London Office

Deputy Director

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) intends to hire a full-time Deputy Director based in its London headquarters. The selected candidate will report to the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer and will act as second in command, supporting the Director-General in his global CEO responsibilities, overseeing the research programme, as well as leading fundraising and income diversification activities.

The IISS is the world’s leading authority on international conflict and geopolitical trends. It is international in its composition, perspective and reach. The Institute provides objective facts and independent analysis for its core audiences in government, the private sector, and the expert and opinion-forming communities. Summits convened by the IISS facilitate intergovernmental consultations, while its research helps companies to understand political risk and its publications shape the international strategic debate. The Deputy Director will play a vital role in strengthening the Institute’s international impact as it moves towards and beyond its 60th anniversary in 2018.

The Deputy Director’s principal responsibilities will include:

  • Direction and management of the IISS international research programme and coordination of staff engaged in publishable research;
  • Fundraising for new IISS research, 60th Anniversary capital appeal and conference activity;
  • Developing new strategic partnerships with the private sector, and leading and coordinating research and briefing services for major companies;
  • Assisting the D-G and CEO in widening and deepening IISS relationships with governments around the world;
  • Supporting the D-G and CEO in the general management and development of the IISS.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual, with an entrepreneurial bent, able to take on a wide variety of tasks with tact and efficiency. The position will suit a person with strong intellectual qualifications, an international outlook and an established record of accomplishment in government, the ‘think tank’ community and/or business.

The post will be available from summer 2017. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience, and will attract a pension and private medical benefits package. Applications should include a cover letter stating the skills the candidate would bring to the IISS, a CV and list of references, and should be submitted by Wednesday 26th April 2017 to the email address graham@iiss.org.


Senior Fellow for Future Conflict and Cyber Security

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the leading authority on global security, defence and conflict issues, intends to appoint a Senior Fellow for Future Conflict and Cyber Security with a particular focus on how developments in the cyber domain and in related technologies shape the future character of conflict and the conduct of statecraft, to be based either in London or in the IISS–Americas office in Washington DC.

The Future Conflict and Cyber Security programme seeks to assess the cyber capabilities and strategies of states and major non-state actors and to analyse the ways in which the evolution of cyber capabilities and related technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and their adoption by these actors will influence the character of conflict, including armed conflict and the projection and exercise of power. The programme comprises research, para-diplomatic activity and conference organisation.

The Senior Fellow will direct – and personally undertake – authoritative research on any of the following fields: assessment of the cyber capacities and strategies of strategically relevant states and non-state groups; the interaction between the US, Russia and China in cyberspace, space and the nuclear domain and the degree to which such interaction will shape normative global behaviour; international diplomacy relating to the development of norms of conduct for responsible state behaviour in the cyber domain; the evolution of global cyber governance; the challenges posed by criminal and terrorist use of the cyber domain; and relations between states and the private sector. The Senior Fellow will guide and coordinate the activities of two Consulting Senior Fellows and other staff as project funding becomes available.

The Senior Fellow will be an established expert in the field of cyber security with a strong record of research, publications, para-diplomatic and conference activities. He or she will be expected to lead a programme of innovative research and to undertake fund-raising to that end. Salary will reflect experience. The IISS provides a full employment package.

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the post, and enclosing a CV, and list of references, to hr@iiss.org by 20 May 2017.




IISS-Middle East Office

Geo-Economics Programme Coordinator

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a world-leading think tank on global security, political risk and military conflict with offices in London, Singapore, Manama and Washington DC.

We are seeking to appoint a Programme Coordinator as part of the Geo-Economics and Strategy (GES) programme in Bahrain.  The GES programme is devoted to the understanding the interplay between economics and geopolitics. It also focuses on issues of national development in a comparative and global context, including economic modernization, macroeconomic policy, and the challenge of employment generation, policy towards foreign direct investment and the role of the private sector. The programme aims to understand the impact of these trends on geopolitical relations and an assessment of their role in mitigating or exacerbating the risks of local, regional and global conflict and national, regional and international security.

The vacancy would be suitable for an Economics Studies graduate with good writing and organizational skills and an interest in international economics and finance. The candidate should preferably have 1-3 years of experience.

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis of macroeconomic related data and contribution to the preparation of presentations, reports and publications.
  • Planning and implementation of outreach and partnership activities with stakeholders in government, private sector, academia
  • Planning, administration and execution of GES Programme conferences and events

To be successful in this role, the candidate needs to have the following skills and experience:

  • Proven organisation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Multitasking
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

The successful candidate should be able to manage and maintain large data sets, and have the habit of data analysis and report writing. They will also demonstrate proficiency in using excel and data analysis software. Knowledge of foreign languages (other than English and Arabic) is an advantage.

In return, the candidate will receive a comprehensive range of benefits including Life Assurance, Private Medical Insurance and contributory Pension Scheme.

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS, enclosing a CV and two referees by email, citing – IISS Geo-Economics Coordinator Application in the subject line, to hr@iiss.org. The deadline for receipt of applications is 28 April.



IISS–Americas Office

Senior Fellow for Future Conflict and Cyber Security

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the leading authority on global security, defence and conflict issues, intends to appoint a Senior Fellow for Future Conflict and Cyber Security with a particular focus on how developments in the cyber domain and in related technologies shape the future character of conflict and the conduct of statecraft, to be based either in London or in the IISS–Americas office in Washington DC.

The Future Conflict and Cyber Security programme seeks to assess the cyber capabilities and strategies of states and major non-state actors and to analyse the ways in which the evolution of cyber capabilities and related technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and their adoption by these actors will influence the character of conflict, including armed conflict and the projection and exercise of power. The programme comprises research, para-diplomatic activity and conference organisation.

The Senior Fellow will direct – and personally undertake – authoritative research on any of the following fields: assessment of the cyber capacities and strategies of strategically relevant states and non-state groups; the interaction between the US, Russia and China in cyberspace, space and the nuclear domain and the degree to which such interaction will shape normative global behaviour; international diplomacy relating to the development of norms of conduct for responsible state behaviour in the cyber domain; the evolution of global cyber governance; the challenges posed by criminal and terrorist use of the cyber domain; and relations between states and the private sector. The Senior Fellow will guide and coordinate the activities of two Consulting Senior Fellows and other staff as project funding becomes available.

The Senior Fellow will be an established expert in the field of cyber security with a strong record of research, publications, para-diplomatic and conference activities. He or she will be expected to lead a programme of innovative research and to undertake fund-raising to that end. Salary will reflect experience. The IISS provides a full employment package.

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the post, and enclosing a CV, and list of references, to hr@iiss.org by 20 May 2017.


IISS-Americas Internship Program FAQs

The internship recruitment period for Summer 2017 has ended. Please check back in mid-July for Fall 2017 internship applications.

When are your application cycles?

Fall internships run from September to December. Applications open in July/August and close once all positions have been filled.

Spring internships run from January to May. Applications open in November/December and close once all positions have been filled.

Summer internships run from June to August. Applications open in March/April and close once all positions have been filled.

Can I send in a resume/cover letter outside of the regular application cycle?

Only resumes/cover letters sent during a regular application cycle will be considered.

I have just graduated from my graduate/undergraduate program. Am I eligible to apply?

No, unfortunately only currently enrolled students are eligible to apply.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes, international students can apply as long as you are eligible to work in the US. We regret that we cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits.


IISS–Asia Office

There are no vacancies at present.