London Office

 Land Warfare Research Assistant For work on The Military Balance

An opportunity has arisen at The International Institute for Strategic Studies, in London, for a Research Assistant post for work on The Military Balance and other projects of the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme (DMAP).

The selected individual will work closely with the Senior Fellow Land Warfare and Editor of The Military Balance in the Programme.

This position should appeal to individuals who have, or would like to acquire and use, detailed knowledge of military organisations globally and are looking to gain experience in the field of military analysis or strategic studies.

Duties may involve:

  • Assistance in researching the organisation and equipment of national defence structures; armies and other land forces including amphibious, airborne and special forces, arms procurements; and military operations and training exercises, under the direction of the Editor of The Military Balance and other staff working in the Programme. The production of regular updates is also part of this task.
  • Assistance in researching information on wider defence policy matters, and assistance in administrative duties relating to research activities, under the direction of the Senior Fellow Land Warfare.
  • 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, including the analysis of orders of battle and equipment capabilities.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.  (The IISS regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or work permits.)
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English. Fluency in at least one foreign language is desirable. Preferred languages are Spanish, Russian and Mandarin. Experience of research using written and online sources.
  • Availability until at least November 2015.

Period of contract:  mid October 2014 to mid April  2015, to a maximum of 20 hours per week. 


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

It is preferred that candidates email their CV and cover letter to no later than 25  September 2014. 

Alternatively, candidates may write to:

Jane Graham
Head of Human Resources
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 
Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place
London WC2R 3DX

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

IISS–Asia Office

The Gerald Segal Research Internship 2015

The International Institute for Strategic Studies-Asia (IISS-Asia) invites applications for the Gerald Segal Research Internship 2015, which will be tenable for a period of three months during 2015 at the IISS-Asia office in Singapore.

Dr Gerald Segal, who died in November 1999, had been Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies since September 1997. He joined the IISS in September 1991 as Senior Fellow for Asian Studies. During his career, Gerald Segal was unusually productive: he wrote more than a dozen books and published 130 articles. Though his published work encompassed diverse topics, his greatest contribution was in the analysis of Asian strategic and security issues. Alongside his own direct contributions, Dr Segal also did much to encourage research and writing on Asian security by younger and less widely-published colleagues.

The Gerald Segal Research Internship provides an opportunity for a postgraduate student of any nationality to spend three months with the IISS-Asia office in Singapore working on his or her own research project concerned with an aspect of international relations or international security in the Asia-Pacific region, while simultaneously contributing to the activities of the IISS-Asia office, in terms of both assisting in research projects and involvement in operational support for meetings including the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue and the IISS Fullerton Lecture series. Since late 2012, IISS-Asia has expanded its research and other activities, and is now located in new, larger premises in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.

The intern will be paid a stipend of SGD700 per month to cover daily expenses. IISS-Asia will provide assistance in securing the necessary temporary work permit for the intern, but finding accommodation will be the intern’s own responsibility.

Interested candidates should submit their CVs, synopses of their proposed research projects (which may be directly connected to their postgraduate programmes), and covering letters to Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS-Asia  by 30 September 2014.

IISS–Middle East Office

Managing Director IISS–Middle East: Kingdom of Bahrain

The International Institute for Strategic Studies–Middle East intends to hire a full-time Managing Director for its Middle East Headquarters in Bahrain. The selected candidate will report to the Executive Director of the IISS Middle–East who has CEO responsibilities and will act in effect as the chief operating officer of the IISS–Middle East office, supporting the Executive Director in the management of the office. The IISS–Middle East office is based in a prestigious location in Manama’s Financial Harbour district.

The IISS is the world’s leading authority on geopolitical and geo-economic trends. Its publications are at the forefront of strategic thinking, its international summits assist intergovernmental consultations and its analysis is frequently sought by the international business community. The IISS–Middle East office is internationally staffed, and is set to grow and develop substantially under strong leadership.

The Managing Director will oversee the operations of the IISS–Middle East office and take a particularly strong role in managing preparations for the annual IISS Manama Dialogue summit; ensuring the good organisation of the many other conferences, workshops and seminars that are conducted in Bahrain; co-ordinating with the Finance Director in London, so that budgetary controls are maintained; liaising as required with local providers of services; managing operations staff, including IT and administrative support; maintaining strong relations with government departments and agencies in Bahrain and elsewhere in the Gulf, as well as with local and regional diplomatic, military and business leaders. The Managing Director will also be expected to support the Executive Director in fundraising for IISS research and conference activity, as well as in recruiting corporate members of the IISS and handling consultancy arrangements as they arise.

The IISS seeks a candidate with a strong knowledge and understanding of Middle East issues, preferably with some experience working in the region and with proven management and communication capacities. The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual able to take on a wide variety of tasks with tact and efficiency. The position will suit a person with strong intellectual qualifications and an established record of accomplishment in government and/or business. Fluency in English is essential and competence in Arabic is preferred.

The post will be available from 1 October and the IISS seeks to appoint a person able to take up residency in Bahrain shortly thereafter. Applications should include a letter stating the skills the candidate would bring to the IISS, a CV and list of references, and should be submitted by email by 22 September with the subject line 'IISS–ME MD Post Application'. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience, and will be free of tax in Bahrain.

IISS–US Office

There are currently no vacancies.

Internships at IISS-US

The Institute is currently seeking graduate and undergraduate interns to support the work and management of its Washington DC office; details are listed on the IISS-US careers page.