Brief Institutional profiles for Peace and Conflict

NoName Org typeCurrent research capacity (senior, mid-career, junior staff)Thematic focusMethodological and geographic focusMain donor/funding/clientResearch Projects/Publications
1Institute of Public Policy, Beacon house National University (IPP-BNU)Academic/ Research InstituteResearch fellows:3, Research Associates:4Economics; Governance; Social Policy; Peace & Conflict Studies
Quantitative/ Qualitative/ Both         
Nation-WideLocation: Lahore
DFID, WB, USAID and the government of Punjab (contractual work only, no endowments)


1)       The Baseline on Governance Indicators in Pakistan,

2)       The Training Needs Assesment for Two Year and Four Year Bachelors’ Level Programs,

3)       Process Oriented Poverty Focused Gender Based Analysis of Punjab’s Budget 2009-10,

4)       Accelerating the Pace of Economic and Social Change in Punjab, 2007-2020 by Developing Provinces Resources and Integrating the Economy of Punjab with the Economies in the Region,

5)       Strengthening the System of Local Government in Punjab

2Center for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI)Advocacy/ Research Institute Governance; Peace & Conflict Studies
Quantitative/ Qualitative/ Both
­­Advocacy: Nation-wideResearch:Punjab (mostly), expanding into other provincesLocation: Islamabad
Donors: DFID, ActionAid, NED, British Council, OSI Partners:Free and Fair Election Network,Pakistan Coalition for Education,Parliamentary Commission For Human Rights,Action Aid Pakistan,Consumer Watch Pakistan,Human Rights Commission of Pakistan,Liberal Forum Pakistan (LFP),Individual Land, Shehri - CBE 2)INTERNATIONAL: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftungfür die Freiheit, UNESCO,Asian Development Bank, The Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA), Open Society Institute (OSI),Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, India (CBGA),OXFAM, World Learning,ManusherJonno,TACMIL Health Project Supported by USAid,Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP),British High Commission Pakistan,Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), The Asia Foundation, Commonwealth Education Fund,Privacy International, IFES,Commonwealth Foundation,Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative,Consumer Unity and Trust Society,National Endowment for Democracy,VSO International

Current Projects:

1)       Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Electoral Process in Pakistan

2)       Promoting Public Accountability Through Right to Information In Pakistan


Completed Projects:

1)       Promoting Transparent and Accountable Public Procurement Regime in Pakistan

2)       Research Project on Civil Paths to Peace in Pakistan

3)       Strengthening Gender Legal Framework for Combating Violence against Women

3Karachi University-Political Science DepartmentAcademic /Research InstituteProfessors:2, Associate Professors:2, Assistant Professors:2, Lecturers:4Political economy, peace and tolerance
Quantitative /Qualitative/ Both
Nation-wideLocation: Karachi

1)    The impact of media on the political psychology of Pakistan (qualitative study)

2)    The need of conflict resolution in south Asia: a case study of Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. 

4South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI)Advocacy/ Research InstituteSenior Researchers:4, Visiting Researchers:3, Midcareer:25, Junior Researchers:12Conflict and Peace, Economics and Social Policy
Quantitative /Qualitative/ Both
Location: Islamabad
IAEA, NATO, MOD, MOFA, WMD, EU, FCO, HECAlso independent endowments Research Papers: (2011-2012)

1)    Indian Military’s Cold Start Doctrine: Capabilities, Limitations and Possible Response from Pakistan

2)    Fissile Material Treaty Prospects and Challenges – Pakistan’s Perspective

3)    CD Agenda in 2011: Critical Appraisal

4)    Fissile Material Treaty (FMT): Implications for Pakistan

5)    Chernobyl and Beyond: Nuclear Power Renaissance and Apprehensions 

5Centre for Public Policy and Governance-Forman Christian College LahoreAcademic Research CentreSenior Researchers: 2Mid-Career researchers: 3Visiting Researchers: 1-2 /yearGovernance, Democracy, Institution building, peace building and conflict 
Quantitative (mainly) Qualitative (also)
Nation-wideLocation: Lahore
USAID, USIP, OSIOccasional Papers:1)       Pakistan, Afghanistan and US relations: implications and future directions

Policy Brief:

1)        US Withdrawal from Afghanistan & Pakistan’s Strategy


6Institute of Development and Economic alternatives (IDEAS)Think TankTotal Senior researchers: 7 (permenant:3, Visiting:4)Midcareer: NoneJunior: Varies from project to project (permanent: None)Economics, Education, Governance, Conflict and Peace(Public Finance and Fiscal federation, Human Development, Political economy and marginalization, governance and social exclusion)
Quantitative /Qualitative/ Both
Nation-wideLocation: Lahore
Open Society Foundation (OSFNone (Projects are in the pipeline)
7International growth Centre (IGC-Pak)Research CentreResearch fellows: 40Macroeconomic growth, Firms capability, State capability, Urbanization, Peace and Conflict
Quantitative (mainly) /Qualitative/Both
Punjab, KPK, and SindhLocation: Lahore
DFIDWorking Papers:

1)Political Violence in Pakistan 1988-2010: Patterns and Trends

   Policy Briefs:

1)       Policy Brief - Pakistan’s Trade Policies: Future Directions

2)       Pakistan's New Growth Strategy

8Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS)Think TankMidcareer researchers: 4, Junior Researxhers:21)Conflict and Peace 2) Democracy and Governance (Internal security, regional security, radicalization, violence)
Quantitative /Qualitative/ Both
South Asia
Location: Islamabad
Oxford Research Group, “ObservatórioPolítico (OP)” a Portuguese non-profit independent scientific research centre.Research Journal: conflict and peace studiesPapers:1)State building in Afghanistan: are reforms sustainable2)The process of de-radicalization: contextualizing the case of Pakistan3)Politics of radicalization and De-radicalization: impact on Pakistan’s security dynamics 
9Jinnah InstituteResearch InstituteSenior researchers (in-house):2,Mid-career Researchers:14 Governance, Social Policy, Conflict and Peace  (National Security, Foreign Policy, Civic engagement, Human Rights and social justice, secular expression)
Quantitative /Qualitative/ Both
Nation-wideLocation: Islamabad
NED, CIDA, USIP, FNF, BHC, IPCS, CDR, GoPPolicy briefs: 1)       The Uncertain Future of US Aid to Pakistan2)       Pakistan, the United States and the End Game in Afghanistan: Perceptions of Pakistan's Foreign Policy EliteResearch Reports:

1)   A Question of Faith: A Report on the Status of Religious Minorities in Pakistan

2)   Pakistan at Risk: Challenges and Opportunities After the Flood 

10Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS)Think TankResearch Analysts:1Research Fellows:2 (MSc:1, MPhil:1),Research Coordinators:2 (MSc:1, BSc:1),Visiting Research Fellow:1 (Ph.D student)Security & governance (conflict mapping, demographic governance), Counter terrorism (radicalization, centrality of Jirga), conflict and peace
Quantitative (mostly) /Qualitative/ Both
Mostly Baluchistan and KPK
Location: Islamabad
Donors:German Embassy, Swiss Embassy, HBS, USIP, UNDP, INTERNEWS (USA), Action aid, The Asia Foundation, Royal Embassy of Netherlands,Partners:Heinrich BöllStiftung, United States Institute of Peace, The Asia Foundation, InterNews, Governance Institutes Network International, Peace Education and Development Foundation, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, Association for Integrated Development (AID) – Quetta


1)       Support for Conflict Transformation and Peacemaking (SCTP) in Pakistan (2012), Sponsor: Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS), Pakistan

2)       Sabawoon (Radio Program, 2011) Peshawar, Sponsor: Government of Australia

3)       Pakistan Conflict Tracker (PCT), Partner: Embassy of Switzerland, Islamabad

4)       Da AmanAwaz (The Voice for Peace), Sponsor: United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington

5)       Media as a Tool in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (MTCRR), Partner: Peace and Development Programme, UNDP

6)       Lara Da Kor, Peshawar, Sponsor: INTERNEWS (USA)

7)       CRSS-Actionaid Campaign for Implementation of Balochistan Rights Package (2011), Sponsor/Partner: Actionaid, Pakistan

8)       Comparing Best Practices in Freedom for Information, Partner: The Asia Foundation, Pakistan

9)       Assessment of US Anti-terror Campaign in Afghanistan, Partner: United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington

11IRSThink TankPhDs/research Fellow: 1Research Analysts:4Research Scholars:5Strategic Issues, terrorism, economic and social issues, foreign Affairs (bilateral issues, trade and foreign relations)
Qualitative (Mostly)/ Quantitative /Both
Asia, Afghanistan, China, Central Asia, India, Pakistan and other South Asian states
Location: Islamabad
Russian Academy of Social Sciences, HEC,etc.


1)    REGIONAL STUDIES: The quarterly research journal of the Institute of Regional Studies

2)    SPOTLIGHT: A monthly publication dealing with a specific event in one or more the regional countries.

3)    FOCUS: A study published periodically on a particular issue in one of the regional countries

4)    MONOGRAPH SERIES: Detailed monograph studies on particular topics including states of the regional countries.

5)    PERSPECTIVE: Studies dealing with important regional issues in a larger perspective involving Pakistan and its neighbors and the region's interaction with the rest of world.Books:

1)    South Asian Studies-I, ELECTIONS IN INDIA, 1984-1985

2)    South Asian Studies-II, INDIAN POLITICAL SCENE, 1989   


12Institute of strategic Studies (ISSI)Think tank.Total Research Cap: 25+, MPhils: 3-4, PhDs: None (it has visiting fellows who are PhDs)Remaining: MastersEconomic and Social Issues, Nuclear Issues, Terrorism and Militancy.
Quantitative /Qualitative/ Both
Afghanistan/Central Asia, Russia, Pakistan, Middle East, United Nations, U.S, South Asia, Iran, China
Location: Islamabad
GoP (Ministry of Foreign affairs), HannsSiedel…Strategic studies:

1)    Washington and the New Silk Road: a new great game in Asia? (Author: NajamRafique, Fahd Humayun , Year: 2012 - Winter 2011 & Spring 2012 )

2)    Afghanistan's reconstruction and the international community: post 9/11 scenario (Author: SulemanYousaf , Year: 2012 - Winter 2011 & Spring 2012)

3)    The modernisation process in Afghanistan - a retrospective (Author: Aqab M. Malik , Year: 2012 - Winter 2011 & Spring 2012)

4)    Indo-US nuclear/strategic cooperation: Chinese response (Author: Saadat Hassan , Year: 2012 - Winter 2011 & Spring 2012)

5)    Chinese western region's development programme (Author: AnjumSaeed , Year: 2012 - Winter 2011 & Spring 2012)Reports & PRS:

1)NATO After Afghan Combat: Does the Atlantic Alliance Have an Asian Future (Author: Sabah Aslam , Year: 2012)

2)Pakistan in the Era of Turbulent Diplomacy (Author: Nadia Sarwar , Year: 2012)

3)Tunisia and The Arab Spring - Report (Author: Sarah Akram , Year: 2012)

4)The Future of Pakistan-US Relations - Press Release (Author: ISSI , Year: 2012)

5)Security; an EU Perspective - Press Release (Author: ISSI , Year: 2012)Reflections:

1)    The Search for Peace: Pakistan and India (Author: MahwishHafeez, Mohammad WaqasSajjad , KiranFirdous , Year: 2010)

1)    The prospects of Afghan Inteqal and Pastor Terry Jones (Author: Simbal Khan , Year: 2011)

2)    Freedom and Reform: The Political Power of Mass Media (Author: AmnaYousafKhokhar , Year: 2011)

3)    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visits to Pakistan and India (Author: AmnaYousafKhokhar , Year: 2011)

4)    The realist/constructivist paradigm: U.S. foreign policy towards Pakistan and India (Author: Selina Adam Khan , Year: 2010)

13Islamabad Policy Research Institute(IPRI)Think TankSenior Research Fellows (PhDs): 3Research Fellows:3, Visiting Research Fellows: 2Assistant Research Officers:7Social Issues, strategic Issues, Security Issues, Terrorism, Trade, Climate Change, Refugees, Issues related to Overseas Pakistanis
Quantitative /Qualitative/ Both
South Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Pak-US relations, Gulf Countries, Central Asia, China.Location: Islamabad
GoP, HannsSiedel Foundation, German Embassy, Brazilian EmbassyIPRI Studies:      

1.    Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan          

2.    Regional Economic Integration in South Asia: Progress and Prospects

3.    China’s Soft Power       

4.    Nuclear Weapons in India-Pakistan Crisis

5.    Politics of New Provinces in Pakistan: Prospects and Challenges                      

6.    Prospects of Arab Spring in Pakistan

Research Articles:

1.    Credible Minimum Nuclear Deterrence in South Asia

2.    The Russian Resurgence and South Asian Region

3.    Understanding Fourth Generation Warfare and It’s Relevance to Pakistan

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