International Institute for Strategic Studies

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International Institute for Strategic Studies
Arundel House.jpg
Arundel House, in Temple district of central London
Abbreviation IISS
Formation 1958
Type International relations think tank
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Director-General and Chief Executive
John Chipman

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a British research institute (or think tank) in the area of international affairs. Since 1997 its headquarters have been Arundel House, in London. The 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index ranked IISS as the ninth best think tank worldwide.[1]


Founded in 1958, with its original focus nuclear deterrence and arms control, the IISS has strong establishment links, with former US and British government officials among its members. The institute claims that it "was hugely influential in setting the intellectual structures for managing the Cold War." The current Director-General and Chief Executive is Dr John Chipman CMG. The Chairman of the Council is Francois Heisbourg, a former Director. Sir Michael Howard, the British military historian, is President Emeritus. Sir Michael founded the institute together with the British Labour M.P. Denis Healey (Defence Secretary 1964–1970 and Chancellor of the Exchequer 1974–1979) and journalist Alastair Buchan.[2]

The IISS describes itself as a

primary source of accurate, objective information on international strategic issues for politicians and diplomats, foreign affairs analysts, international business, economists, the military, defence commentators, journalists, academics and the informed public. The Institute owes no allegiance to any government, or to any political or other organisation.

The Institute claims 2,500 Individual Members and 450 Corporate and Institutional Members from more than 100 countries.

The IISS publishes The Military Balance, an annual assessment of nations' military capabilities; the Armed Conflict Database; Survival, a journal on global politics and strategy; Strategic Survey, the annual review of world affairs; the Adelphi Papers series of monographs; and Strategic Comments, online analysis of topical issues in international affairs.

The Institute hosts the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual meeting of Asia-Pacific region Defense Ministers in Singapore, and the Manama Dialogue, an annual meeting of Persian Gulf-region security ministers and officials in Bahrain.

Based in London, the IISS is both a private company limited by guarantee in UK law and a registered charity.[3] It has branches in Washington, D.C. (IISS-US) and in Singapore (IISS-Asia), with charitable status in each jurisdiction, and in Manama, Bahrain (IISS-Middle East).


Time magazine contended on 17 March 2004 that:

Even such establishment voices as London's prestigious International Institute of Strategic Studies, which supported the Iraq war and hosted President Bush's during his recent state visit to Britain, concludes that the hostility sparked by the Iraq war has substantially increased the growth potential for jihadi terror groups."[4]


  • Alastair Buchan (1958–1969)
  • François Duchêne (1969–1974)
  • Christoph Bertram (1974–1982)
  • Robert J. O'Neill (1982–1987)
  • François Heisbourg (1987–1992)
  • Bo Huldt (1992–1993)
  • John Chipman (1993 – )[5]


Council members as of 2015 are:[6]

See also


  1. 2013 "2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report" Check |url= value (help). 22 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Authors of the report – Iraq". The Times. 10 September 2002.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. IISS Governance and Advisory Structure
  4. Why the Qaeda Threat is Growing, Time, 17 March 2004
  5. IISS, Dr John Chipman CMG
  6. The Council, IISS

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