About the ISS

Jakkie Cilliers is the founder and the former Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies. He currently serves as Chairman of the ISS Board of Trustees and head of the African Futures and Innovation Programme in the Pretoria office of the Institute.

He has a B. Mil (B.A.) from the University of Stellenbosch, an Hons. B.A., M.A. (cum laude) and DLitt et Phil from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Awards include the Bronze Medal from the South African Society for the Advancement of Science, and the H Bradlow Research Bursary.

Dr Cilliers co-founded the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in 1990, and played an important role in the transformation of the South African armed forces, and the institution of civilian control over the military in the period 1990 to 1996. He stepped down as executive director in 2015.

Jakkie has presented numerous papers at conferences and seminars and published a number of books on various matters relating to peace and security in Africa.

He serves on the editorial boards of the African Security Review, the South African Journal of International Affairs and Global Trends Analysis, jointly published by the Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden/Development and Peace Foundation (sef:), Bonn, Germany Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden /Institute for Development and Peace, University of Duisburg-Essen (INEF), Germany.

He is a regular commentator on local and international radio and television and regularly participates at international conferences.

Jakkie is an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty Humanities at the University of Pretoria. 

He is married to Ulrika, and loves to exercise and walk with his beloved dogs Ella and Poppie. He has two sons Paul and Pierre and stays in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa.


The African Futures & Innovation programme (AFI) at the ISS undertakes long-term thematic, country and regional studies in Africa. We provide decision makers with forward thinking policy analysis to plan key development pathways. 

AFI’s work explores how important development trends are unfolding across time by analysing variables like agriculture, education, economics, energy, the environment, governance, health, infrastructure, and international politics.

Most AFI work is done using an integrated assessment model – the International Futures (IFs) forecasting system, developed and housed at the Frederick S Pardee Center, University of Denver.

The model produces dynamic forecasts for more than 500 variables for 186 countries until the end of the century. It is open-source and free to download at www.pardee.du.edu. This website includes details of the modelling done for the books Fate of the Nation and Africa First! See the research tab and go to the relevant book for these details.

AFI works with governments, embassies, civil society, academics and experts in various fields. We have undertaken projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Tunisia, Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe, amongst others.

All our publications are free and can be found under the research drop down menu or at issafrica.org.

On the ISS website select ‘Topics & Region’, and tick the African Futures box, or search by author name.