About Us

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict.

The IISS was founded in the UK in 1958 with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today, it is also renowned for The Military Balance, its annual assessment of countries' armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.


Promoting sound policies

A registered charity headquartered in London, the IISS also has offices in WashingtonSingapore and Manama, Bahrain. The IISS is a non-partisan organisation, independent of government and other bodies. Its mission is to promote the adoption of sound policies to further global peace and security and maintain civilised international relations.

Research and consultancy

Research is central to IISS activities. The institute's research programmes are divided by global region and according to policy themes (from non-proliferation, transnational threats and geo-economics to climate change and security). IISS experts deliver impartial, rigorous analysis. They are drawn from all over the world, and include established world-class strategists, as well as the brightest young analysts. The institute's corporate advisory arm offers strategic advice and political-risk analysis to commercial and government clients.  


Besides The Military Balance and the Military Balance+ online database, the definitive reference sources on the world's armed forces, IISS publications include:

IISS publications

    Summits and other events

    Heads of state, foreign and defence ministers, high-level diplomats and officials attend IISS security summits for the opportunity to discuss policy in private as well as in public, assisting in greater international understanding and conflict avoidance. Since its launch in Singapore in 2002, the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue has become recognised as the premier institution in the Asia-Pacific for defence diplomacy. The IISS Manama Dialogue in Bahrain similarly enjoys the status of the most important international security meeting held in the Middle East and attended by government ministers.

    As well as these prestigious summits, the IISS hosts regular speeches, workshops, meetings, and other events

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    IISS members enjoy access to the Institute’s globally renowned authoritative data and opinion-shaping analysis, plus invitations to meetings and international conferences.

    The Military Balance 2018

    The Military Balance is the annual IISS assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries.

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    The IISS 2016 Annual Review

    Facts, analysis, influence

    This review highlights how the IISS identifies new issues and contributes to strategic debate and effective action.