Research and Analysis

IISS research, from the leading authority on global security, is designed to advance the understanding of defence, nuclear, conflict, terrorism and other crucial twenty-first century issues

The Military Balance

Indispensable defence data and analysis

Find out how The Military Balance 2017 and our new complementary database, Military Balance+, can drive your analysis of global military capabilities and defence economics. 

Security and Development

This programme considers how armed violence affects large urban centres in less-developed countries and limits their ability to meet development goals.

Russia and Eurasia

The IISS Russia and Eurasia programme focuses on the politics, political economy, and international relations of Russia and the other states of post-Soviet Eurasia.

Defence and Military Analysis

The IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme (DMAP) examines trends in strategies, capabilities and defence expenditure.

Geo-economics and Strategy

The Geo-economics and Strategy programme is devoted to analysis of the interplay between economics and geopolitics at the global level.

Non-proliferation and nuclear policy

Improving the security of all nuclear materials

About four-fifths of the weapons-usable nuclear materials in the world are in non-civilian programmes, but global efforts to enhance the security of nuclear materials have been almost exclusively concentrated on the civilian sector. Following troubling security breaches, this report aims to advance international oversight of the security of non-civilian nuclear materials.