Institute for Security Studies

Institute for Security Studies – Organisation


South Africa


International, National (all SA)




The Institute for Security Studies is an African organisation which aims to enhance human security on the continent. It does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy analysis and advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance. 

The ISS head office is in Pretoria, South Africa. Regional offices are located in Nairobi, Kenya; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Dakar, Senegal.

The vision of the ISS is a peaceful and prosperous Africa for all its people. The mission and overall goal of the ISS is to advance human security in Africa through evidence-based policy advice, technical support and capacity building.

The ISS was founded in 1991 as the Institute for Defence Policy by the current Executive Director, Dr Jakkie Cilliers, together with Mr PB Mertz.

Areas of work

The ISS pursues its vision and mission through the work of the following four divisions:

  • Governance, Crime and Justice
  • Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis
  • Conflict Management and Peace Building
  • Transnational Threats and International Crime
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