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. Established in 2007, it is now among the top 50 think-tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa according the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. In 2010, IPSS was also identified by Addis Ababa University as one of its five “Centres of Excellence”. Its Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP), a joint initiative with the African Union, is mandated by the African Union’s Executive Council to take up the intellectual challenge of finding African-led solutions to peace and security in Africa.

IPSS produces skilled professionals in conflict prevention, management, resolution, peace building, and promotes the values of a democratic and peaceful society. We currently offer five education programmes: a one-year Executive MA on Managing Peace and Security in Africa (MPSA), a two-year MA Programme in Peace and Security Studies; a PhD Programme in Peace, Security, Federalism and Human Rights; and joint MA and PhD programmes in Global Studies. IPSS also serves as the secretariat of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, an annual high-level gathering of heads of state, policymakers, academia, and the private sector to discuss and find solutions to Africa’s challenges in peace and security.


Our vision is to be a premier African institute for knowledge production and dissemination in the field of peace and security and be recognized as a reputable institution for academic and research excellence.


Our mission is to offer quality education and capacity training in the specialized field of peace and security to students and other stakeholders, as well as foster peace and security through research, dialogue and other outreach activities in Ethiopia and across Africa.

Core values

  • Pursuit of excellence
  • Diversity and inclusiveness
  • Respect and fairness
  • Teamwork

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