The Partner Institution


About IPSS

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) was founded in 2007 by the Addis Ababa University (AAU) to impart knowledge and conduct research in the field of peace and security with a regional focus on the Horn of Africa.

Seminar room at the IPSS

It is one of the five Centers of Excellence at AAU and qualifies students in conflict prevention, management and resolution as well as peace building and promotes values of democratic and peaceful society.

IPSS has been recognised several times by internal quality assessments as role model for other departments. It is the first academic institution in Africa that was given a mandate by the African Union (AU) as a partner in planning and implementing one of its master's programmes, "Managing Peace and Security in Africa" for senior executives of the AU, the regional communities (RECs) and the emerging African security community. Moreover, IPSS offers a PhD programme in Peace, Federalism and Human Rights. The institute's reputation is excellent in Addis Ababa and beyond. 


For the PhD programme, University of Leipzig and other international scholars work in close cooperation with IPSS scholars. The main contact persons at the partner institution in Addis Ababa are:

Dr. Kidane Kiros (Director of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University)

Dr. Solomon Hassen (Academic programme coordinator at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University)


The institute is located on the campus of the Business and Finance Department of Addis Ababa University. This campus is close to the main campus of AAU.

In close vicinity to the IPSS lies the German Goethe Institute where seminar rooms, a ceremonial hall, a restaurant and a café, a computer room, daily newspapers and a small library are accessible to the public.