London 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.

Editorial Assistant

(Full-time, twelve months, fixed-term contract)

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the leading global think tank on international security affairs and conflict, has a vacancy for an Editorial Assistant to work at its central London headquarters.

Responsibilities:

  • Fact-checking, copy-editing and proofreading IISS publications and reports to match IISS house style (including text, maps and graphics).
  • Fact-checking, copy-editing and proofreading content on global conflicts for the IISS Armed Conflict Database, an online product.
  • Uploading content onto the Armed Conflict Database, using our CMS.
  • Monitoring the in-house publication sales inbox in order to record and fulfil product sales.
  • Packaging and sending out orders of print publications to worldwide destinations.

Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree (minimum)
  • Previous experience in editing and proofreading, and a demonstrably keen eye for detail (essential)
  • Basic experience of working with a CMS, database or online publication content
  • Keen to progress in a career in publishing
  • An interest in the commercial aspects of publishing
  • An understanding of international affairs and/or global military issues (advantageous)

Only candidates who already have the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply. Candidates should send a CV, plus a letter stating their suitability for the post, to hr@iiss.org no later than 26 May 2017. 

There will be a short editing test as part of the interview process.

Research Assistant, Armed Conflict Database – Somalia

The IISS Armed Conflict Database is looking to engage the services of a research assistant to provide support in covering the conflict in Somalia.  It is anticipated these services will be required for at least three months, starting 1 June 2017 for approximately 20 hours per month. The work can be carried out remotely.

The successful candidate will be a PhD or Masters student (or graduate) with educational or professional experience in the region, and a solid background in conflict research and report writing. Experience in monitoring and analysing conflict developments in Somalia/the African region is highly desirable. He or she will be able to demonstrate the ability to write clearly and concisely, and to meet tight deadlines. If you are interested, please send your CV, a cover letter and a short writing sample to hr@iiss.org by 25th May 2017.  Interviews will take place by phone or Skype on Tuesday 30th May 2017.  Only those candidates who are shortlisted will receive a reply.

Please note this is a freelance, self-employed position.

Strategic Survey Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict, has a four-week vacancy for an intern to carry out data research for infographics to be included in the next IISS Strategic Survey publication. The 2017 edition will analyse events that shaped relations between global powers between July 2016 and June 2017.

Based in IISS’ London office, the vacancy would be suitable for a politics/history/economics graduate with strong data research skills and an interest in international affairs. You will have the opportunity to research a range of current global issues and to compile relevant data in consultation with the book’s editorial team. You may also take part in fact-checking essays and regional chapters for Strategic Survey 2017.


The successful candidate should be able to conduct data research by identifying and assessing credible sources of information in the public domain. He or she should also have the analytical skills to refine this information for use in infographics that will be informative and accessible to a broad readership. Previous experience of working on a publication would be an advantage.


This is an unpaid position, but we do offer interns lunch vouchers and assistance with their local London travel costs. You must have the legal right to work in the UK to apply for this internship.


The closing date for applications is 26 May 2017.  To apply, please send your CV and a short covering letter to hr@iiss.org, including ‘Strategic Survey Internship’ in the subject line.


Due to the expected volume of applications, we will only contact those candidates whom we would like to interview.


Intern – South Asia Programme

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is seeking an energetic intern to contribute to the work of South Asia Programme. The South Asia Programme is responsible, inter alia, for research and workshop/conference activities on Afghanistan & regional security issues; India’s foreign and security policy; and civil-military relations in Pakistan. Reporting to Mr. Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, IISS Senior Fellow for South Asia, you will have the opportunity to be part of a small but dedicated team working on Indian naval and military issues. In the process, you will gain insight into how a think-tank like IISS delivers its products and services.

You will be involved in:

  • Researching on India’s Naval Strategy
  • Assisting in organising speaking events
  • Networking among UK experts on South Asia

You should possess or be studying for an undergraduate or Master’s in the field of International Relations. 

You need to demonstrate: Essential skills: advance research skills and an astute and diplomatic manner. Desirable skills: flexible approach to work.

The internship programme has a duration of six weeks and requires a weekly commitment of approximately 20 hours. It can be tailored to fit the intern’s other professional or study commitments. Applicants must be able to start on 4 September 2017. The work cannot be confined to university breaks and summer term.

Please note that this internship is voluntary and therefore unpaid.  However, reasonable local travel expenses and internal luncheon vouchers are provided.

Please apply by email to hr@iiss.org by 1 July 2017, attaching CV and covering letter outlining your experience and how you would hope to benefit from the internship. Please also state your availability for a 20-hour per week commitment over 6 weeks from 4th September 2017. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. 

Only candidates who already possess the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.


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 modernisation, 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 organisational 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.

Operations Administrator

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. The IISS–Americas office in Washington DC is an active and important base for the IISS in the US and elsewhere in the Americas: promoting the Institute and its research to relevant constituencies, servicing individual and corporate memberships, and initiating events for local audiences consistent with IISS’ international reach.

We seek to appoint an Operations Administrator. This position is ideal for a recent graduate interested in developing an understanding of the inner workings of a think tank/non-profit. Applicants should expect to work in a fast-paced environment supporting the IISS’ expanding Washington office.

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing office operations, including assisting with accounting and record-keeping, processing IISS membership dues, managing the IISS–Americas contacts database, maintaining office supplies, and responding to and directing incoming emails and calls.
  • Managing the IISS–Americas’ schedule of public and private events, including invitation generation and tracking, liaising with speakers, and all logistical support necessary to ensure successful events.
  • Coordinating the internship programme and the activities of three interns per semester.
  • Assisting the IISS–Americas Managing Director with institutional development.
  • Other administrative duties for the IISS–Americas Managing Director, as required.

The successful applicant will have demonstrable experience in event planning and operations or administrative support. In addition, candidates will have strong written and oral communication skills, a high degree of professionalism, and a keen eye for detail.

Applicants must have the ability to work in the US (IISS–Americas is unfortunately unable to assist in procuring visas or entry permits).

The IISS provides a competitive salary with benefits.

Candidates should provide a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references by email, citing Operations Administrator, to iiss-americas@iiss.org by 2 June 2017.

Special Assistant to the Executive Director, IISS–Americas, & Conference and Events Administrator

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. The IISS–Americas office in Washington DC plays a highly active role as a base for the IISS in the US and elsewhere in the Americas: promoting the Institute and its research to relevant constituencies, servicing individual and corporate memberships, and initiating events for local audiences consistent with IISS’ international reach.

We seek to appoint a Special Assistant to the Executive Director of IISS–Americas, with concurrent duties as Conference and Events Administrator. This position requires travel to Singapore and Bahrain and involves outreach to, among others, high-level US government officials in the executive and legislative branches, corporate executives and the foreign policy expert community.

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing research support to the IISS–Americas Executive Director and other IISS–Americas research staff on topics including non-proliferation and missile defence.
  • Delegate management and logistical support for the IISS’ major annual dialogues in Bahrain and Singapore, including liaising with US government officials, monitoring and tracking invitations in the IISS’ delegate management system, and providing onsite support.
  • Assisting the IISS–Americas Managing Director with corporate and external relations.
  • Coordinating the IISS–Americas Executive Director’s schedule, including speaking engagements and travel arrangements.
  • Other administrative duties for the IISS–Americas Executive and Managing Directors, as required.

The successful applicant will have 1–2 years of experience and/or an advanced degree, with some combination of experience in high-level events planning and execution, research support, administrative support, and external relations. They will also demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, discretion, and the ability to manage multiple complex tasks concurrently.

Applicants must have the ability to work in the US (IISS–Americas is unfortunately unable to assist in procuring visas or entry permits).

The IISS provides a competitive salary with benefits.

Candidates should provide a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references by email, citing Special Assistant, to iiss-americas@iiss.org by 2 June 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.