Institute for Security Studies (South Africa)

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Institute for Security Studies (South Africa)
founded in the year 1991
City Pretoria
Country South Africa
address Block C, Brooklyn Court 361 Veale Street New Muckleneuk Pretoria 0181
founder Jakkie Cilliers, P.B. Mertz
Networks Network of Democracy Research Institutes
Last revision 2.05.2015

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Block C, Brooklyn Court 361 Veale Street New Muckleneuk Pretoria 0181


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"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." (, visited: 2015/05/02)

"After focusing on South Africa's transition in its early years, the work of the ISS took on a regional dimension after 1996, resulting in the thriving continental organisation that it is today. The development of the ISS would not have been possible without the support of partners from South Africa and the international community. The first funds that the Institute received were from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Bonn and Anglo American and De Beers Chairman's Fund. Subsequently the Hanns Seidel Foundation would become an important partner of the ISS, along with many valued local and international partners." ( - visited: 2015/05/02)