John Drennan

Special Assistant to the Executive Director, IISS–Americas



  • Russian foreign and security policy
  • Russia’s relations with China, Japan, and North and South Korea
  • Central Asia
  • US foreign policy

Languages: English, Russian

Summary: John is Special Assistant to the Executive Director, IISS–Americas. His responsibilities include research and project management for the Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme and Cyber, Space and Future Conflict Programme; outreach to US, Canadian and Russian government officials, and delegate engagement onsite for the IISS Manama Dialogue and IISS Shangri-La Dialogue; coordinating the Executive Director’s office; and contributing to development, strategic planning, and corporate and government affairs for IISS–Americas.


  • 2017: MA Strategic Studies and International Economics, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • 201517: Research Analyst and Programme Officer, Russia and Eurasia Programme, IISS
  • 201415: Research Assistant and Programme Officer, Russia and Eurasia Programme, IISS
  • 201214: Research and Operations Assistant, IISSAmericas

Selected Publications:

  • ‘Russia and China: A New Type of Great-Power Relationship’, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy (59-1, February–March 2017), with Samuel Charap and Pierre Noel
  • ‘The US and Russia in the Asia-Pacific’, IISS Report, 30 March 2016, with Samuel Charap et al.
  • ‘Russia-Japan Relations after Ukraine’, IISS Voices, 10 July 2015

About IISS–Americas:

The Washington-based office of the IISS serves as a hub through which policymaking communities, multilateral organisations, nongovernmental organisations and multinational corporations based in the Americas connect with the Institute.

About the Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme:

The Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme supports international efforts to strengthen the non-proliferation regime and deal with the most dangerous regional proliferation threats. It also focuses on disarmament issues and efforts to mitigate nuclear dangers.

About the Cyber, Space and Future Conflict Programme:

The IISS Cyber, Space and Future Conflict Programme analyses the use of ICT, satellites, and other emergent technologies (such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing) for their role in military and intelligence operations. The programme's study of next-generation conflict encompasses capabilities, intentions, doctrines, rules of engagement, arms control, and deterrence as they pertain to both state and non-state actors.

About the Russia and Eurasia Programme:

The Russia and Eurasia Programme focuses on the politics, political economy, and international relations of Russia and the other states of post-Soviet Eurasia. The programme also manages international Track II initiatives that bring together American, Russian, and European experts and policymakers to discuss key regional issues and offer policy solutions. 

Joined IISS: September 2012

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