International Institute for Strategic Studies
(1958; London + Bahrain, Singapore, Washington; ~60 staff;

A non-partisan institute to advance a wider understanding of critical 21st century security issues and their potential resolution.  Policy themes include climate change and security, Arctic climate change and security, geo-economics, non-proliferation and disarmament, security and development, and transnational threats.  Holds security summits in Singapore and Bahrain for high-level officials. Provides information and analysis, advances understanding, enlarges networks, and influences the adoption of sound policies on security globally.  Heads of state, foreign and defense ministers, high-level diplomats and officials attend IISS security summits for the opportunity to discuss policy in private as well as in public, assisting in greater international understanding and conflict avoidance.


  • The Shangri-La Dialogue, held in Singapore since 2002, is Asia’s most relevant defense summit and has gained a reputation as the “military Davos.”
  • The younger Manama Dialogue, held in Bahrain since 2004, is becomingly similarly influential in the Middle East.


  • Defence and Military Analysis – Concerned with military and security policies and capabilities; defense spending, procurement and industry; and the impact of new technologies.
  • Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy – Brings clarity and original thinking to the public debate on nuclear- and missile-security issues. It supports international efforts to strengthen the non-proliferation regime and deal with the most dangerous nuclear threats.
  • Cyber, Space and Future Conflict – Analyses the military and intelligence application of information and communications technology, from satellites and robotics to artificial intelligence and social media, as well as impending advances such as quantum computing.
  • Conflict, Security and Development – Exploring the drivers and socio-economic implications of conflict and instability, producing analysis of the interplay between international security and global development.
  • Geo-economics, Geo-politics and Strategy – Analyzing the global interplay of economics and geopolitics, in the context of a redistribution of economic power from West to East.


  • Blogs and podcasts
  • Strategic Dossiers – e.g., on nuclear programs, insurgent groups, North Korean security challenges.
  • Strategic Comments – Online analysis of international security and politico-military issues.
  • The Military Balance – The Institute’s annual assessment of the military capabilities and defense economics of 171 countries worldwide.
  • The Military Balance+ Database – An online data base that provides information and analysis for individuals and users in government, the armed forces, the private sector, academia, the media and more.
  • Armed Conflict Database – Provides in-depth data, timelines and reports on conflicts worldwide.
  • Survival: Global Politics and Strategy – A bimonthly journal for analysis and debate of international and strategic affairs.
  • Adelphi Series – An academic research contribution on issues of international security.
    • Strategic Survey: Annual Review of Geopolitics – In-depth analysis of the developing relationships between major powers, charting the significant events and strategic decisions of the previous year.
    • Armed Conflict Survey – An annual publication with in-depth analysis of the political, military and humanitarian dimensions for all major armed conflicts. Provides detailed data on conflict-related fatalities, refugees and internally displaced people.

Leadership: John Chipman (Director-General, Chief Executive)
Budget: Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Taylor and Francis all contributed in excess of $125K to IISS in 2018. It is asserted and not denied that IISS received over $30M from the Bahraini royal family in 2016 and rumored that over 50% of the Institute’s family comes from Bahraini sources