OUR RESEARCH FOCUSES PREDOMINANTLY ON MULTIDOMAIN NONMILITARY THREATS, WHICH INCLUDE UNCONVENTIONAL METHODS SUCH AS PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS THAT COMPROMISE OBJECTIVE REASONING, PROMOTE ETHNIC/SECTARIAN INTOLERANCE, CAUSE INTELLECTUAL TYRANNY AND ADVERSELY AFFECT THE ATTITUDES, EMOTIONS AND ACTIONS OF THE PAKISTANI PEOPLE.
Our current projects are:
UNDERSTANDING CYBERPSYCHOLOGY MECHANISMS
Broadly defined, this project encompasses psychological phenomena that are associated with or affected by emerging technology. More specifically, our work focuses on the emotional effects of social media use. Utilizing personality psychometrics, AI, data mining and applied behavior analysis tools, we explore the ways in which disinformation sways personal beliefs, attitudes and actions.
EXPLORING UNCONVENTIONAL DETTERRENCE
While Pakistan’s nuclear deterrent in response to strategic and largescale conventional threats is intact, the picture becomes much less clear as we move down the threat matrix toward smaller-scale conventional, subconventional and hybrid threats. We apply robust game theory and decision science tools to create deterrence frameworks down to the unconventional level.
CULTIVATING INCREASED COGNITIVE COMPLEXITY ACROSS SOCIETY
Preventing intolerance is more about how you think and less about what you think. Integrative complexity is a measure of the complexity of one’s cognitive lens of the world; high complexity is nuanced, broad, flexible thinking, capable of differentiating multiple dimensions and perspectives. We explore ways to promote the latter across all segments of society.
COUNTERING INTELLECTUAL MILITANCY
The aggressive rise of radical left- and right-wing ideologies threatens the fabric of society and leaves little room for social progress and spiritual cultivation. Totalitarian viewpoints on both ends – ultra-liberal and ultra-conservative – drown out balanced voices and create a culture of confrontation and degeneration.