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 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'.