International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
An independent global think tank researching political and military conflict. The IISS was founded in the UK in 1958 with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today, it is also renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries’ armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue.
A registered charity headquartered in London, 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.
With headquarters in London, the organisation has long-standing regional offices in Washington and Singapore. However, having launched the high-profile Manama Dialogue security conference and the Bahrain Global Forum on geo-economics in recent years, the IISS has established a major presence in the Middle East.
The IISS will serve as an effective incubator for some of our bright young diplomats, our future ambassadors and decision makers, through secondment opportunities, immersing themselves in particular areas of specialisation and expertise that are instrumental as we embark on a new era of diplomacy, in a new international environment for foreign policy that caters to an accelerating, globalised world.
The Manama office serves as a base for the Institute’s many research programmes and activities throughout the region. It acts as a link to IISS initiatives in Europe, North America and Asia.