London Office

Editor, Armed Conflict Survey, and Research Fellow for Armed Conflict

The IISS wishes to appoint a Research Fellow for Armed Conflict who will serve as Editor of the Armed Conflict Survey, our new annual publication. The appointee will also provide strategic direction to the Armed Conflict Database.

Key duties

  • Overall responsibility for the commissioning, editing and production of the annual Armed Conflict Survey (ACS), to deliver a product that is accurate, insightful and written in a compelling, authoritative, jargon-free manner.
  • Providing strategic direction for the Armed Conflict Database (ACD), including setting the course with regard to analytical focus, quality control, features and functionality, and customer insight and engagement.
  • Engage in original research, produce research papers, and contribute to IISS publications in the field of Armed Conflict. Research Fellows are expected to fund-raise to support their research activities. They will also, as necessary, brief IISS Corporate Members and write consultancy reports, and contribute to IISS Dialogues, conferences and other events.

Applicants should have established their credentials as an expert on armed conflict. They should have a relevant PhD or MA; several years’ experience in academia, a think-tank or international agency; and a respectable publications record.

Applicants should have meticulous editing and excellent organisational and communication skills, which can be demonstrated through relevant experience. They should also be willing to develop strategies for expanding the publications’ online presence.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Director of Editorial for publication-related duties and to the Director of Studies for research-related work. We expect that the appointee will conduct research on armed conflict in parallel with their editorial duties.

Salary will reflect experience. The IISS provides a full employment package. More information about the IISS can be found at

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and should send a CV, plus a letter stating their current salary and demonstrating their suitability for the post, to no later than 21 July 2015. 

Armed Conflict Database Contributors

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the world’s leading authority on political-military conflict, has vacancies in its London office, with the possibility of working remotely, for temporary, part-time positions as Armed Conflict Database Contributors.

The IISS Armed Conflict Database invites applications from Master’s or PhD students interested in contributing timelines and reports on a freelance basis. A full list of the conflicts we cover can be found at For a typical conflict, this would involve approximately 10 hours of work per month, paid at £9.15 per hour. 

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate regional expertise; an ability to contribute clear, concise analysis; and unwavering adherence to our publication deadlines. Reports are written with input from IISS senior staff. Please send a short CV and a shorter covering letter, stating clearly the conflicts you feel qualified to cover, to

IISS–Middle East Office

IISS-Middle East - Research Internship 

The International Institute for Strategic Studies – Middle East is currently seeking a research intern to support the research programmes of its office in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.   You will be involved in:

  • Research assistance for programmes focused on regional security (notably the Armed Conflict Database)

  • General administration and operations support in the management of the office

  • Compilation and preparation of draft reports


  • Be enrolled in, or have an undergraduate degree relating to the study of international relations or regional politics
  • Possess excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Fluency in English and Arabic
  • Have a flexible approach to work
  • Possess the right to work in the Kingdom of Bahrain


  • CV
  • Cover letter, outlining your experience and suitability.
  • Sample of recent writing 

Please send the above by email to Erika Broers at by 31 June 2015. Kindly note that selected candidates will be invited for an interview.   

The IISS is happy to consider applications for full-time or for part-time internships. The programme can be tailored to fit the intern’s other professional or study commitments, and a monthly stipend will also be offered. Internships at the IISS-Middle East run for three months, but could be renewed or extended by mutual agreement.

Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and operations of a leading international think-tank.

IISS–US Office

Operations Administrator

The IISS-US is recruiting a full-time Operations Administrator to join its staff immediately.

The Operations Administrator will among other tasks be responsible for managing public and private events hosted by the IISS-US, providing assistance with the management and administration of the office, and serving as the principle point of contact for incoming communication and inquiries.

Duties related to events will include (among other elements):

  • Managing the IISS-US events calendar
  • Utilising contact manager and related software to draft, send and track invitations
  • Coordinating with the IISS AV/IT team and outside vendors for events
  • Assisting visiting IISS staff members and other speakers with logistics and arrangements

Duties related to management and administration will include (among other elements):

  • Assisting with accounting and record-keeping
  • Processing membership dues
  • Coordinating activity reports
  • Maintaining office supplies

Duties related to incoming communication will include (among other elements):

  • Monitoring various IISS-US email accounts
  • Responding to and directing incoming emails and calls

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (Foreign Policy focus preferred)
  • One year of administrative experience

The Operations Administrator will report to the Managing Director, IISS-US.

Résumés and cover letters will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled and should be sent to for consideration.

Russia and Eurasia Programme Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is currently seeking an intern to support the Institute’s Russia and Eurasia Programme, which is based at the IISS-US in Washington, DC. To be considered for the Fall 2015 session, kindly submit a complete application no later than 10 July 2015. A stipend is available upon successful completion of the internship.


  • Be a current graduate student with a major or significant coursework in Russia/Eurasia area studies;
  • Be proficient in Russian (particularly reading);
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent from a non-US institution;
  • Be eligible to work in the US. IISS-US cannot assist in any way with procuring visas or entry permits. 


The internship involves substantive research on the politics, foreign policies and political economy of Russia and the states of post-Soviet Eurasia, and US/EU policy toward them. Interns will be required to provide administrative and operational support, conduct research, and assist with event and media management for Russia and Eurasia Program staff. Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think tank.

Application (by email): 

  1. Résumé;
  2. Cover letter (specify dates available and preference for full- or part-time);
  3. 3-5 page analytical writing sample (may be a portion of a longer research paper);
  4. Two letters of reference from faculty members and/or current or former employers. 

Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. 

Managing Director, IISS-US
The International Institute for Strategic Studies
2121 K Street NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20037
Tel.: +1-202-659-1490
Fax: +1-202-659-1499

IISS–Asia Office

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