Fellow / Associate Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

Fellow/Associate Fellow

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Fellow / Associate Fellow for its Indo-Pacific Security Program. This individual will be responsible for supporting the program’s research agenda; conceptualizing and executing research projects; assisting in the management of the program’s operations including through liaising with donors; working collaboratively with other programs and Center staff, and engaging with external stakeholders to contribute to national debates related to the Indo-Pacific region. Candidates with strong research and analytical background in regional security issues and Northeast Asian political, economic, and security issues are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Indo-Pacific Security Program has an ambitious research agenda that encompasses sharpening America’s edge in the strategic competition with China, managing the North Korea threat, and strengthening U.S. alliances and partnerships across the region. The program’s policy studies are informed by a range of research activities, from tabletop exercises and workshops to extensive fieldwork and desktop research. Drawing on the knowledge and real-world experience of its core team and adjunct fellows, along with its network of public and private sector partners, the program provides policymakers in the United States, the Indo-Pacific, and interested third regions with concrete analysis and recommendations on security issues, including those that originate in the Indo-Pacific but have global implications.


The following is an overview of primary responsibilities. Other tasks may be required, and responsibilities will vary over time.

Research and Analysis

  • Design and implement new projects, research methodologies, and in-depth analysis on East Asian regional security issues;
  • Write and publish high quality, rigorously researched reports, policy analyses, journal articles, op-eds, commentaries, and other written products related to core program themes and other CNAS research priorities;
  • Engage outside experts to conduct research and analysis related to the program’s mission;
  • Collaborate with other CNAS research programs, including those focused on functional areas such as technology, defense, and economics.


  • Lead and/or support the execution of events, including working groups, panel discussions, roundtables, and other convenings;
  • Participate in consultative meetings and outreach to Executive Branch officials and subject matter experts, Members of Congress and staff, diplomats in Washington and abroad, and private sector executives across a range of industries;
  • Serve as an expert commentator in the media and engage in public outreach through social media, podcasts, public speaking, and other outlets;
  • Engage key constituency groups and organizations, including domestic and foreign professional associations, relevant multilateral institutions and bodies, and counterpart research or advisory institutions in the United States and abroad.

Fundraising, Project Development, and Management

  • Research potential funders;
  • Prepare and manage program budgets in conjunction with Center staff;
  • Engage and liaise with current and prospective donors;
  • Develop project proposals and grant applications by providing drafting and administrative management support in coordination with Program and Center staff;
  • Prepare and submit interim and final grant reports.

Event Design and Management

  • Formulate event agendas including themes and speakers;
  • Design, manage, and support public and private workshops, roundtable discussions, and other events that contribute to Center’s research agenda.

Publication Management

  • Edit content of program-specific and Center-wide papers and reports for substance, style, and layout;
  • Coordinate with outside authors as needed;
  • Manage publication schedules and deadlines;
  • Collaborate with Center staff to develop compelling graphics, data visualizations, and other methods of content-delivery;
  • Strategize and execute the promotion of research products among target audiences.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Participate in candidate interviews, employee orientation, and other personnel processes;
  • Attend internal meetings and represent CNAS at outside events;
  • Mentor colleagues and future security leaders both formally and informally;
  • Liaise with external stakeholders to raise awareness about CNAS’ research;
  • Staff Center-wide activities as needed;
  • Travel as needed, domestic and international.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Strong education and research background in Northeast Asian political, economic, and security issues, particularly relating to China, North Korea, and U.S. alliances in the region;
  • Excellent organizational skills and uncompromising attention to detail;
  • Excellent and efficient writing skills, including diligent self-editing and fact checking;
  • Collegiality and ability to work collaboratively with others in a fast-paced environment;
  • Project management experience and a demonstrated ability to develop and carry out multiple project work plans simultaneously;
  • Discretion, especially with regards to judging the quality of data and competing information sources;
  • Demonstrated experience working with the media (print, television, radio, podcasts, and other multimedia) and familiarity/experience with social media;
  • Willingness and ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Master’s degree in relevant area of study (e.g., political science, international relations, or security studies) preferred;
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

About CNAS

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, DC.

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.

To Apply

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 resume or CV. Writing samples may be requested.