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Founded in 1996 as an independent think tank, by former IAS officer PR Chari and Major General (Retd.) Dipankar Banerjee, the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), is one of the premier research institutes and think tanks on South Asia. It continues to be one of the leading independent institutes in the region with no affiliation to a particular institution and/or ideology.
Alternative Opinions. Young Voices
As an independent think tank, the Institute believes in promoting alternative approaches to security issues. More importantly, it provides a platform for different voices and promotes serious debate based on informed opinion. In particular, apart from regular commentaries and essays, the Institute also hosts a monthly column for scholars from across South Asia.

The IPCS believes in providing a substantial space for the views and opinions of the young generation. The Institute not only has the youngest profile in terms of its faculty, but also invites young scholars from other regions to host them as Interns and Visiting Fellows. IPCS’s ‘New Issues, Young Voices’ initiative provides a platform for young voices from various regions in South Asia to discuss and on contemporary issues and solutions. Since 2013, the Institute has organised three such dialogues for the young generation from Ladakh, Northeast India and Nepal.
Research and Programmes
The initial charter of the Institute focussed more on non-military security issues and threats to the region. However, the nuclear tests in 1998 and developments in the post 9/11 period in South Asia impinged on the focus of the Institute; and today, the Institute is again attempting to strike a fine balance between military and non-military security issues. Research at the Institute is carried out through its six programmes:
NSP Nuclear Security Programme (NSP)
SEARP Southeast Asia Research Programme (SEARP)
CRP China Research Programme (CRP)
IReS Centre for Internal and Regional Security (IReS)
ACSA Armed Conflicts in South Asia (ACSA)
As part of promoting innovative research, the Institute focuses on the following issues under the under the above programmes:
    • Nuclear Security
    • China’s Relations with its Neighbours
    • US, India and China in the Indian Ocean
    • US and the Asia Pacific
    • Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Nepal  and Myanmar
    • Taliban, Al Qaeda, radicalism, and transnational asymmetrical warfare and terrorism
    • Maritime Issues
Publications
Publications have always been the forte of the Institute. Besides individual publications of its faculty, over the past decade, the Institute has published over 40 books on wide-ranging subjects.

Besides the books, the Institute also publishes a series of Research Papers, Special Reports and Issue Briefs. Research Papers are 7000-8000 word-long essays. Special Reports are short essays ranging from 5000-6000 words and may also include special compendiums on current issues. Issue Briefs are more popular, focussing on contemporary developments and their implications.

Furthermore, the Institute also publishes short commentaries (800-850 words) on current issues. These are immediate responses and analyses published in real time. On an average, the IPCS publishes 35-40 commentaries each month.

We also send a weekly alert to a select list, highlighting our latest publications.

The faculty at the Institute also writes regularly for external publications.
IPCS Activities
Discussions, Seminars, Reviews and Conferences
The Institute regularly organises discussions on current issues and contemporary developments. IPCS hosts visitors and scholars all over India and elsewhere regularly to provide a platform for foreign scholars and dignitaries to interact with the Indian strategic community.

IPCS also undertakes reviews of external publications and research. As part of this initiative, the Institute organises book discussions, peer reviews and independent critiques. (Contact article@ipcs.org  to review your work)

The Institute also provides briefings to visiting teams from abroad.  Based on requests and depending on the Institute’s schedule and speciality, IPCS provides short closed door briefings on select themes to visiting research teams and diplomatic delegations. (Contact officemail@ipcs.org  for special briefings)
Podcasts
The Institute also boasts of an exclusive studio and an online channel where brief interviews on various issues are undertaken with the members of the strategic community. These are then published as IPCS Podcasts.
Internship Programme
The Institute has a vibrant internship programme. Every quarter, it hosts three to five young scholars from all over the world to partake in research activities under various programmes. Interns at the IPCS take active part in the discussions, present papers, and publish short commentaries and reports.
IPCS Faculty
The faculty of the Institute includes regular staff, the Executive Committee, and Distinguished and Visiting Fellows.

The Executive Committee is headed by the President and includes senior members from different faculties and background, and represents the bureaucracy, academia, media and the armed forces. Current members include Ambassador Salman Haidar (President), Ambassador IP Khosla (Treasurer), Ambassador Leela Ponappa, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) AS Lamba, Mr. AS Dulat, Commodore (Retd.) Uday Bhaskar, Dr C Raja Mohan, Professor Ummu Salma Bava, Professor Varun Sahni, Ms. Suhasini Haidar and D. Suba Chandran (Director).

The regular faculty at the Institute is headed by the Director and includes Visiting Professors, Senior Fellows, Research Fellows, Research Officers, Research Assistants and Interns.

The faculty also includes Distinguished Fellows and Visiting Fellows from all over the world.
Partners and Networks
The Institute closely interacts with leading strategic thinkers, former members of the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces – the army, navy, and the air force – the academic community, and the media.

The Institute also organises track-II dialogues involving the strategic community from other countries on select issues such as Nuclear Security, India-Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Water Security.

The IPCS has partnered with the Brookings Institute, Sandia National Lab, IISS, China Research Forum, and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, among others, in the past.

Furthermore, the IPCS is part of regional and international networks. In South Asia, the Institute is the founder member of the Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks (COSATT), a network of leading think tanks in the region; the Strategic Studies Network (SSN) led by the Near East South Asia Center (NESA) involving think tanks and scholars from North Africa, West Asia, Central Asia, and South Asia; the Council for Asian Transnational Threat Research (CATR) including experts and Institutes from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, Korea, Japan and the United States; and the GIBSA network involving the Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung  Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP), Berlin; Centro de Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais (CEBRI), Rio de Janeiro; and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Pretoria.
Funding and Commitment to Independence
In the past, the Institute has received project support from various institutions and ministries that include the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the MacArthur Foundation, the Korea Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Ploughshares among others.

While IPCS receives funding from various government agencies and private sources, its policy recommendations do not subscribe to any particular political view or interests. The Institute is dedicated to independent, non-partisan research and analysis.

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The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) is the premier South Asian think tank which conducts independent research on and provides an in depth analysis of conventional and non-conventional issues related to national and South Asian security including nuclear issues, disarmament, non-proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, counter terrorism , strategies security sector reforms, and armed conflict and peace processes in the region.

For those in South Asia and elsewhere, the IPCS website provides a comprehensive analysis of the happenings within India with a special focus on Jammu and Kashmir and Naxalite Violence. Our research promotes greater understanding of India's foreign policy especially India-China relations, India's relations with SAARC countries and South East Asia.

Through close interaction with leading strategic thinkers, former members of the Indian Administrative Service, the Foreign Service and the three wings of the Armed Forces - the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force, - the academic community as well as the media, the IPCS has contributed considerably to the strategic discourse in India.

 
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