The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) was founded in 2013 on the principle that accurate analysis is a critical first step toward preventing violent conflict. Their mission is to explain the dynamics of conflict — why it started, how it changed, what drives it, who benefits—and get that information quickly to people who can use it to bring about positive change.
IPAC investigates six kinds of conflict: communal, land and resource, electoral, vigilante, extremist and insurgent, understanding that one dispute can take several forms or progress from one form to another. They send experienced analysts with long-established contacts in the area to the site to meet with all parties, review primary written documentation where available, check secondary sources and produce in-depth reports, with policy recommendations or examples of best practices where appropriate.
IPAC's primary focus is conflict in Indonesia. However, they do occasional reporting on Timor-Leste, Mindanao, and southern Philippines.
IPAC is registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs in Jakarta as the Foundation for Preventing International Crises (Yayasan Penanggulangan Krisis Internasional).
Fields of study: Peace Studies