Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia


ISIS Malaysia was established on 8 April 1983 as an autonomous research organization. ISIS Malaysia has a diverse research focus which includes economics, foreign policy, security studies, nation-building, social policy, technology, innovation and environmental studies. It also undertakes research collaboration with national and international organizations in important areas such as national development and international affairs.

ISIS Malaysia engages actively in Track Two diplomacy, and promotes the exchange of views and opinions at both the national and international levels. The Institute has also played a role in fostering closer regional integration and international cooperation through forums such as the Asia-Pacific Roundtable, the ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS), the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and the Network of East Asian Think-Tanks (NEAT). ISIS is a founding member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP) and manages the Council’s Secretariat.

As Malaysia’s premier think-tank, ISIS has been at the forefront of some of the most significant nation-building initiatives in the nation’s history. It was a contributor to the Vision 2020 concept and was consultant to the Knowledge-Based Economy Master Plan initiative.

Foreign Policy and Security Studies
  • To provide relevant policy analyses on Malaysia’s strategic interests, and on regional and international issues, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Includes security studies, foreign policy, Southeast Asian politics and military affairs
Economics, Trade and Regional Integration
  • To promote rapid and sustained economic growth and equitable development
  • To develop actionable policies and to spur institutional change
  • Macroeconomic policy, trade and investment, banking and finance, industrial and infrastructure development, and human capital and labour market development
Social Policy and National Integration
  • Changing demographic and socio-cultural trends that are changing Malaysian society
  • Effective nation building and fostering greater national unity
  • Malaysian National Blueprint, youth, women and underprivileged communities
Technology, Innovation, Environment and Sustainability
  • Strategic foresight, collaborative research and policy advice to the public sector, businesses and policy audiences
  • Technology, innovation, environment and sustainable development
  • Green growth, as well as energy, water and food security