International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

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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.


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