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Muhammad Amir Rana is a security and political analyst and the director of Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS). 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 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 is also the editor of Pakistan Annual Security Report, and PIPS research journal ‘Conflict and Peace Studies’.


Safdar Hussain, nom de plume Safdar Sial, has been working with the Pak Institute for Peace Studies as a research analyst since March 2007. He holds a master’s degree in political science. His work focuses on conflict, insecurity, and violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan; regional political, strategic and security issues; and media and governance. He has published extensively in national and international journals and is a co-author of Dynamics of Taliban Insurgency in FATA, and Radicalization in Pakistan and editor of Critical Ideologies: A Debate on Takfeer and Khurooj. He is also associate editor of PIPS research journal ‘Conflict and Peace Studies.’


Muhammad Ismail Khan works as Director Projects at PIPS, where he also edits the Conflict and Peace journal. He has managed and executed a range of projects peace, social harmony, and CVE with national and international partners. He has also contributed articles to leading newspapers of Pakistan. His areas of interest include security and politics of Pakistan. He did Masters in International Relations from Boston University.


Shagufta Hayat holds Masters in Defence & Strategic Studies (DSS) from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She is presently responsible for managing operations and human resource in the organization. She has more than seven years of experience in project management field, including in communication roles, in several national organizations. Her areas of interest include peace building, conflict and security studies and women and youth development programs. She has co-authored papers on de-radicalization and contributed to several other PIPS publications. These include a co-authored paper, “De-radicalization: Approaches and Models” for PIPS Research Journal Conflict and Peace Studies, Volume 2, Number 2.


Hassan Sardar obtained his degree of MBA (Finance) from the Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad. Before that, he did his BBA (Hons.) in Finance from the University of Sargodha. He has more than 10 years of experience in financial management, accounting and administration. At PIPS, he has been working as Finance Manager, besides facilitating academic and networking events. Sardar is among the senior most staff members of the organization.


Shafiq-ur-Rehman works with PIPS as Researcher and Assistant Editor. He also authored an Urdu book Political Islam and the Modern State. He has earlier worked with NUML, Islamabad. An M. Phil in Arabic literature, Shafique has also completed Dars-e-Nizami from Wifaq ul Madaris Al-Araibiya.


Anam Fatima works as Research Assocaite at Pak Institute for Peace Studies, (PIPS), Islamabad. She holds Master of Philosophy (M Phil) in International Relations from National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad. She is a Mentor Education Youth Ambassador (EYA) at Idara-e-Talem-o-Agahi (ITA). Previously, she has worked as lecturer at Quaid-e-Azam University. Her areas of interest include politics of Asia-Pacific region, foreign policy of major powers, strategic study of China focussing on CPEC and international relations.


He is handling organizational admin related tasks, clerical support and maintaining archives at PIPS.He has also previously worked in several organizations at NRSP-Bahawalpur, PRS-Sahiwal and Khushhali Bank Bahawlpur.