Pakistan

Building an Empirical Knowledge base is Imperative to Counter-radicalization in Pakistan


25 May 2010

Events

Despite the phenomenal rise of radical ideologies in Pakistan, the country lacks an empirical knowledge base to form counter-strategies. These observations were shared with a visiting high profile European delegation of academics, practitioners and community lobbyists on 24 May 2010 here at PIPS. The delegation was comprised of Dr. Harald Weilnböck, a psychotherapist by profession and one of the leading European experts on radicalization, Alan Weston, associated with the European... Read More

9/11 Changed the Perceptions of Americans about Pakistan


04 May 2010

Events

“In Pak-US relations, 9/11 serves as water shed event which changed the perceptions of many Americans towards Pakistani Diaspora in US. It not only enhanced the feelings of hatered and mistrust between the two communities but also became a strong reason for imposing restriction on Muslims’ religious freedom in US”. These were the thoughts of Miss. Rabia Zafar--a PhD student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford and an internee at Pak Institute for Peace... Read More

Taliban Insurgency is Thriving in FATA noted PIPS' New book


19 April 2010

Events

After September 11, 2001 the militant networks have become stronger and well entrenched in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (FATA); while the militant economy has surpassed the volume of $ 6bn per annum. The dynamics of insurgency in FATA is very complex and intertwined with the recent developments in Afghanistan and thus have far reaching consequences for the regional security situation. In these circumstances a significant change in the mindset of Pakistani military... Read More

Pakistani Litterateurs have an Alternative Narrative to Counter-Extremism


19 April 2010

Events

Pakistani litterateurs and intellectuals have an important role to counter extremism in the society. They are not only well aware of the phenomenal increase of extremist trends and its various manifestations; they also hold better solutions and comprehensive recommendations for the culmination of extremism.  These views were expressed by the participants in a dialogue on “Intellectual’s Response to Extremism in Pakistan” organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies on... Read More

Youth Radicalization in Pakistan. A Session with Mr. Moeed Yusuf


10 March 2010

Events

Alienation, deprivation and marginalization coupled with three parallel and isolated education systems are the driving factors of youth radicalization in Pakistan, said Moeed Yusuf a Pakistani political analyst and researcher. “The youth lies at the heart of the debate of radicalization in Pakistan. Being the only nuclear power of the Muslim world and the second largest Muslim populated country, Pakistan’s future direction is of vital concern for the West. To save the future... Read More

South Asia can Learn from EU’s Oriental Approach for Resolving Long-Standing Inter-State Conflicts.


13 February 2010

Events

“European Union is a proper answer to endemic conflicts, which had been tearing the European subcontinent since times immemorial.  South Asian states can learn from EU oriental approach to pave the way of resolving long-standing inter-state conflicts.” These views were expressed by Prof. Krzysztof Byrski, a renowned Polish expert on South Asian Affairs at a lecture organized by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) at its premises on 9 February.... Read More

Mainstream Media’s Response to Radical Extremism


Najaum-u-Din

22 January 2010

Research Article

There  seems  to  be  broad  agreement  among  analysts  that  Pakistan  has  never  witnessed  worse manifestations of violence fuelled by radical extremism than it does today.   Against this backdrop I want to focus on the mainstream media’s role instead of talking about the fringe jihadi media.   It is obvious that the media cannot remain aloof from the developments taking place in society. We were taught... Read More

Understanding FATA


Syed Manzar Abbas Zaidi

22 January 2010

Research Article

The  Afghan  Islamists’  political  failure  to  produce  realistic  agendas  for  change1  is  cited  by  some analysts  as  an  example  of  the  failure  of  political  Islam.  Some  others  however  argue  that  Muslim societies  seem  to  have  been  characterized  in  the  20th  century  by... Read More

Militants Media in Pakistan: Political Etymology and Professional Craft


PIPS

21 January 2010

Research Article

Dialogue  The Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) organized a series of policy dialogues to seek expert opinion on a PIPS research report titled ‘Understanding Militants’ Print Media in Pakistan and its Impact’. The report maps the militants’ media, its genesis and evolution, and impact on the Pakistani state and society. The report also profiles publications of the militants’ media, colloquially known as ‘jihad media’, along with publications... Read More

An External View of the Vernacular Press in Pakistan


Ranga Kalansooriya

01 January 2010

Research Article

Hailing from a conflict ridden socio-political background in another neighbouring country – Sri Lanka, it was  not  much  difficult  for  me  to  understand  the  trends  and  styles  of  Pakistani  media  fabric  since  both countries share many social, cultural and political dynamics. But in an honest note I must admit the fact that my attempt here is not to be a ‘pundit’ or a... Read More

Policy Dialogue on “Militants’ Media and its Trends in Pakistan”


04 December 2009

Events

The Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) organized a policy dialogue on “Militant Media and its Trends in Pakistan” on 17 December 2009 in Islamabad. In his introductory remarks, PIPS director Mr. Amir Rana said the dialogue was the third and final event of a series of seminars to seek expert opinion on a PIPS research report titled “Understanding Militants’ Print Media in Pakistan and its Impact”.  The report mapped the... Read More

Assessing the Reporting, Approach and Impact of Militants’ Print Media in Pakistan


23 November 2009

Events

An analysis of militants’ media in Pakistan evading discussion on the role of the mainstream media will not be a true description of the ‘narrative’ being pursued and promoted by the former. It is really hard to skip over the opinion that has been repeated throughout this seminar that a part of Pakistan’s mainstream media has been manifesting an approach that is very close to the militants’ media, and media barons of Pakistan can’t be excluded from this... Read More

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