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Meressa Kahsu Dessu

Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar


March 11, 2024 — June 3, 2024

Professional affiliation

Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
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  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Democracy
  • Disaster Management
  • Economics and Globalization
  • Gender
  • Global Governance
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • International Development
  • Migration
  • Security and Defense

Wilson Center Projects

Policing Africa and its Contribution for Peacebuilding

Full Biography

Meressa Kahsu Dessu is a senior researcher and training coordinator at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) based in Addis Ababa. He is working closely with the African Union Commission (AUC), Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and/or Regional Mechanisms (RMs), and the African States in support of efforts on peace operations and peacebuilding in the continent. He analyses issues and has published various articles and papers on peace, security, peacebuilding, and international affairs in Africa. Meressa is a PhD candidate in international politics at the University of South Africa.

Major Publications

  • How effective is policing in protecting civilians in peace operations? Lessons from the UN mission in South Sudan
  • ATMIS is still central to protecining Somali's hard-won gains
  • What do protests say about UN peacekeeping in Africa?