About International Peace Research Initiative (IPRI)
The International Peace Research Initiative was launched in 2019 at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) with the primary objective to pursue peace research as an independent discipline outside the conflict and security studies. The primary activities of IPRI include research, publications, capacity-building, outreach and 'peace networks.'
IPRI undertakes research on varied issues affecting a peace process every year. In this regard, IPRI has studied particular issues like radicalisation, sustainable peace and global protest movements. IPRI has led discussions in identifying the types, causes and consequences of radicalisation on groups, individuals and the State. While focusing on peace processes, the initiative has aimed to question the rationale of each process with special reference to South Asia. Confounded with a new trend across the world, IPRI has presently dedicated itself in understanding the political protests and mass movements from Chile to Hong Kong.
IPRI Publications: Briefs, Comments, Alerts and a Weekly
The research by IPRI is regularly published as Briefs, Comments and Alerts. While the "IPRI Brief" of 1,500 words focuses on contemporary matters relating to human security and political conflicts, the "IPRI Comments" are short analysis of timely yet evolving conflict events. By monitoring potential conflict situations and peace deals, IPRI brings to the academic community periodic early warning analyses as alerts. The alerts aim to identify the sustainability of a current peace and conflict transformation processes at the earliest.
IPRI Special Dispatch: The Conflict Weekly
The "Conflict Weekly" is the latest academic endeavour by IPRI to bring across every Wednesday a weekly analysis of the conflict and peace processes in the world; aiming to look at the larger 'peace picture.'
The scope of peace research expands when one starts young. IPRI believes in capacity-building and creating young peace researchers' networks for undergraduate and graduate scholars. With this aim, IPRI has conducted the Armed Conflicts and Peace Processes Young Scholars Workshop in 2018 where the discussants (all below 27 years of age) focused on political, economic and environmental conflicts of today. Linking the liberal script, IPRI attempted to look at Peace Innovation and Peace Start-Ups as novel concepts in charting a peace plan of action by interacting with young scholars across South Asia in December 2019.
IPRI Outreach: Peace Lecture Series
IPRI invites experts in the Peace and Conflict studies to deliver talks as part of its outreach activity. In this regard, the "Peace Lectures" by Heribert Dieter on drivers of conflict, Dr Francois Heran on "Drivers of Migration: A Global Analysis", Dr Klaus Schüler on "Emerging Challenges to Liberal Democracies and Prof Rajmohan Gandhi on Gandhian Peace (Gandhi at 150, India at 70) are novel start towards incorporating a wider interplay of ideologies in peace research.
IPRI collaborates with its primary network partner the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) on peace research and workshops monitoring the peace process, violent conflicts and protest movements. In addition, to facilitate capacity-building, IPRI has created a network of educational institutions which include the following: Department of International Studies, Stella Maris College, Chennai; Centre for South Asian Studies, Pondichery University; Department of International Studies and History, CHRIST (deemed- to-be University), Bangalore; Department of Political Science, St Joseph's College, Bangalore; Centre for Public Policy and Governance, Jain (deemed-to-be University), Bangalore; Centre for Statelessness and Refugee Studies, TATA Institute of Social Science, (TISS), Mumbai; and Department of International Relations, Mysore University. Lastly, to sustain the capacity-building, IPRI takes a step ahead in providing a platform for dialogue for the young scholars through its Young Scholar' Network-IPRI.