Individual Membership

Individual Membership

Individual membership is for those with expertise and a deep interest in matters of international security.

IISS membership is granted on the basis of an individual’s contribution to the strategic debate; all applications for membership need to be accompanied by a personal statement and the applicant’s CV.

Members become part of an exclusive and prestigious network which they can access through events large and small, publications and personal contact with IISS staff and Fellows.

Our membership is intended for those with expertise and deep interest in matters of international affairs, security, political risk, geopolitics and geo-economics.

Benefits of Membership



Exclusive Access

  • Online access to the Members area of the IISS website, including access to the above publications
  • Access to presentations and discussions via webcasts
  • Online access to the Library’s Discovery Platform, which offers an aggregated search facility to access over 3,000 full-text journal articles, working papers and e-books on international security and counter-terrorism. This includes journal titles such as Africa Confidential; Conflict, Security & Development; Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyIntelligence & National Security; International Security;National Interest; Nonproliferation Review; Washington Quarterly and many more
  • Special access to the use of Arundel House, the Institute’s exclusive headquarters building in London

Joining Fee: Please note that successful applicants for Individual Membership will be charged an administration fee of £30 in addition to the subscription rate of £325. 

We kindly require embassy staff based in London to apply for our discounted embassy membershipOur Embassy membership comes with additional benefits, as well as allowing any member of your embassy to attend networking and research events.

Apply Online for Membership

If you wish to apply online for an Individual Membership please follow the link and complete the Apply Online for Membership form. 

Individual Membership

Our members are part of a global network that seeks to raise the standard of debate on security policy and to promote the adoption of sound policies. Members enjoy access to the Institute’s globally renowned, authoritative data and its opinion-shaping analysis in the form of print and electronic publications, plus invitations to meetings and international conferences.