The Pak Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS) is an independent think-tank based in Islamabad and committed to providing an in-depth analysis of regional and global issues relating to peacebuilding. PIPS engages in research to understand the ongoing conflicts (such as militancy, religious extremism, radicalisation and national insurgency) with the help of leading academics, scholars and thinkers on these issues in their local, regional and global context with a view to creating knowledge that will foster peacebuilding.
PIPS is currently pursuing two comprehensive and multi-layered programmes for peacebuilding: the PIPS De-radicalization Plan and the PIPS Media Interventions to Promote Democratic Values and Conflict Resolution Plan. These programmes are not limited to mere empirical understanding of issues relating to peacebuilding, but to fully implement developed strategies for countering radicalisation and to spread the message of peace.
The institute has the following key thematic areas:
- political violence and terrorism;
- regional strategic issues;
- conflict and development;
- economic strategic issues; and
- international relations and foreign policy.
PIPS is working in these thematic areas to form a South Asian Policymakers Group in collaboration with its South Asian partners. Apart from researches and reports, PIPS is also managing a web journal, South AsiaNet, to cover a range of issues facing Pakistan and South Asia, in particular peace and security.