The Institute is committed to providing comprehensive research and training that will be delivered by highly experienced practitioners. It will promote interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics related to peace and diplomacy, and governance and democracy, with a particular emphasis on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Western Indian Ocean region. Such research projects will be of immediate policy relevance and have a significant influence in promoting regional stability and governance.
The Institute is actively conducting research in the field of maritime security and it is one of the core project partners in the international project SAFE SEAS funded by the British Academy (see www.safeseas.net for further information).
The Institute is also part of an in-depth independent piracy research led by M&C Saatchi World Services. The aim of the research is to determine why young Somalis become pirates and identify opportunities for deterrence. Download the research findings.
The Institute will be undertaking a research project on the national unity and reconciliation process in Seychelles.