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Press Release: New Institute For Security Studies Office In West Africa
21 September 2010



21 September 2010

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) will be opening a new office in Dakar, Senegal to be operational during October 2010. The institute appointed Dr Deogratias Barakamfitiye, from Burundi, as the Office Director with effect from 18 October 2010.

The ISS is a pan-African applied policy research institute headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa with offices in Cape Town, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - and now - Dakar, Senegal.

Dr Jakkie Cilliers, the founder and present Executive Director of the ISS explained that the Institute has arranged meetings with current and potential stakeholders for October 21 and with selected potential international partners for October 22. Both these events will be held at the offices of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in Dakar.

During the meeting of October 21 the Institute will present for discussion and comment a scoping study on key threats to human security in West Africa. On October 22 the institute will present a vision of the work that it intends to undertake from Dakar. Invited partners include the Economic Community for West Africa (ECOWAS), the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), the Intergovernmental Action Group Against Money Laundering (GIABA), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research (CODESRIA), and the Gorée Institute among others.

These consultations will also enable the ISS to give full effect to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between ECOWAS and the Institute on 22 October 2009.

For more information contact:

Office of the Executive Director
Institute for Security Studies
Tel: +24 12 346 9500