Muhammad Amir Rana is the director of Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS). He was a founder member of PIPS when it was launched in January 2006 and had previously worked as a journalist with various Urdu and English daily newspapers from 1996 until 2004. He has also been affiliated with the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore as a visiting fellow and completed fellowship on “Rule of law and CPEC” at National Australian University (ANU) offered by department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australia (March-April, 2018). He has also given lectures at several universities and security institutes in Pakistan and abroad. He has worked extensively on issues related to counter-terrorism, counter-extremism, and internal and regional security and politics.
He has published widely in national and international journals, professional publications and magazines. He writes regularly for Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English newspaper. He has also been invited to appear as an expert on the electronic media, including CNN, BBC World, Al Jazeera English, Voice of America, Al-Arabia and other Pakistani and international news channels. He is also the editor of Pakistan Annual Security Report, PIPS’ English research journal ‘Conflict and Peace Studies’ and Urdu monthly magazine “Tajziat”.
His literate career is spread over three decades. He has contributed an anthology of short stories and a novel apart from more than fifty literary essays. He has been an active member of several literary circles.
- German Peace Prize 2016
- Visiting fellow, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University Singapore (2004)
- Australia Awards Fellowship, Australian National University, Canberra (2018)
- Instructor, National Police Academy, Islamabad, Pakistan.
- Member steering committee, National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) Pakistan
- Fellowship on “Rule of law and CPEC” by Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australia for two months from March 01, 2018 to April 30, 2018
- Visiting fellow, International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
- Advisory member, Terrorism Research Center, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
- Advisory member, Quarterly Research Journal, Strategic Studies’ of Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan.