International Security Studies

31 Hillhouse Avenue, 203.432.1912

Arne Westad (History; Global Affairs)

International Security Studies (ISS) is a research hub of the Jackson School of Global Affairs. It is dedicated to the study of international history, grand strategy, and global security. It currently convenes scholars and practitioners around the following program areas:

  • Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy
  • Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy
  • Schmidt Program on Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Technologies, and National Power
  • America, China, and Eurasia Program
  • Maritime and Naval Studies Program
  • Africa Security Program
  • Nuclear Security Program

Although ISS is not a degree-granting program, it organizes a wide array of extracurricular activities open to all members of the Yale community, including lectures, dinner debates, conferences, symposia, workshops, and discussion groups. ISS also offers fellowships to postdoctoral scholars, predoctoral students, and members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and provides competitive summer grant funding to students. 

ISS faculty members, fellows, and affiliates write and teach about numerous aspects of international history and world affairs. Their interests range from geopolitics and economics to international and foreign area studies. They are driven by an interest in understanding the genealogy of modern times and developing holistic, comprehensive ways of thinking about the twenty-first century.

Inquiries should be directed to Further information on ISS can be found at