The Institute for Security Studies is a leading African organisation that enhances human security to enable sustainable development and economic prosperity in Africa. It works across the continent, doing authoritative research, providing expert policy advice and delivering practical training and technical assistance.
The ISS has established a niche in Africa. It provides a unique package of services to governments, intergovernmental organisations and civil society by combining research with an ability to convene key decision makers to discuss policy options and partner on capacity building. The ISS invests in a collaborative approach to fulfil its vision of a peaceful and prosperous Africa for all its people.
The ISS head office is in Pretoria, South Africa. Regional offices are located in: Nairobi, Kenya; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Dakar, Senegal.
In 1991 the former executive director, Dr Jakkie Cilliers and Mr PB Mertz founded the ISS. At the time it was called the Institute for Defence Policy.