Third Annual Graduate Conference on Peace, Conflict and Security


Academic and policy interest on the study of peace, conflict and security issues is proving ever more necessary in recent years. Accordingly, many PhD students study and investigate these interrelated issues from a diverse set of disciplinary and methodological standpoints. By organizing annual graduate conferences, the Institute for Peace and Study Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University aims to create a platform for PhD students to critically debate on theoretical and empirical questions relevant to the above themes.

The first and second graduate conferences in 2015 and 2016 focused on the broad areas of Peace, Federalism and Human Rights. The third edition, renamed as Graduate Conference on Peace, Conflict and Security, will be held on June 6-7, 2019. Relevant themes for the graduate conference include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Security dynamics and policies in the Horn of Africa;
  • Countering/Preventing Violent Extremism and Terrorism in the Horn of Africa ;
  • Border Security and Governance;
  • Dispute and Cooperation in the Nile Basin;
  • Intrastate Violent Conflicts, communal (including ethnic, religious, and pastoral) conflicts and traditional/indigenous conflict management/resolution mechanisms;
  • Minority Rights and Accommodation of Diversity;
  • Gender in Peace and Security;
  • Social Media, Human Rights, Conflict and Security;
  • Development and the Political Economy of Conflict;
  • Peace Education, Culture of Peace and Peacebuilding;
  • Africa’s role in peacekeeping and global security governance.

Attendance Expenses

The IPSS will cover transportation and living expenses of up to seven presenters. The number of funded presenters from outside Addis Ababa is limited to a maximum of five for those based in Ethiopia and two from outside Ethiopia. However, self-sponsored presenters can also present their papers, if selected.

Conference Proceedings

Presenters will be given the opportunity to revise their works based on comments gathered from the conference and anonymous reviewers before the inclusion of their papers in the proceedings the Institute will be publishing.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts (maximum 300 words): 18 March 2019
  • Decision will be communicated by 2 April 2019
  • Deadline for sending draft papers (maximum 5,000 words) 27 May 2019


Send your abstracts, CVs and queries to Dr. Fana Gebresenbet (