Departments Research and Analysis Cell

Research and Analysis Cell

The Research and Analysis (R&A) Cell serves as a cornerstone in advancing interdisciplinary research within the realms of UN Peacekeeping, and Peace and Conflict Studies. As an integral component of the Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS), the primary objective of R&A Cell is to facilitate and accelerate research initiatives that significantly contribute to the global pursuit of sustainable peace and stability. Here’s a breakdown of its key functions:

  1. Publication(s):
    • Oversees the compilation and publication of the NUST Journal for International Peace and Stability (NJIPS) and CIPS Magazine. These platforms are instrumental in disseminating cutting-edge research and insights related to peacekeeping and conflict resolution to a global audience.
  2. Policy-Relevant Research:
    • Conducts and promotes policy-relevant research that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By focusing on interdisciplinary research, the R&A Cell contributes to informed decision-making and policy formulation aimed at addressing global challenges associated with peacekeeping and peacebuilding endeavours.
  3. Engagement with Think Tanks and Organizations:
    • Establishes and maintains liaisons with leading think tanks, both regionally and internationally, as well as other UN-relevant bodies within the sphere of Peace and Conflict Studies. This collaboration facilitates knowledge exchange, fosters partnerships, and enhances the impact of research efforts thus providing synergistic efforts towards shared objectives.
  4. Coordination with Military Operations Directorate and Peacekeeping Missions:
    • Coordinates closely with the Military Operations (MO) Directorate and peacekeeping missions abroad. This collaboration ensures alignment between research activities and operational requirements, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of peacekeeping efforts on the ground.
  5. Stakeholder Coordination:
    • Coordinates and liaises with key stakeholders involved in peacekeeping, including the Ministry of Defense, Foreign Office, and Interior Ministry. By engaging with relevant government agencies, the R&A Cell facilitates synergies, fosters cooperation, and ensures a comprehensive approach to peacekeeping efforts.
  6. Analysis of Best Practices and Lessons Learned:
    • R&A Cell analyzes and compiles best practices and lessons learned from UN missions deployed across the globe. This critical evaluation of past experiences enables the identification of effective strategies, as well as areas for improvement, thereby contributing to the continuous enhancement of peacekeeping operations.
  7. Seminars and Conferences:
    • Plans and arranges seminars and conferences on peacekeeping-related subjects. These events serve as platforms for knowledge sharing, academic discourse, and networking among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers involved in peace and stability efforts.
  8. Research Enhancement:
    • Works to enhance research capacity in the fields of peacekeeping and conflict resolution. This includes supporting research initiatives, providing resources and training opportunities, and fostering a conducive environment for scholarly inquiry and innovation.

The R&A Cell is dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary research and analysis that informs policies, strengthens peacekeeping efforts, and contributes to global peace and stability.

NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability (NJIPS)

The NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability (NJIPS) serves as an esteemed platform within the academic community, offering a rigorous exploration of contemporary peace and conflict dynamics on a global scale. NJIPS is a peer-reviewed bi-annual academic journal dedicated to the exploration of contemporary peace and conflict dynamics on a global scale by covering a broad spectrum of issues relevant to peace and conflict studies, including peacekeeping, armed conflict, regional security, conflict resolution, and violent extremism.

Registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), NJIPS upholds principles of accessibility and transparency and maintains its ethical standards of publication by being a proud member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

NJIPS is committed to providing a platform for national and international scholars to disseminate their original and timely research contributions. With a steadfast dedication to scholarship and practitioner engagement, NJIPS bridges the gap between theoretical insights and practical applications, offering pragmatic perspectives and policy recommendations to address real-world challenges. Authors are invited to submit their work in the form of Research Articles, Research Essays, and book reviews, adhering to the journal’s submission guidelines, which undergo a rigorous peer-review process to maintain academic rigor and quality. By fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and encouraging contributions from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, NJIPS aims to cultivate a vibrant scholarly community focused on advancing knowledge and understanding in the field of international peace and stability. Researchers, scholars, and practitioners alike are invited to join NJIPS in its mission to promote dialogue, generate knowledge, and contribute to the global pursuit of peace and stability.


CIPS Magazine


CIPS Magazine features the ongoing activities, updates and advancements taking place at the Centre. The content of the Magazine primarily focuses on the diverse initiatives and development[s] within the realm of Peacekeeping Training and Peace and Conflict Studies. While highlighting the Peace Operations Training Courses at CIPS, the Magazine documents the role, commitment and contribution of the Pakistan Army in maintaining peace and security in conflict-ridden areas, as per the UN Charter.

This remarkable contribution is evident in both the training and deployment aspects of peacekeeping missions. Additionally, it showcases the varied academic and scholarly endeavors undertaken by the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies.

The Magazine also includes various articles on the experiences, lessons learned and insights of the Pakistani Peacekeepers from the mission areas. In addition, the Magazine proudly presents a collection of the milestones achieved by the faculty and students of CIPS, each one of whom is an intellectual asset of the Centre.

Our team:

  • Imran Rashid – Senior Research Fellow & Editorial Director (NJIPS)
  • Dr. Muhammad Makki – Editor in Chief (NJIPS)
  • Warda Gul– Research Associate & Managing Editor (NJIPS)
  • Sabeel Ahmed Naeem – Research Associate & Asst Editor (NJIPS)

Head of Department Message

Imran Rashid

The Research and Analysis (R & A) Cell represents a pioneering initiative for streamlining innovative and interdisciplinary research initiatives at CIPS, within the broader scope of UN Peacekeeping and Peace and Conflict Studies. To this end, the R&A Cell is tasked with the collection, coordination, analysis, and dissemination of data and other information about, and for, the Centre. It works to initiate joint research collaboration and institutional exchanges with lead think tanks, both regional and international, and UN-relevant organizations operating within the sphere of PCS. It further coordinates with the Pakistan Army and UN peacekeeping missions abroad, analyzing and compiling the best practices and lessons learnt on UN Missions deployed across the globe. The Cell also engages other key stakeholders concerned with peacekeeping, including the Ministry of Defense, the Foreign Office, and the Interior Ministry, to conduct and promote policy-relevant research that offers academic perspectives in the service of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Additionally, the Cell oversees the compilation and publication of the NUST Journal for International Peace and Stability (NJIPS), as well as the CIPS Magazine, while planning and arranging seminars and conferences on peacekeeping-related subjects.

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