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The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) was established at Addis Ababa University (AAU) in 2007 following a tripartite agreement among AAU, the Royal Danish Embassy in Ethiopia, and the University for Peace Africa Programme. The initial vision of creating a premier higher learning and research institution on peace and security studies in the Horn of Africa received further stimulation when AAU named IPSS as one of its five Centres of Excellence in 2010.

Since its inception, IPSS has promoted peace and security through research, education, and outreach. IPSS provides above-standard academic and professional training for conflict analysis and conflict prevention, management,  resolution, and peace-building with an all-African outlook. The institute organises different forums (conferences, panel discussions, briefing sessions, and seminars) to conduct and disseminate research and expertise and to promote values of a democratic and peaceful society. With our activities, we reach out to communities as much as to international and Africans institutions to build a community of knowledge and practice for solving contemporary challenges to peace and security in Africa.