Pakistan faces multifaceted challenges on its national fronts such as Islamic radicalism, sectarianism, ethnic nationalism, political violence and insurgencies. Besides, there are social conflicts like tribal feuds and conflicts over resources. However, there is hardly any serious, empirically driven effort to understand, analyze and explain conflict phenomenon in Pakistan in any academic institution.
The aim of this project is to groom and train young scholars in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies and promote innovative, empirical re-search and fresh approaches to the study of conflict and peace building.
This project caters to the following areas of research:
- New approaches to Peace and Conflict in Pakistan. The primary focus of the project is to shift researchers away from published, second-ary sources or printed works towards empirical study of conflicts.
- Peace Building. To encourage Fellows engaged in research through this project to develop and deepen understanding of peace building processes. It also encourages them to explore relevance of traditional social, political or other channels of peace building and how they can be used to help settle specific conflicts
- Conflict Resolution. To offer research-based solutions to wide range of contemporary conflicts in Pakistan
- The first objective is to generate a professional research and teaching interest in peace and conflict studies. The Fellowship is a joint venture of LUMS and USIP and provides an excellent opportunity to young graduates to sharpen their focus and gain better idea about the emerging field of conflict and peace studies.
- Secondly, this project aims at orienting researchers towards multiple national conflicts and local security challenges like extremism, radicalism, ethnic problems, political violence, tribal feuds, caste, communal, sectarian and social conflicts and conflict resolution strategies.
- Thirdly, this project focuses on using empirical methodologies to help the researchers gain better understanding of relationship between research questions and appropriate methods of social science inquiry.
- Finally, this project aspires to develop a good pool of young researchers in the field of peace and conflict studies by offering them an opportunity to specialize.