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.

Short Course: Governance and Electoral Violence in Africa

Short Course: Governance and Electoral Violence in Africa

Although nearly all countries hold elections in the contemporary world, they have an elevated risk for violence in Africa. Due to the increasing reliance on elections as a tool for democratic participation, the stakes for elections outcome are often high. The...

A new consensus needed to move the South Sudanese peace process:

A new consensus needed to move the South Sudanese peace process:

On 19 November 2020, IPSS in collaboration with Oxfam and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) convened the fourth roundtable on the “Transitional Government, Peace, and Security in South Sudan.” The virtual event was comprised of an esteemed panel that...

Ranks among the TOP 50 think-tanks in Africa


  1. 2020 Seminar on China-Ethiopia Industrial Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative

    26 November 2020 @ 10:00 am - 9 December 2020 @ 12:00 pm EAT