International Institute for Strategic Studies

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a British research institute (or think tank) in the area of international affairs. It describes itself as "the world’s leading authority on political-military conflict".

Based in London, it is both a limited company in UK law and a registered charity. It has branches in the U.S. and in Singapore, with charitable status in each jurisdiction.

The IISS was founded in 1958, with its original focus nuclear deterrence and arms control. The institute claims that it "was hugely influential in setting the intellectual structures for managing the Cold War

Dr John Chipman is Director-General and Chief Executive of the IISS in London.

He received his BA (Hons) in History from Harvard, an MA (Distinction) in International History from the London School of Economics, and his M.Phil and D.Phil in International Relations from Balliol College Oxford.

Following a year as Research Associate at the IISS in 1983-84, during which he was also a NATO Fellow, he worked in Paris as a Research Associate at the Atlantic Institute for International Affairs from 1985 to 1987.


"The Institute has 3,000 members drawn from the government, business and academic élites of over 100 countries. Its current roster of around 200 Corporate and Institutional Members includes some 55 research centres and institutes, 25 media organisations, 35 government ministries and agencies and 40 commercial organisations along with numerous military staff colleges and university departments. The wide range of business interests represented include finance and investment, international banking, insurance, computing, shipping, infrastructure development, automobile production, management consulting, gas and oil, power generation and transmission, aerospace and defence, major media outlets and telecommunications."



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