London Office

Website Coordinator

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

We are seeking to appoint a Website Coordinator as part of the online team in London, whose responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:

  • Acting as webmaster and coordinating the day-to-day running of the IISS websites, ensuring they are aesthetically pleasing and functioning correctly. Managing the day-to-day workflow and production on the IISS websites, acting as the key link between content and development teams in order to ensure that the business objectives are achieved on time and to budget.
  • Regularly updating the website with events, news and features. Creating new pages and liaising closely with the external website developers, account managers and suppliers.
  • Acting as the first point of contact for website queries and maintaining the internal web-support system.
  • Researching and implementing new website ideas and explaining these ideas to people with varying levels of web knowledge.
  • Monitoring the consistency of information uploaded through the Content Management System (CMS) by other users. Writing the CMS manual and the procedures for updating the website via the CMS system and the in-house databases with support from the online team.
  • Monitoring and analysing the performance of all IISS websites; driving the customer journey; and monitoring site stability, security and speed while delivering optimisation growth.
  • Reporting and analysis of online traffic (Google Analytics and DMS).

To be successful in this role you will need to have the following skills and experience:

  • Significant and demonstrable experience of web/digital project management.
  • Excellent relationship- and stakeholder-management skills and the ability to manage and deliver projects on time.
  • Be comfortable using CMS (preferably Sitecore or other enterprise solutions) and databases and enjoy troubleshooting.
  • HTML coding.
  • Previous experience in e-commerce.
  • Desirable, but not essential, skills include: Google Analytics, SEO, email marketing tools.

In return, you will receive a comprehensive range of benefits including Life Assurance, Private Medical Insurance and a contributory Pension Scheme. The salary will be in the range of £28,000–31,000, with 21 days of holiday in the first year of employment and 26 days per year thereafter.

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS to, enclosing a CV and two referees and citing ‘IISS Website Coordinator Application’ in the subject line. The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 4 January 2016.

Editorial Assistant, Online (12 month, fixed-term contract)

The IISS, the leading global think tank on international security affairs and conflict, has an editorial vacancy at its central London headquarters.

The job requires editing and proofreading skills, website experience and teamwork. Duties will include:

  • Assisting in writing/editing/updating website pages, including IISS blogs and other web pages; keeping content up to date including supporting maintenance of social media channels.
  • Assisting with the fact-checking, copy-editing, proofing and production of the Armed Conflict Database (ACD) and other IISS publications.

Only candidates who already have the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply. Please send a CV, plus a letter stating current salary and demonstrating your suitability for the post, to no later than Monday 4 January 2016.

Graphics coordinator/researcher (fixed-term contract from December 2015)

The IISS wishes to appoint a Graphics Coordinator/Researcher for its forthcoming publication, the Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2016. This Strategic Dossier, produced in association with IISS-Asia and the Shangri-La Dialogue, will focus on key developments and trends in regional defence, security, economics and geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific, with particular reference to the United States and China.

The role of the Graphics Coordinator/Researcher will be to work with the authors, editors and design team both to select and procure photographs and to create high-quality, informative bespoke graphics (infographics, maps, diagrams, tables, charts etc.) that add value and visual interest to this prestigious publication.


  • Assisting authors with researching suitable bespoke graphics material
  • Working with authors to ensure graphics briefs are clear and complete
  • Working with the publications and design team to create and update graphics as necessary
  • Fact-checking, and liaising with relevant IISS research departments to ensure accuracy
  • Copy-editing all graphics text
  • Writing captions for photos in accordance with house style
  • Checking all picture sourcing for accuracy and completeness
  • Securing data-usage permissions with, or on behalf of, authors


  • Research experience
  • Editing experience
  • Keen eye for detail
  • First-class organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proactivity, confidence and initiative
  • Ability to work to deadlines

The position will be based at the IISS headquarters in London, on a fixed-term contract from December 2015 until April 2016. Candidates should send a CV, plus a letter stating their current salary and demonstrating their suitability for the post, citing ‘Graphics coordinator/researcher’ in the subject line, to by 27 November. Only applicants who already have the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.

IISS–Middle East Office

Research Fellow in Middle East Politics (Iran)

The International Institute for Strategic Studies–Middle East wishes to hire a full-time Research Fellow in Middle East Politics based in its office in Manama, Bahrain.

The selected candidate will work as part of a dynamic and cross-cutting team focusing on the politics, security and economics of the Arabian Peninsula and the wider Middle East and North Africa region. In particular, we aim to develop a strong stream of policy-relevant research into the political and economic sociology of Iran, the nature and impact of its external policies and activities, the responses of other governments to the political and security challenges these pose, and likely future trajectories. He/she will develop an original research programme in coordination with the senior staff in the various IISS offices, contribute to the various IISS publications, collaborate with other IISS scholars and help organise and take an active part in the various IISS conferences and activities (most notably the Manama Dialogue).

The selected candidate will possess superior analytical, communication and writing skills. He/she will display intellectual and operational versatility and demonstrate an ability to operate as part of a team as well as independently. He/she will conduct outreach to the various IISS audiences (IISS members, governments, media, corporations, civil society, etc.). 


  • Postgraduate degree relating to Middle East studies with an emphasis on Iran. Recent PhD, DPhil or Masters with 5 years of professional experience (in research, academia, government, journalism or similar).
  • A focus on Iran’s internal politics and ideological trajectory. An interest in the nature and impact of transnational Shia networks. An additional interest in some or all of the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, the Levant, South Asia and Central Asia would be an advantage.
  • Functional focus on the political sociology of the Iranian state, its elites, subalterns and opponents; on internal and transnational ideological trends; and on Iran’s relationships with its neighbours and the wider world; plus at least two of the following subject areas: political violence and terrorism; regional security (including defense and military issues); state-building, civil-military relations; demographics, human security, water, food and environmental security; conflict studies; political economy and economic development; and energy economics. 
  • Excellent command of English and fluency in Farsi.
  • Proven experience conducting primary research, interacting with government and non-government actors and 
  • Significant experience living in the Middle East.

This is a permanent post, subject to a probationary period of three months. Salary range: 45,000–50,000 BHD depending on qualifications, experience and publications. Benefits package.

Please apply by email to by 15 December 2015, attaching CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability. Include two relevant writing samples and a list of references.

Selected candidates will be invited for an initial interview. Due to the high volume of applications expected, only candidates invited for interview will receive a reply. 

IISS–US Office

IISS-US Internship

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

Requirements: Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Be at least a college junior in good standing 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-US 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, conduct research, and assist with event and media management. Those with previous office experience and a proven professional demeanor are preferred.


  • Résumé;
  • Cover letter (specify dates available)

All materials should be sent in PDF format attached to e-mail application, with the subject line: “Your Name – Spring 2015 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.

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

Russia and Eurasia Programme Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is currently seeking a volunteer 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 Spring 2016 session, kindly submit a complete application no later than 6 November 2015. 


  • 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): 

  • Résumé;
  • Cover letter (specify dates available and preference for full- or part-time);
  • 3-5 page analytical writing sample demonstrating the applicant’s ability to conduct substantive, original research (may be a portion of a longer paper);
  • 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

The Gerald Segal Research Internship 2016

The International Institute for Strategic Studies-Asia (IISS-Asia) invites applications for the Gerald Segal Research Internship 2016, which will be tenable for a period of three months during 2016 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 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 SGD750 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 via by 6 December 2015.