Associate Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

Full Time

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire an Associate Fellow to support its Transatlantic Security Program. Candidates with an interest in Europe, European Security, Transatlantic relations, and/or Russia and who possess excellent research, writing, and project management skills are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be self-starters comfortable working as part of a small, close-knit team in a fast-paced and fluid work environment. The Associate Fellow will have the opportunity to lead and/or contribute to research projects on high-impact national security issues, organize events, and engage with senior U.S. and European national security leaders. An ability to drive research, including executing the associated administrative tasks, and strong attention to detail is critical. The Associate Fellow will be expected to perform a variety of tasks outlined below. Other tasks may be required, and responsibilities will vary over time.



  • Identify the most pressing issues, trends, and questions related to Europe, European security, and/or Russia that US policymakers must prepare for and address.
  • Design, lead, and/or execute in-depth research projects to address the most pressing transatlantic, European security, and/or Russia-related national security issues.
  • Conduct research and draft high-quality reports, policy analyses, journal articles, op-eds, commentaries, and other written products related to core program themes.
  • Conduct background research and literature reviews to support program projects.
  • Collaborate with CNAS colleagues in the Transatlantic Security Program and other CNAS programs.


  • Develop a network of government officials, members of Congress, and congressional staff in the United States and Europe to stay abreast of cutting-edge issues, engage on research and analysis related to the program’s mission, and contribute to the program’s mission of encouraging greater transatlantic cooperation.
  • Build a profile as a thought leader on key program issues, including:
    • Participate on public panels;
    • Conduct media interviews.


  • Help lead and manage event series, including The Transatlantic Forum on Russia, Track 1.5 and Track 2 dialogues, private roundtables, and public events.
  • Design, plan, and execute events, including:
  • Formulate event agendas, including themes and speakers.
  • Generate invitation lists.
  • Moderate discussions.
  • Draft and send personalized invitations and external-facing event descriptions.
  • Oversee event logistics, such as venues, catering, etc., in conjunction with Center staff.
  • Identify topics and speakers for and coordinate the recording of the Brussels Sprouts podcast.
  • Coordinate with senior government and subject matter expert external speakers and their staffs.


  • Develop proposals, grant applications, and project budgets in conjunction with Center staff.
  • Develop and manage project timelines, tasks, and budgets.
  • Compile reporting requirements for funders in conjunction with Center staff.
  • Draft interim and final grant narrative reports.
  • Coordinate with outside authors as needed.
  • Help promote research among target audiences.


  • Participate in interviews and other personnel processes.
  • Attend internal meetings and represent CNAS at outside events.
  • Mentor colleagues.
  • Assist in the TSP intern hiring process and mentor TSP interns.
  • Assist in networking, messaging, and outreach about CNAS, TSP, and its products.
  • Attend and staff CNAS events and activities as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher.
  • Ability to work full-time in-person from CNAS’s Washington, DC office.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fluid environment and multitask.
  • Excellent organizational, logistical, and administrative skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Proven track record researching and writing on relevant topics.
  • Willingness to support the Transatlantic Security Program through administrative work.
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

Especially competitive applicants will have:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant area of study (e.g., Europe or Eurasia affairs, strategic studies, security studies, political science, international relations) is strongly preferred.
  • Foreign language skills in relevant geographic areas (primarily Europe or Russia).
  • Familiarity with and passion for the issues the Transatlantic Security Program addresses, including transatlantic security policy, NATO, European security and defense, Russia, China, emerging technologies, and/or US foreign and security policy. This can be demonstrated either through academic, professional, or personal experience.
  • At least three to five years of work experience in a position with transferable skills, including internships.
  • Project, event, and trip planning and management experience/skills.


The mission of the Transatlantic Security Program (TSP) is to strengthen transatlantic relations and help decision makers understand, anticipate, and respond to challenges in Europe and Russia. Key among these challenges are the rise of China, an increasingly assertive Russia, threats to democracy, and other changes in Europe’s security landscape that will require NATO to adapt. TSP addresses these issues by working closely with our network of current and former U.S. and European government officials, private sector partners, and academic experts to translate cutting-edge research into policy solutions. We foster high-level U.S.-European dialogue, convene seminars and public forums, and engage with media and citizens to shape the context in which policies are made.


The Center for a New American Security develops bold, innovative, and bipartisan national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit research organization, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C.

CNAS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

CNAS abides by all Federal and District of Columbia employment laws.


CNAS is accepting online applications only. Apply online using this link:

A complete application will include a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the position, together with a résumé or CV. Writing samples may be requested.