London Office


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.  


Digital Project Manager

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 Digital Project Manager as part of the Online Team in London. The principal responsibilities for the successful role-holder will be as follows:

  1. Act as technical anchor and project manager for the continual overall maintenance of the IISS and Armed Conflict Database websites (excluding content), with the use of our CMS Platform, Sitecore.   
  • Act as primary technical interface internally and with external web providers to ensure the business needs for the website are met (including publishing, membership and events, customer sales and other IISS website users);
  • Propose and implement/validate day-to-day troubleshooting solutions;
  • Attend and provide technical input to the Interactive Steering Committee to elicit, define and prioritise requirements with clear acceptance criteria;
  • Contribute to the needs analysis and design of roadmap for website development projects;
  • Project leadership in the delivery of the website roadmap.
  1. Provide web-related support to IISS staff, including provision of training and guidance on web inputs; taking a proactive approach to IISS departments to ensure the website is up to date. 

  2. Provide stakeholder engagement and management for the website across the IISS.  Working closely with the Online Team, Membership and Events Teams, HR, IT and regional offices and external suppliers to ensure the ongoing technical functioning of IISS websites. 

  3. Editing/updating specific areas of the IISS Website.

To be successful in this role you will need to have a proven track record in the following areas:

  • Delivering technical projects in a digital/eCommerce environment
  • Knowledge of Sitecore CMS essential
  • Experience of working with and co-ordinating plan activities across multiple areas of the business
  • Experience of project management in a digital background
  • Possess excellent communication, time management, multi-tasking skills
  • Be a proactive, self-starter who can work well both independently and as part of a team (although not heading, or being supported by a specific team)
  • Experienced in managing multiple technical projects
  • Demonstrating a good understanding of technical infrastructure and conversing concisely to external technical teams, proposing and validating solutions, interpreting back to internal IISS departments.

Person specification:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proactive and flexible approach
  • Able to work in an autonomous role
  • Able to manage stakeholders at different levels
  • Commercial awareness

In return, you will receive a comprehensive range of benefits including Life Assurance, Private Medical Insurance and contributory Pension Scheme. The opportunity salary will in the range of £40,000 to £43,000 with generous annual leave entitlement. 

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS, enclosing a CV and two referees by email, citing Digital Project Manager Application in the subject line, to The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 6 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 20 May 2016.

IISS–Americas Office



The International Institute for Strategic Studies is seeking volunteer interns to support the activities of its office in Washington DC for summer 2016.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Be at least a college junior in good standing (recent college graduates will also be considered) or a graduate student studying international relations, security studies or related field
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent
  • Be eligible to work in the US. IISS-Americas regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits. Please include this information in your application.

Responsibilities: Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think tank. Interns will be required to provide administrative and operational support and assist with event and media management. Those with previous office experience and a proven professional demeanour are preferred.

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter in PDF format via email to, with the subject line 'Your Name – Summer 2016 Internship Application.' Please include your full name in the title for each separate document. Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. Applications will close when all positions are filled.

IISS–Asia Office

No vacancies at present.