Our object should be peace within, and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial friendly relations with our immediate neighbours and with the world at large.
CIPS was established on 1st March 2013. Later, it was inaugurated by UNSG Ban Ki-moon on 13th August 2013. It is an unique institution – the only one of its kind established with the purpose of conducting research and training in matters related to UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKOs). Its mandate is, however, not restricted to the relatively narrow field of peacekeeping. The studies at CIPS are organized within the overarching discipline of Peace & Conflict Studies. This relatively new branch of social sciences is devoted to identifying and analysing the nature of conflict with a view to finding solutions through peaceful and non-violent means.
Notwithstanding the fact that peace is an elusive commodity, humankind has always yearned for it. In the past few decades this desire for peace has translated into well structured genre of scholarly studies and scientific investigation. At the heart of these studies is an honest effort to prevent and defuse tensions and seek solutions to conflicts using the tools of negotiations, mediation and arbitration at all levels. This requires multi disciplinary knowledge from areas as diverse as political science, strategic studies, defence and diplomatic studies, geography, economics, psychology, sociology, international relations, history, anthropology, religious studies, and gender studies, as well as a variety of others.
Commitment to International Peace & Stability
in UN peacekeeping is obligated by our Constitution It is in this spirit that
Pakistan continues to provide wholehearted support to international and
regional for efforts for maintaining international peace and security.
Peaceful resolution of dispute has been part
of Pakistan’s foreign policy, that’s why it welcomed the deployment of UN
Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in 1949 to monitor ceasefire
violations in the disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir. This mission is
still operational. The first Pakistani peacekeepers were sent to Congo 1960 and
since then Pakistan has continuously provided peacekeepers to UN missions in
international trouble spots.
far, Pakistan has participated in 41 UN peacekeeping missions in 23 countries,
including 5 ongoing missions. Pakistan has provided over 150,000 peacekeepers
for the UN missions so far. At present, its contribution in ongoing 5 missions
is around 8000. Despite much greater challenges at home like the counter
terrorist operations at home, Pakistan has been steadfast in fulfilling its
international commitments by providing as many military peacekeepers as
required by UN. Pakistani peacekeepers have
won laurels for their professionalism and adherence to the internationally
recognized principles of peacekeeping i.e. total impartiality and minimum use
force. The dedication of Pakistani peacekeepers towards humanitarian assistance
as part of confidence and peace building measures has also been appreciated by
parties involved in conflict. Pakistan has also provided outstanding senior civilian
and military leadership for a number of UN missions.
speaks volumes of the dedication of the Pakistani peacekeepers that 138 of them,
including 22 officers, have laid down their lives in fulfilling the task
assigned to them under the UN mandate. On 5 June 1993, 24 Pakistani
peacekeepers were killed while serving humanity as part of UN operations in Somalia.
This day is commemorated as Pakistan Peacekeepers Day.
CIPS Academic Credentials
has unique academic credentials. It functions as part of National University of
Sciences and Technology (NUST), which is Pakistan’s leading university and is
counted among the top 500 of the world and the best 150 universities in Asia. CIPS
is located in NUST main campus in Sector H12 Islamabad overlooking the scenic
CIPS Academic Programs and
has the distinct honour of being formally inaugurated by UN Secretary General
Mr Ban Ki-moon on 13 August 2013. It functions on the hybrid model of combining
graduate programs in Peace & Conflict Studies (PCS) with short courses on
pre-deployment peacekeeping training. With time CIPS is expected to emerge as a
centre of excellence in international peace and stability with a focus on
peacekeeping, peace building and conflict resolution within the context of
prevailing international and regional environment.
has two departments i.e. the Department of Peace & Conflict Studies (PCS)
and the Department of Peacekeeping Training (PKT)
department runs PhD and masters course. It scope of studies covers peace and
conflict, international relations and strategic studies.
department trains officers and men from Pakistani armed forces as well those
belonging to friendly countries. The PKT courses have been designed have been
modelled on the requirements of the UN Department of Peacekeeping’s (DPKO)
Integrated Training Service (ITS) and international best practices on the
subject of peacekeeping. Curriculum is continually reviewed and regularly
updated with inputs from professionals and emerging trends on the subject of
are conducted not only by the regular faculty, who understand the UN system and
have served on missions or the UN Department of Peacekeeping but also veterans UN
mentors, veteran peacekeepers, subject matter experts from UN agencies e.g. UN
OCHA, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR and international organizations such as ICRC.
of PKT organizes six courses annually with varying scope:-
the Trainers Course for Contingent‘s Pre-deployment Training.
is worth mentioning that ITS / DPKO/ UN Sectt New York has officially recognised
UNMOC, which was attended by officers from friendly countries as well. More
courses will be recognised this year.
has also organized a number of international and national conferences, seminars
and workshops. This includes a joint seminar with German UN Peacekeeping Centre
during December 2014. CIPS has also sent its members to attend international
conferences on peacekeeping, to learn and share international best practices.
This includes inter alia the international
platforms such as International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres
(IAPTC), Association of Asia Pacific Peacekeeping Training Centres (AAPTC), Ex
Viking 14 and Challenges Forum.
The objective of peace studies is to create a win-win situation for all parties involved in a dispute. This is in contrast to waging wars and attaining pyrrhic victories through fair means or foul.