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 2018 and our 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

Gulf Security after 2020

When UN Security Council Resolution 2231 – associated with the Iran nuclear deal – came into effect in late 2015, it included a clause preventing states from transferring conventional arms to Iran for five years. But what weapons would Iran buy, and how would they shape its military capabilities? A high-level group of experts examines the future of Gulf security after the moratorium on arms purchases expires.