Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS)

IPSS is a premier institute for peace and security studies in Africa. Its mission is to promote peace and security in Ethiopia and Africa at large through education, research and professional development. The Institute produces skilled professionals in conflict prevention, management and resolution as well as in peace building, and promotes the values of a democratic and peaceful society. http://ipss-addis.org/

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Africa at 50+: Still Searching for the “Political Kingdom”

For the 21st century to become “Africa’s century”, it would require strong political leadership from the top—leadership that is committed and capable of mobilizing the population around a common “national project.” In the coming decades, African leaders have to build on the gains of recent years by strengthening democratic governance, investing in people and in critical infrastructure, and in...

Brexit: Lessons for Regionalism in Africa

Many European Union (EU) member states and their citizens were shocked by the Brexit outcome, forcing them to re-evaluate the costs and benefits of EU membership. This policy brief addresses the factors that led to the referendum decision and questions whether Africa, particularly the African Union (AU), can draw lessons from the EU experience. Three recommendations is made as to how the AU can...

Paving the Way to Silencing the Guns in Africa: Interventions, Challenges and Options in the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapon

"The proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their abuse have been identified as a major trigger and accelerator of conflicts in Africa. It has negative impact on human security as well as security at the community, national, and regional levels, and in turn on development. In response, Africa’s leaders have been galvanising collective political will to overcome this...

Why Nigeria Should Consider Adopting the Montreux Document Relating to Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs)

"There is an appetite for the services of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in Nigeria, despite its far-reaching legal and political implications. Since Nigeria returned to multi-party democracy in 1999, more of these PMSCs have been engaged by the government and multinational oil companies to support the national security agencies to combat new and emerging security challenges...

Trends and Importance of Discussing Peace and Security in Africa: Tana High-Level Forum

"This is a policy brief that aims to follow the trends and importance of the Tana High-Level Forum (THLF) discussions and link such discussions to the future trends of African peace and security. The question raised in this paper is: What in the thematic areas so far discussed in THLF serve to further shape policy agendas and what are their contributions in the process of driving more key...

Engaging Higher Academic Institutions in African Peace and Security Affairs: What Can We Learn from African Vice-Chancellors’ Debate in 2015?

"Africa has several security challenges. Among others, the main ones are related to management of diversity, illegal migration, human trafficking, and illicit financial flow. These security problems have not only contributed to civil wars and humanitarian crises in the continent, but also resulted in terrorism which has become a common security threat throughout the world. To address such...

Africa and the Growth of Violent Radicalization in the Name of Islam: The Need for a Doctrine Revision Approach

"The fourth Tana Forum focused on the topic of Secularism and Politicized Faith. The Forum was preceded two weeks earlier by the horrific massacre of university students in Kenya by violent Muslim radicals and ended just when innocent Ethiopian workers in Libya were slaughtered by ISIL terrorists. It then has been followed in the last few weeks by more violent terrorist attacks. The...

African Centred Solutions : Building Peace and Security in Africa

This book comprises nine chapters focusing on the theoretical foundation for exploring and investigating the AfSol concept, offering examples and applications of AfSol practices aimed at addressing peace and security challenges. Chapter two - Interrogating the Concept and Ideal of African-Centred Solutions to African Peace and Security Challenges by Amadu Sesay interrogates AfSol in depth,...

Peace, Federalism and Human Rights: Papers presented at the first Graduate Conference on Peace, Federalism and Human Rights

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Published: 2015
The first edition of the Graduate Conference was held on 12 and 13 August 2015 at the premises of the Institute. Of the 15 papers presented during the conference, eleven are included in this publication. The objective of the paper titled “ Insights into Methodological Processes and Analytical Cautions in Interpretive Approach to Inter-Group Conflict Research: Experience from Empirical Research...

Statement by IPSS during the Open Session of the AU Peace and Security Council held on Wednesday, 14 January 2015, on the Theme: Prevention of Election related Conflicts in Africa

"The statement was presented as recommendations to the AU/PSC, taking cognisance of the spectrum of issues and concerns increasingly associated with elections in Africa. The recommendations are divided into three categories: Prevention, Monitoring and Intervention."

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