NUST Center for International Peace and Stability (CIPS), and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), Pakistan, signed a research project agreement at a ceremony here on the main campus of the university Funded by HSF, the one-year project is titled “Unraveling Contextual Realities in the Post-Conflict North Waziristan (NWA): Understanding Post-Conflict Displacement, Resettlement and Development.
As an academic think tank, CIPS strives to develop understanding of contemporary dynamics of peace and conflict to emerge with pragmatic and unprecedented perspectives to solve the most ruinous issues related to international and national development.
This research enterprise is a pioneering effort by an academic research team to explore realities on the ground in the NWA on the aforementioned thematic areas mentioned in the project title.
It focuses on post-conflict rehabilitation and development, which is hailed as one of the most recent developments in peace efforts in the NWA.
Andreas Duerr, Acting Director of the HSF, signed the agreement on behalf of the HSF and Dr Nassar Ikram (Pro-Rector RIC, NUST), Dr Tughral Yamin (Associate Dean, CIPS) and Dr Muhammad Makki ( Assistant Professor, CIPS) were the signatories representing NUST.
Dr Muhammad Makki and Dr Bakare Najimdeen (HoD, CIPS) are the principal investigators of the research project.
A day earlier, NUST CIPS and HSF jointly organized a roundtable titled “Legal and Sociocultural Discourse on Human Migration” on the main campus of NUST. The round table was the first in a series of three round tables.
Their main objective is to produce a master plan or policy framework that contributes to the development of Pakistan’s migration management strategies. Mr. Davide Terzi, Head of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Pakistan, honored the occasion with his presence.
The roundtable brought together speakers with expertise in international and national law, academic backgrounds in migration studies and, in particular, practitioners dealing with refugees in Pakistan.
They insisted on the need to arrive at more pragmatic and achievable steps regarding the various manifestations of human migrants.