi organizations and religious seminaries has been a key element in this effort. We have produced ground-breaking publications on the phenomenon of jihad, madrasa education and Talibanisation in the country. Some of our publications on jihadi organizations and religious militancy have gained worldwide recognition. PIPS has also developed a vast regional and global network for information sharing and research on some of the key security issues facing Pakistan, which also have a profound impact on regional and global security. The Institute serves as a forum for international strategic thinkers to come together and play an active role in understanding threats to world peace and recommend policy measures to counter them.
The Institute endeavours to make a contribution in resolving national and international conflicts through a knowledge-based approach. We believe that the first step in resolving violent conflicts is to understand them from all possible angles and dimensions. The framework of conflict resolution envisaged by PIPS draws on the efforts of researchers, academics and media persons who have a deep knowledge and direct experience of dealing with national, regional and global security issues. Our primary aim is to promote a better understanding of the threat of violence and terrorism emanating from a variety of sources in Pakistan and abroad. In pursuit of this goal, the PIPS team collects, processes, interprets and disseminate information relevant to our mandate and conducts independent policy analysis. This process is complemented by our skills and training activities which are designed to promote public awareness and build domestic constituencies for peace in Pakistan. We also aim to keep a close liaison with some of the leading global peace and security institutes and think-tanks. The purpose of building this domestic and international network is to create space for alternative views and approaches.
PIPS carries out and disseminates policy analysis and research studies on the regional and global strategic issues such as conflict and development, political violence, religious extremism, ethnic strife, terrorism - including state terrorism, economics, governance and democracy, foreign relations, and cultural learning of policy-making processes. It also conducts dialogues, trainings and other educational programs for strengthening partnerships and resolving inter-state conflicts, and clashes between the government and the public - including various sections of the public within the framework of civil society.
The Institute’s scope can be divided into two areas: research and analysis and, based on that, advocacy.
Research and Analysis: Our core activity is to provide cutting edge research and analysis and develop policy proposals with the help of experts and analysts in different fields. This work spans more than 20 programmes grouped under the following five broad themes:
1. Political Violence and Terrorism 2. Regional Strategic issues 3. Conflict and Development 4. Economic Policy Issues 5. International Relations and Foreign Policy
On the strength of our programmes, PIPS offers a range of consultancy services through a combination of independent research and analysis, innovative academic programmes, and hands-on training and support that serves the following basic goals:
* Build leadership capacity through advocacy, seminars and workshops focused on the five broad themes mentioned above; * Facilitate dialogue among national and international actors of various ideological and political inclinations; * Disseminate research and analysis on the dynamics of an array conflicts and on subjects relevant to policymakers and practitioners; * Provide training in conflict management and resolution techniques including mediation and negotiation skills, to governments, civil society leaders, and international organizations and enhance their understanding of the domestic and regional socio-cultural milieu; * Sponsor, and participate in, security dialogues and regional and global conferences; * Develop educational and training materials for scholars, researchers and civil society activists; * Educate the public by organizing seminars, publishing research material and conducting academic courses; * Produce comprehensive and fully researched publications in our five core areas of work.
An internet academic magazine resource, SouthAsiaNet focuses on regional and global strategic issues. It carries reports on a range of economic, political and military aspects of security. In addition to research papers and journalistic reports, this project provides space for exclusive profiles of various political, religious and militant outfits that are active in South Asia, East Asia and Central Asia.
In order to create a community of researchers and analysts in Pakistan and enhance their skills, PIPS offers training workshops, seminars, and short- and long-term courses. Our courses are open to academies, scholars, researchers, analysts, students and civil society activists.
At PIPS we are building one of the largest databases on peace and security issues. The project aims to publish profiles of organizations as well as people who influence regional and global security. The Institute already serves as a major source of information and statistics on madrasas, militant groups and terrorism activities in Pakistan. We plan to expand the current database to cover the entire region.