Individual Membership

Patron Membership

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

This category of membership is intended for individuals who recognise the valuable work that the Institute does to promote dialogue and sound policies in the sphere of international security, and who wish to support this work in a substantive way.  Admission to this category is at the sole discretion of the Director-General and Chief Executive of the IISS.

Patron members receive all the benefits of an individual membership, together with an invitation to attend one of the Institute’s major international events held annually in Singapore and Bahrain, either the Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue or the Middle East Security Summit: The Manama Dialogue.   In addition they will be selectively invited to take part in our geo-economics programme seminars held at IISS-Middle East and to join IISS senior staff when periodically they entertain public figures. Patron members also have the opportunity to access the expertise of IISS staff and its wider network through occasional bespoke briefings.

Benefits of Membership

Individual Patron Membership at £10,000 per year provides the following benefits:

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  • Receive one set per year of the Institute’s publications:
  • 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 Affairs; Foreign Policy; Intelligence & National Security; International Security; National Interest; Nonproliferation Review; Washington Quarterly and many more
  • Priority access to IISS facilities to book meetings, briefings, conferences and video-conferences.

Enquire about Membership

If you wish to subscribe as an Individual Patron Member please follow the link and complete the enquiry form. The Membership and External Relations Department will then contact you to proceed with your application.

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.