An Academic and Research Institute with a Pan-African Reach

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at the Addis Ababa University is the premiere institute for education, research, and policy dialogues on peace and security in Africa.

Academic Programmes

One of the tasks Addis Ababa University has bestowed upon the IPSS is training academic staff from other universities in Ethiopia. To undertake this national task, IPSS accepts students from national and regional institutions and trains them in the programme.

Policy Dialogues

Policy Dialogues is part of the Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP). It is a platform for African leaders, stakeholders and thought leaders to collaboratively engage in exploring and exchanging ideas on African-led solutions to security challenges.

Tana Forum

Frank, relevant and candid dialogue is fundamental to resolving conflict and transforming societies. The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is an annual meeting that brings together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and explore African-led security solutions.


IPSS provides recognized academic education and professional training in conflict analysis, prevention, management and resolution. It also conducts academic and applied research in the area of peace and security that takes into account the interaction between governance, human security, socio-economic development and sustainable peace.

Newly appointed German Ambassador at IPSS

Newly appointed German Ambassador at IPSS

On 12 October 2020, the newly appointed Ambassador of Germany to Ethiopia and the African Union, His Excellency Stephen Auer, and a delegation from the GIZ, paid a courtesy visit to the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) and Tana Forum Secretariat. The...

Short Course: Identity, Diversity and Peacebuilding

Short Course: Identity, Diversity and Peacebuilding

Identity, cultural, and ethnic pluralism is central to understanding the etiology of civil war and violent conflict in Africa. Even though diversity is not a problem by itself, it has been used as a source of disunity, weakness, and fragmentation in the continent....

Ranks among the TOP 50 think-tanks in Africa