The International Institute for Strategic Studies. They are real folks and they have a website. On their About us page we read: The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading authority on political-military conflict. (???!!!) Political Military Conflict? Based in London, is both a limited company in UK law and a registered charity. Now folks I am just cutting and pasting right off their websites About Us page… any editing differences are to facilitate textual flow for this page (i.e. allow for my comments, hey its my site don’t I have entitlement to comment???!! GRIN) The IISS was founded in 1958 in the UK by a number of individuals interested in how to maintain civilized international relations in the nuclear age. A number of Individuals would be if the diagram on the Threads page is correct the members of both the Round Table and The Bilderbergers both of these groups have a desire to see how the masses of society works, what makes them tick. But in the NUCLEAR AGE? You mean the eminent threat of Nuclear War or the Nuclear Deterrent Stand Off (Seriously who in their right mind would ever want to push the button?) In the beginning they were set up to study a way to deter use of nuclear stockpiles which benefited the cold war. But in the 1980s and 90s they expanded. The scope of their influence and fields of study broadened and so did the staff and new locales I am guessing. Anyway they say this: Its mandate became to look at the problems of conflict, however caused, that might have an important military content. This gave fresh impetus to the Institute as it began to cover more comprehensively political and military issues in all continents. As this mandate developed, the Institute worked hard both to provide the best information and analysis on strategic trends, and to facilitate contacts between government leaders, business people and analysts that would lead to the development of better public policy in the fields of international relations and international security. Wait, say what? (Emphasis mine)They admit they are spying (studying) on every continent to see what is going on in real time moment by moment blow by blow in all the governments both large and small and in what activist groups and maybe even centers of learning?! WHAT? Seriously folks how does one “cover” comprehensively the issues on all the continents that deal with aggressions… does one knock on the door of every embassy and government building and hidey hole wherein a dissident might be and say “Top of the mornin’ to ya and how are we doing this fine day?!” NO! They SPY! I would hazard to say one company they did a lot of business with is the NRO. So all those conspiratorialist things about cold war spying this was one of perhaps several companies or think tanks used to spy. Lets see what else they were/are doing. The IISS has unique convening power. It brings together annually defense ministers, foreign ministers and national security advisers in various formats privately, and more publicly, to discuss and shape international security policy. To assess the threat levels of fill in the blank and find ways to remove the threats in other words. The range of IISS publications, its convening power, and the Institute’s strong international policy perspective make the IISS a key actor in the global strategic debate. (A key player in the global strategic .. world wide positioned for maximum affect… debate… planning on how to unite the world and hand everyone a Coke…. Its the real thing yknow. Ok that’s admittedly acerbic but this is just more of the whole unite the world and make them all place nicey nice together. Bet a lot of their intel goes to the UN. Look at the funding .

As of 2016 look at the list:

Taken from site page…

The IISS receives conference support from host governments in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia for major international inter-governmental Dialogues that we have held in Bahrain, Colombia and Singapore.

Below is a list of other governments, corporations, foundations and individuals from whom the IISS drew its principal income in the last two fiscal years ended on the 30th September 2014 & 2015. Income brackets are amounts received per annum.

Over £500,000

Taylor & Francis Group

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Membership Subscriptions (from over 1,800 individual members worldwide as at 30th September 2015)

£100,000 to £499,999

EU Non Proliferation Consortium

Lockheed Martin Corporation

MacArthur Foundation

Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Near East South Asia Centre (NESA), National Defence University

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sultanate of Brunei

Carnegie Corporation New York

Mitsubishi Corporation

Department of Foreign Affairs and Development, Canada



BAE Systems plc

Modi Enterprises

Reliance Industries Ltd

£25,000 to £99,999

Abraaj Capital

Airbus Group

Australian Government, Dept of Defence

Bahrain Defence Force

BG Group plc


BP International Ltd

British American Tobacco

Caracol Television S.A


DRS Technologies

E Oppenheimer & Son International Ltd

Embassy of Japan in the UK

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Federal Ministry of Defence Germany

Henkel, AG & Co KG&A

International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI)

JSW Steel Ltd

Korea Foundation

Ministry of Defence, UK

Ministry of Defense, Saudi Arabia

Mitsubushi Corporation


Northrop Grumman, Aerospace Systems

Notenstein Private Bank Limited


Raytheon International Inc

Robert & Ardis James Foundation

Saab AB

Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd

Shell International Ltd.

Singapore Technologies

Somerset Zhong Beikjing (previously The Asahi Shimbun)

Statoil (UK) Ltd

Swiss Confederation

Swiss Reinsurance Company Limited

Temasek International Pte Ltd

Total S.A.

Wallenberg Foundations AB

£1,000 to £24,999

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)

Australian Defence Staff

Australian High Commission

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Auswaertiges Amt

British Army

Cabinet Office, UK

Canadian High Commission

Carol Deane

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales


Chartwell Speakers

Chilean Army Centre for Research and Military Studies

Chilean Army War Academy

China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)

Comando Interforze Per Le Operazioni Delle Forze Speciali (COFS)

Crest Investment Company

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Dawood Hercules Corporation Ltd

Department for International Development

Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Embassy of Belgium

Embassy of Brazil

Embassy of Canada in the United States

Embassy of China

Embassy of Denmark

Embassy of Egypt

Embassy of Estonia

Embassy of France

Embassy of Israel

Embassy of Japan

Embassy of Norway

Embassy of Sweden

Embassy of the Czech Republic

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey

Embassy of the Russian Federation

Embassy of the Slovak Republic

Embassy of the State of Kuwait

Embassy of the State of Qatar

Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

Embassy of the United States


European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)

European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC)

Fujisankei Communications International Inc.

Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

German Business Protection (GBP)

German Foreign Ministry

Global Strategies Group

GMR Infrastructure Limited

Good Governance Group (G3)

High Commission of India

High Commission of New Zealand

High Commission for Pakistan

High Commission of South Africa

Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited

House of Commons Library

Hyflux Ltd

Indian Navy

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)

Institute for Strategic Studies Mongolia

Institute for World Politics and Economy

Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia

International Committee of the Red Cross

International Drug Policy Consortium

International Enterprise Singapore

Istituto Affari Internazionali

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)

Japan Institute for National Fundamentals (JINF)

Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japanese Ministry of Defence

JCB – Government & Defence Business Unit

Jetro London

Joint Forces Military University Library

Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA)

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG

Kyodo News Agency

Library, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Library, The Sejong Institute

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Lowy Institute for International Policy

Lubna Olayan

Mainichi Newspapers


Merifin Capital

Micheal Riordan

Military Academy at ETH Zurich (MILAK)

Military Advisor’s Office to the Permanent Representation of Brazil to the Conference on Disarmament

Ministere de la Defense (France)

Ministerio de Defensa (Spain)

Ministerstvo Obrany (Czech Republic)

Ministry of Defence, Denmark

Ministry of Defence, Slovenia

Ministry of Defense, Japan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Mitsui & Co.

Mitsui & Co. Europe Plc

Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute

Mizuho Corporate Bank

Mizuho International PLC

Mizuho Securities (Singapore)

Montrose Associates

Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies

N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd

National Defence College – Nigeria

National Defence University of Malaysia

National Defence University, Finland

National Defense Academy, Japan

National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan

National Intelligence Council (NIC)

National Police Agency, Japan

National Security Coordination Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore

National Security Council, Taipei

NATO Defense College (NDC)

NATO Engagements Section

NATO Parliamentary Assembly

NHK – Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Nomura International (Hong Kong) Ltd

Nomura Investment Forum Asia

Non-proliferation Policy Education Center

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)

Office of National Assessments (ONA), Australia

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Pennsylvania State University Libraries

Qatar Petroleum International

Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios

Research Center on International Politics and Conflict Resolution, Italy

Research Institute for International Affairs, Korea

Research Institute for National Security Affairs (RINSA), Korea

Research Institute for Peace & Security

Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS)

Royal Norwegian Naval Academy

S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU

S&T Dynamics

Salem Bin Ashoor

Sanoma Media Finland, Helsingin Sanomat

Saudi Military Attache (Saudi Embassy), UK

Sea Power Centre – Australia

SERCO Shared Service

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild

Standard Chartered Bank (India)

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Sun Pharmaceuticals Limited

Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd

TEAS – The European Azerbaijan Society

Thales Raytheon Systems

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

The Cohen Group

The Deane Group

The Economist

The Guardian

The Royal Institute of International Affairs

The Times

Tokyo Foundation

UBS Investment Bank

Ultra Electronics Holdings Plc


United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Universitat der Bundeswehr – Hamburg

US – UAE Business Council

Westpac Banking Corporation

World Animal Protection

Yomiuri Shimbun

Zeya & Associates Co. Ltd

Now those are some very heavy hitters folks.


The IISS Mission Statement

Provide, from an international perspective, to IISS members and the wider public, through publications and other activities, the best possible objective information on military and political developments relevant to the prospects, course, and consequences of conflict having an important military dimension.

Provide, to the same audience, and by similar means, the best possible analysis of the policies to be pursued by various governments and other actors to further and maintain international peace and security.

Convene government ministers, officials, international civil servants, independent analysts, business people and journalists in different formats, public and private, to advance understanding of political, military, technological, business, economic, environmental, social, religious and other trends that could have an impact on the prospects, course and consequences of conflict having an important military dimension.

Maintain, nurture and continually enlarge an international network of influential and knowledgeable individuals, corporate entities, governments and other bodies to ensure the effective dissemination of information, analysis and understanding of the subjects and activities addressed by the Institute’s work.

Aim, through these activities, to influence and promote the adoption of sound policies to maintain and further international peace and security and civilized international relations by all actors able to realize this aim.

The emphasis is not mine its theirs. In other words gather all the information and assessment they can about every aspect of every nations social lives without their knowledge or consent and sift through it to put the right spin on it and …. tell everyone else. This sounds so noble but in the end it is not nice at all. How they do what they do may be very enlightening.

Strategic Survey 2011

Strategic Survey 2011: The Annual Review of World Affairs was launched on 06 September 2011. This year, uprisings swept across the Arab world,  Japan suffered a triple disaster and the world’s most-wanted terrorist was killed. Strategic Survey 2011 contains a special chapter on the Arab Awakening.

Strategic Survey 2011: The Annual Review of World Affairs also includes a chronology of the year’s events, essays on important policy issues, and a Strategic Geography section providing vital data on key issues in map form. There’s a link to read more.

Military Balance 2011

There is persuasive evidence that a global redistribution of military power is under way, according to The Military Balance 2011. The US and other Western powers are losing their monopoly in key areas of defense technology, including stealth aircraft, unmanned systems and cyber warfare.
The Military Balance is the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual assessment of the military capabilities and defense economics of 170 countries world-wide. It is an essential resource for those involved in security policy making, analysis and research.

What do they know and what are they telling those who rule over us? By the way in this technological age they can manipulate the data to say whatever they want it to say.

Do we need to see more?


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