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: Training on Identity, Diversity and Peacebuilding

Short Course: Training on 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....

2018 APSA Impact Report

2018 APSA Impact Report

The annual APSA Impact Report is a flagship IPSS publication that assesses the impacts of intervention by the AU and RECs in the frame of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). The 2018 edition of the report captures the efforts and challenges faced by...

First virtual Tana Forum scheduled for October 2020

First virtual Tana Forum scheduled for October 2020

PRESS RELEASE -- The Tana Forum, Africa’s foremost peace and security platform, will convene as a virtual conference for the first time in October 2020. The 9th edition of the Forum will be held from 19 to 24 October under the theme “The AfCFTA: Revitalizing Pan...

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