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.

Capacity Development Workshop for National Institutions

Capacity Development Workshop for National Institutions

IPSS is participating in IGAD's Capacity Development Workshop for National Institutions at Bishoftu city. The workshop elucidated IGAD's vision, objective & mandate and introduced the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) to the participants.

Introducing the Ethiopian Christmas!

Introducing the Ethiopian Christmas!

While the rest of the world celebrates Christmas on December 25th, Ethiopians, alongside Russian, Greek, Eritrean, and Serbian Orthodox churches, celebrate Christmas Day which is called “Genna” on January 7th. Santa Claus isn’t a big part of Ethiopian Christmas....

End of year thank you note

End of year thank you note

As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all that have worked with and supported IPSS in 2020. It has been a difficult and challenging year with the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact...

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