Source description last updated: 30 September 2013
In brief: The Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) is an independent, not-for-profit, Islamabad-based think tank specialising in peace and security issues.
Coverage on
Pakistan Security Reports, other reports.
Covered quarterly on, for Pakistan.
“The Institute endeavours to make a contribution in resolving national and international conflicts through a knowledge-based approach. We believe that the first step in resolving violent conflicts is to understand them from all possible angles and dimensions. The framework of conflict resolution envisaged by PIPS draws on the efforts of researchers, academics and media persons who have a deep knowledge and direct experience of dealing with national, regional and global security issues. Our primary aim is to promote a better understanding of the threat of violence and terrorism emanating from a variety of sources in Pakistan and abroad.” (PIPS: About PIPS: Concept Note, undated)
According to a PIPS representative, the Institute is financed as follows: Projects funded by international donors, in particular British, Australian, US and German embassies, but also aid organisations and international media; fee-based reports; subscription fees for regular situation reports (BAA Staatendokumentation: Fact-Finding-Mission-Bericht zu Pakistan 2013, June 2013, p. 14)
Scope of reporting:
Pakistan; peace and security-related issues including “conflict and development, political violence, religious extremism, ethnic strife, terrorism - including state terrorism, economics, governance and democracy, foreign relations, and cultural learning of policy-making processes” (PIPS: About PIPS: Concept Note, undated)
“The PIPS approach is grounded in field research. Our surveys and policy analyses are informed by the work of a team of researchers, reporters and political analysts located in different areas of conflict in Pakistan. Based on information and assessments from the field, PIPS produces analytical reports, weekly security updates and policy briefings containing practical recommendations targeted at key national and international decision-makers. We also publish survey-based reports and books, providing in-depth analysis of various conflicts or potential conflicts.” (PIPS: About PIPS: Concept Note, undated)
Methodology for annual security reports: “The PIPS conflict/security database and archives are the basic sources relied upon for this report. […] PIPS compiles data from sources including newspapers, magazines, journals, field sources and screening of official record. More than 30 English and Urdu dailies, magazines, and journals, and various television news channels are monitored to update the database and archives. Regional daily newspapers and weeklies from Peshawar, Quetta, Gilgit and Karachi are also monitored for details of incidents reported in the local media. Correspondents in provincial capitals are the primary source for PIPS to verify the media reports. In case of a major incident, PIPS teams consult the local administration and journalists for further details. In cases where PIPS finds it difficult to verify facts of a particular incident, it gives preference to the official statements in that regard.” (PIPS: Pakistan Security Report 2012, 4 January 2013, p. 3)
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