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Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema (born 1940) is a scholar of International Relations and Strategic Studies from Pakistanmarker. Prof. Dr. Cheema has been working in the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) as its President.


Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema was born at Sialkotmarker, Pakistan and was initially educated at Sialkot later on he moved to Government College Lahore where he completed his Masters in History. He also did Masters in Political Science from Punjab University, Certificate in Peace Research and International Relations from Oslo Universitymarker (Norwaymarker), Diploma in International Relations from Vienna Universitymarker (Austriamarker), M. Litt. in Strategic Studies from Aberdeen University (UKmarker) and Ph.D. from Quaid-i-Azam University (Pakistan).

Cheema has been a teacher for almost 28 years both inside the country (Pakistan) as well as abroad. Inside Pakistan he has taught at Government College (Lahore), Pakistan Administrative Staff College (Lahore) and Quaid-i-Azam University, (Islamabad). Abroad he has worked in various capacities like Research Fellow, Senior Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Scholar etc. for Australian National University (Australia), School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (USA), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, (Singapore), and ACDIS, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign (USA). As a Visiting Lecturer, he has also delivered lectures at many professional and training institutions including National Defence College (Rawalpindi), Command and Staff College (Quetta), Joint Staff College (Rawalpindi), Foreign Service Training Institute (Islamabad), Information Services Academy (Islamabad), Allama Iqbal Open University (Islamabad), Pakistan Administrative Staff College (Lahore), Intelligence Bureau Academy etc.

Till July 1995, Cheema was working as a Professor of International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan and in July 1995 he started working for the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan in the capacity of a Director General, Academy of Educational Planning and Management. From November 1996 to September 2000, Cheema worked as a Professorial Iqbal Fellow at South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany. During his 19 years stay at Quaid-i-Azam University; Cheema served as the Chairman of International Relation's Department as well as Defence and Strategic Studies Department for more than 14 years. Since October 2000, Cheema has been working in the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) as its President.

Cheema is also a scholar of international repute. His articles have regularly appeared both in national as well as international academic journals, popular magazines, and daily newspapers. He has published more than 100 research articles and over 450 other general articles, columns, etc. In addition, Cheema has many books and monographs to his credit as well.

Cheema has participated in more than 150 national and international seminars and conferences. He has been and still continues to be a member of many international and national academic associations. He has served on the editorial advisory board of many international academic journals and still continues to be on the boards of many including BIISS (Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies), Asian Affairs, An American Review (a journal of Heldref Publications, Washington, U.S.), Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (Saudi Arabia), Strategic Studies (Pakistan), etc.


  • A Select Bibliography of Periodical Literature on India and Pakistan 1947-70. In three volumes, Pakistan.
    • Vol. I is on Pakistan and was published in 1976.
    • Vol.II is on India and was published in 1979.
    • Vol. III covers subjects common to both India and Pakistan and was published in 1984.
  • Quaid-i-Azam as a Strategist, (1977), Pakistan
  • Restraints in Korean War, (1978), Pakistan
  • Sanctuary and War (1978), Pakistan
  • Conflict and Cooperation in the Indian Ocean: Pakistan's Interests and Choice (1980), Australia
  • Afghanistan since April 1978 (1980), Pakistan
  • Pakistan’s Defence Policy 1947-58 (1990), United Kingdom
  • Brasstacks and Beyond: Perceptions and Management of Crisis in South Asia (1995), (co-authored), India.
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation in India and Pakistan: South Asian Perspectives (co-editor-1996), India.
  • Defence Expenditure in South Asia: An Overview (co-author, March 2000), Sri Lanka.
  • The Politics of Punjab Boundary Award, Heidelberg Paper No. 1,(2000) Germany.
  • The Simla Agreement: Its Current Relevance (co-author, 2001), India.
  • The Armed Forces of Pakistan (2002), Australia and USA.
  • Perceptions, Politics and Security in South Asia: The Compound Crisis of 90 (co-authored –2003), United Kingdom.
  • Conflict Resolution and Regional Cooperation in South Asia (Co-editor, 2004), Pakistan.
  • Arms Race and Nuclear Developments in South Asia (Co-editor-2004), Pakistan.
  • Conflict Resolution and Regional Cooperation in South Asia (Co-Editor, 2004), Pakistan.
  • Tribal Areas of Pakistan: Challenges and Responses (Co-Editor), Pakistan.
  • The Kashmir Imbroglio: Looking Towards the Future (Co-Editor), Pakistan.

Cheema regularly contributes articles to Pakistani English dailies.

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