The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) was founded in 1996 as an independent think-tank by former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer PR Chari and Major General (Retd) Dipankar Banerjee to develop an alternative framework for peace and security in South Asia and the extended neighbourhood. It aims to bring policy-relevant research into scholarly and public debate through an emphasis on events, capacity building of the next generation of thought leaders, and media and online outreach. Its research and policy recommendations do not subscribe to any particular political view or interest.