Dialogue

External Players Will Continue to Exploit Pakistan’s Internal Security Threats if Left Unmanaged


20 April 2009

Events

“The security challenges to Pakistan in the form of religious extremism, terrorism and radicalization, are internal and real, which if not managed through a comprehensive security policy will continue to be exploited by the external players. Once the internal security issues are resolved, the external links of the miscreants, militants and nationalist insurgents will cease to exist or reduced to minimum”. Mr. Muhammad Amir Rana, Director Pak Institute for... Read More

When Defined Objectively, Radicalization Seems Very Close to War: Wusat Ullah Khan


11 March 2009

Events

“Radicalization is a state of mind or ideology that is not static. It is linked with extremism and terrorism when it comes to achieve its targets. While war is an instrument to achieve the national and group interests and targets, radicalization can be defined objectively in the same domain; but it may not be the only definitional relevance. Radicals use violent means to bring change and sometimes states also do the same as Hitler and Stalin used brutal force to... Read More

Radicalization Can be Religious, Secular, Political or Economic Phenomenon: Shabana Fayyaz


26 February 2009

Events

Radicalization is as an ongoing phenomenon and to define it there is need to look at the theoretical interpretations of the subject overtime. One must understand the radicalization in context of theories and approaches put forward by traditionalists/behaviorists, structuralists and constructivists. Radicalization is a process, which is not stagnant in its nature. In its definition objective and subjective elements are involved. It is an interactive phenomenon. One... Read More

Radicalization in Pakistan: Journalists See Media's Reconciliatory Role as Desirable


13 February 2009

Events

Participants of the PIPS media workshop Radicalization has become too a complex phenomenon in Pakistan to be tackled by media alone. Media should, however, play the role of a mediator between government and the people. Becoming a motivational force for peace, Pakistani media can initiate a dialogue and based-on-it reconciliation. But for this, media groups and journalists would have to adopt unbiased approaches, develop internal coordination... Read More

Building Infrastructure and Institutions is Imperative to Restore Peace in FATA


27 January 2009

Events

ICPVTR Director Dr. Rohan Gunaratna and PIPS Director Muhammad Amir Rana presiding over the session The deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Pakistani tribal areas can be addressed by building infrastructure and institutions there. This was stated by Syed Adnan Ali Shah, PhD fellow and in-charge South Asia Desk at ICPVTR, Singapore, while delivering his lecture on “An overview of militancy in FATA” at PIPS on January... Read More

Terrorism is a Product of Strategic Choices and Psychological Forces: Prof. Adam Dolnik


20 January 2009

Events

There is something more than mere psychological forces which motivates people to become terrorists. Terrorism is a strategic choice opted by the terrorists to correct their perceived [and stated] sense of the deprivations, grievances and injustices. This was stated by Prof. Adam Dolnik while addressing a session on “What do we know about why do people become terrorists?” organized by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) on January 15, 2009. Prof.... Read More

Absence of constitutional means and biased social structure give birth to radicalism: Dr. Rasul Baksh Rais


14 January 2009

Events

“Absence of constitutional means, human freedom, unequal distribution of the wealth, biased social structure and weak law and order situation produce radical movements in the developing or developed societies,” said Dr. Rasul Bakhsh Rais, who addressed a “session on defining the Phenomenon of Radicalization in Pakistan” organized by the PIPS on January 2, 2009 at its premises. Dr. Rais is professor of political science at School of Humanities and... Read More

Reviewing Afghan and Iraq policies is necessary: Stephan


30 December 2008

Events

“Desire for revenge is also behind the violent activities. Non-violent means have been failed and something must be done. Improving domestic socioeconomic and political situation and reviewing foreign policy in terms of Afghanistan and Iraq is necessary,” remarked Mr. Stephan Tankel while addressing a session on “Radicalization in the West” on December 24 at the PIPS premises. Mr Stephen is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the... Read More
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