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Press Release: IPSS marks 10-year anniversary since founding

The institute, which was established in April 2007 with a handful of academic staff, has grown in leaps and bounds in a relatively short period.


13 July 2017

This year we are celebrating 10 years since the founding of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The institute, which was established in April 2007 with a handful of academic staff, has grown in leaps and bounds in a relatively short period.


Now featuring 5 academic programmes, an extensive array of research projects as well as a variety of outreach activities, IPSS has established itself as a leading actor in conflict analysis, prevention, management and resolution. This remarkable growth can in part be attributed to the dedication of the academic, programme and support staff, whose efforts have seen the organization become one of the leading centres for academic research and professional training. In 2015 and 2016, the University of Pennsylvania ranked IPSS among the top 50 think tanks in Africa.


“Celebrating a 10 year anniversary is indeed a great success,” said Dr. Kidane Kiros, Director of IPSS since March 2014. “As one of the premier institutes on peace and security, IPSS has for the last 10 years actively contributed to the peace and development of the continent. In addition, through educationresearchpolicy dialogues and outreach, the institute has left its mark on the initiation, implementation and assessment of regional and continental policies on peace and security.”


To celebrate the 10 year anniversary, IPSS chose the theme: The Role of Academic Institute in Tackling the Intellectual Challenge Posed by Africa's Peace and Security Dynamics. The institute is also organizing several activities, beginning with a breakfast roundtable on 15 August 2017 that will discuss the role of think tanks in peace, security and development endeavours of Africa.


“I think the history of IPSS is a success story that needs to be told. 10 years down the line we can say that it has been a story of strategic, visionary and committed leadership,” said Michelle Ndiaye, Director of the Africa Peace and Security Programme since January 2012. She also attributed the success of the institute to staff commitment (60 staff members representing more than 10 African countries), support from development partners and a strong working relationship with the African Union.


The achievements of its different programmes reflect the successes the institute has managed to attain in the last 10 years. Out of 910 students enrolled in its academic programmes, 662 have successfully graduated. In the same period, more than 50 publications including books, policy briefs, journals, reports and anthologies were produced and close to 60 events on peace and security were organized by its policy dialogues and outreach programme.


Moving forward, Michelle stated that IPSS will continue to focus on more “innovative and transcendent” growth. One such example is the launch of the AU/RECs Resource and Help Desk, which aims to provide African stakeholders with the necessary tools to reach decisions on critical peace and security issues facing the continent. Our applied research in African-centred solutions has also resulted in the production of several useful publications, such as the AfSol JournalAfSol Book and the recently launched APSA Impact Assessment.