Muhammad Amir Rana
Research Analyst

Organizational Status: Director

Muhammad Amir Rana is a security and political analyst and the director of Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an independent Islamabad-based think tank.
He has worked extensively on issues related to counter-terrorism, counter-extremism, and internal and regional security and politics.
He was a founder member of PIPS when it was launched in January 2006 and had previously worked as a journalist with various Urdu and English daily newspapers from 1996 until 2004. He has also been affiliated with the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore as a visiting fellow. He has also given lectures at several universities and security institutes in Pakistan and abroad.
Amir has published widely in national and international journals, professional publications and magazines. He writes regularly for Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English newspaper. He has also been invited to appear as an expert on the electronic media, including CNN, BBC World, Al Jazeera English, France 24, CCTV9, Voice of America, Al-Arabia and other Pakistani and international news channels.
Amir is also the editor of Pakistan Annual Security Report, English research journal ‘Conflict and Peace Studies’ and Urdu monthly magazine “Tajziat”. He also heads Narratives, a publishing house.

There are eight publications to his credit:

  • Dynamics of Taliban Insurgency in FATA (English), Co-author with Safdar Sial & Abdul Basit
  • Jihad-e-Kashmir-o-Afghanistan (Urdu), Directory of militant and religious organizations of Pakistan
  • Gateway to Terrorism (English), English version of “Jihad-e-Kashmir-o-Afghanistan”, published from London
  • Seeds of Terrorism (English), Post 9/11 jihad scenario in South Asia, Published from London
  • Jihad and Jihad (Urdu), Profiles of jihadist leadership
  • Arabs in Afghan Jihad (English), Co-author with Mubasher Bukhari
  • Northern Areas: Crisis and Prospects (English), Co-author with Mujtaba Rathoor
  • Dynamics of Political Islam  in Pakistan (English) - the book will be the part of PIPS project on ‘Understanding Islam’
  • Aur Adalat Har Ghai (Urdu), A political study of the 1997’s judicial executive crisis of Pakistan