London Office


Research Assistant – Mali, Armed Conflict Database

The IISS Armed Conflict Database (ACD) is looking to hire a paid research assistant to work approximately 15 hours a month covering Mali. This position is for at least three months starting as soon as possible. The work can be done remotely. The successful candidate will be a PhD or Masters student with considerable educational or professional experience in the region, a strong interest in conflict analysis, and a solid background in conflict research and report writing. He or she will be able to demonstrate the ability to write clearly and concisely, and to meet deadlines. 

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to before 3 June 2016. Only those candidates who are shortlisted will receive a reply.

Editorial Assistant, Publications (Twelve months, fixed-term contract)

The IISS, the leading global think tank on international-security affairs and conflict, has an editorial vacancy at its central London headquarters.

The role involves fact-checking, copyediting, proofing and production of IISS core publications, including the Armed Conflict Database (ACD), and occasional reports.

The job requires editing and proofreading skills, preferably demonstrated through relevant experience.
Editorial Assistant is the entry grade within our Editorial Department, this role therefore offers excellent development opportunities for promotion to Assistant Editor.

Only candidates who already have the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply and should send a CV, plus a letter stating their current salary and demonstrating their suitability for the post, to no later than 3 June 2016.


Research Assistants, Defence and Military Analysis Programme

The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London has four (4) Research Assistant, summer temporary vacancies in its Defence and Military Analysis Programme (DMAP).

The positions should appeal to individuals who have, or would like to acquire and use, detailed knowledge of defence and military data and open source information to gain experience in the field of military analysis or strategic studies.

The successful candidates will support the development of The Military Balance product.  Their core task will be ensuring the accurate transformation and verification of Military Balance content to create of an online database. This may also require some additional open-source research to enrich current data sets.


  • Completion of, or enrolment on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course relating to strategic studies or military affairs.
  • OR a professional background in military or defence intelligence.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • Experience in using MS Excel software package.
  • Experience of research using written and online sources.

Initial period of contract: 18 July 2016 to 16 September 2016, 20-30 hours per week, £9.15 per hour.


  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Official transcript(s) for all post-secondary schools and universities attended (photocopies are acceptable)
  • Contact information for two references (email and telephone, preferably from both academia and the workplace)

Applicants should email their CV and cover letter to no later than 17 June 2016.

Candidates must be eligibile to work in the UK - the IISS regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or work permits.

Please note that only those candidates who are called for interview will receive a reply.

Research Fellow for Defence Economics

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading international think tank for the analysis of political–military issues.

We are seeking a Research Fellow who will be the primary IISS specialist in global defence economics, the defence industry and the arms trade. The successful candidate will join the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme, reporting to the programme director. The position is intended to be based in London, but the appointed candidate will interact regularly with IISS offices in Bahrain, Singapore and Washington DC.

The appointee will devise research grant proposals, engage in original research, produce papers and contribute widely to IISS publications. In particular, the appointee will be responsible for maintaining and developing robust methodologies for assessing defence-economics data, and ensuring the timely collection, assessment and presentation of data for inclusion in The Military Balance. The appointee will also be closely involved in the development of new database products. Also important will be the ability to brief a diverse range of corporate members and clients on defence-economics issues, as well as to write consultancy reports.

Candidates should have first-class writing skills, experience of public presentation and be able to play a major role in IISS conferences and events, possess postgraduate qualifications in economics or a related field, and have substantial analytical experience in relation to their specialist field, gained in government, academia or the private sector.

Salary will be determined on the basis of proven capabilities and experience.

Candidates should send a cover letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS, enclosing a CV and a list of referees by email, citing Research Fellow for Defence Economics Application in the subject line, to  Closing date for applications is 27 May 2016.  

IISS-Middle East Office


Senior Fellow in Geo-economics and Regional Security

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the leading authority on global security, defence and conflict issues, intends to appoint a Director or Senior Fellow for Geo-economics and Regional Security, with a particular focus on Middle East and North Africa (MENA) issues, to be based either at IISS’s London headquarters or at IISS-Middle East in Manama, Bahrain.

The Geo-economics and Strategy (GES) Programme analyses global and regional economic trends and their impact on the distribution of power between states. It seeks to assess economic and business risk arising out of geopolitical trends and the geopolitical consequences of economic shifts, from demographic change to financial crises or rapid changes in energy markets.  It also convenes high-level conferences on geo-economic themes.

The Director or Senior Fellow will direct – and personally undertake – authoritative research on any of the following fields:

  • the impact of global economic and financial trends on MENA and specifically GCC economies;
  • the scope for regional trade, financial and monetary integration in the GCC area;
  • the development potential of sovereign wealth funds in emerging economies; the global and regional cost of sustained conflict in the MENA region;
  • the impact of climate change, demographic trends and global competition for resources on regional security;
  • the international and regional impact and opportunities of China’s One Belt, One Road policy;
  • the future of India-GCC economic integration;
  • and other related areas of enquiry.

The Director or Senior Fellow will guide the work of relevant staff, including a research analyst and a research assistant based in the Bahrain office and recruit other staff as funding becomes available.

The Director or Senior Fellow will be responsible for organising several seminars and one large conference in Bahrain and elsewhere each year. He will act as the lead, developing agendas, identifying speakers and securing audiences, while also coordinating the work of an organisational team.

The post holder will be expected to travel in the region and elsewhere to develop research and policy networks, represent the IISS at external conferences and raise funds.  Salary will reflect experience. The IISS provides a full employment package. More information about the IISS can be found at

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the post, and enclosing a CV, to by 3 June 2016.

Research Analyst/Assistant, Geo-Economics and Strategy Programme

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the leading authority on global security, defence and geo-economics, intends to appoint a Research Assistant within the Geo-economics and Strategy Programme (GES) in its Middle East offices. The GES programme is responsible for generating research on the economic opportunities and issues in the Gulf States, wider Middle East and greater Asia, with a focus on policies and developments. Job responsibilities will include:

  • Management of workshops and conferences;
  • Assistance in the management of other aspects of GES;
  • Contribution to IISS analytical products; and
  • Conducting independent research and analysis and initiate own externally funded project(s).

The successful candidate will:

  • Have an MA/BA or practical experience gained in policy circles;
  • Have a proven track record in the field of geo-economics;
  • Be familiar with the work of other academics in the field;
  • Have first-rate written and verbal communication skills;
  • Possess an energetic and entrepreneurial approach to work; and
  • Ideally, be equally fluent in English and Arabic.


  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Official transcript(s) for all post-secondary schools and universities attended (photocopies are acceptable)
  • Contact information for two references (email and telephone, preferably from both academia and the workplace)

The post is based at the IISS Middle East offices in Manama, and only candidates who already possess the right to work in the Kingdom of Bahrain should apply. Salary is commensurate with knowledge and skills. Contract extendable upon mutual agreement and contingent on continued project funding.

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS, enclosing a CV and a list of referees by email, citing ‘Research Analyst to the GES Programme Application’ in the subject line, to The deadline for receipt of applications is 6 June 2016. Due to the volume of expected applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

IISS–Americas Office

No vacancies at present.

IISS–Asia Office

No vacancies at present.