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 ofDynamics 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.’

Sajjad Azhar has extensive experience in journalism, investigative reporting and media relations. Since 1994, he has worked for different national and international newspapers and periodicals and produced a number of reports, interviews and features. He is author of an Urdu-language book "Do Wattan" (Two Homelands), which describes the lives of Pakistani Diaspora in the United Kingdom. From 2007 to 2009, he remained associated with PIPS as a researcher and rejoined the Institute in May 2014 as Media and Event Coordinator.

Hassan holds MBA in finance from Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad. He is one of the senior team members of the organization. He is also responsible for the organization of special PIPS academic and networking events.

Muhamamd Ismail Khan works as Senior Project Manager at PIPS, where he also edits the Conflict and Peace journal. 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 holds Masters in Defense and Strategic Studies from Qaud-i-Azam University Islamabad. Apart from her responsibilities as a researcher at the Data base department, she has co-authored papers on de-radicalization and contributed to several other PIPS publications.


  • Deradicalization: Approaches and Models (Research Paper), Co-author with Saba Noor, PIPS Research Journal Conflict and Peace Studies, Volume 2, Number 2, 2009, pp. 47-56

Anam Fatima works as Research Associate 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 an 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 and international relations.

Zarghuna Alam works as Program Assistant at Pak Institute for Peace Studies, (PIPS) Islamabad. She holds Masters in International Relations from University of Peshawar (UoP). Her areas of interest include Foreign Policy Analysis, International Law, and International Relations.

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