Senior Fellow/Fellow, Energy, Economics, and Security Program

Fellow/Senior Fellow

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Senior Fellow / Fellow to join the Energy, Economics, and Security Program. Ideal candidates will have experience in research and/or policy development at the intersection of international economics and national security, and an interest in China and/or broad emerging market economic trends. Additionally, experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: trade, capital markets, currency and payments, financial technology, sanctions, investment, banking, and industrial policy.

The Senior Fellow / Fellow is expected to contribute to the Energy, Economics, and Security Program team with collegiality and a team-oriented mindset. The ideal candidate should possess a proven track record of high-quality analysis, rigorous research and writing for technical and educated general audiences, and the ability to understand and clearly communicate technical concepts in writing and oral presentation.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

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

Research and Analysis

  • Design and implement new projects, research methodologies, and in-depth analysis on economics and national 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, specifically the area studies and technology programs.


  • Lead and/or participate in events, including working groups, panel discussions, roundtables, and task force meetings;
  • Conduct consultative meetings and outreach to senior 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;
  • Budget preparation and management in conjunction with Center staff;
  • Donor cultivation, engagement and liaison;
  • Project proposal and grant application drafting, presentation, and administrative management in coordination with Program and Center staff;
  • Preparation and submission of interim and final grant reports.

Event Design and Management

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

Publication Management

  • Content editing of CNAS papers and reports for substance, style, and layout;
  • Coordination with outside authors as needed;
  • Management of publication schedules and deadlines;
  • Collaboration with Center staff to develop compelling graphics, data visualizations, and other methods of content-delivery;
  • Strategy development and execution for 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;
  • Manage and mentor colleagues and future security leaders both formally and informally;
  • Networking, messaging, and outreach;
  • Staffing CNAS activities as needed;
  • Travel as needed, domestic and international.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Excellent organizational skills and uncompromising attention to detail;
  • Excellent and efficient writing skills, including diligent self-editing and fact checking;
  • Ability to train, supervise, support, and work collaboratively with others in a fast-paced environment;
  • Project management experience and a demonstrated ability to develop and carry out a project work plan;
  • Collegial and ethical professionalism committed to finding solutions and working collaboratively;
  • Discretion, especially with regard to judging the quality of data and competing information sources;
  • Willingness and ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

About the Energy, Economics, and Security Program

The Energy, Economics, and Security Program analyzes the changing global energy and economic landscape and its national security implications. From the shifting geopolitics of energy to tools of economic statecraft, such as trade and investment policy and sanctions, the program develops strategies to help policymakers understand, anticipate, and respond. This program draws from the diverse expertise and backgrounds of its team and leverages other CNAS experts’ strengths in regional knowledge, technology, and foreign policy to inform conversations at the nexus of markets, industry, and U.S. national security and economic policy.

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 and bipartisan research institution, 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. Candidates must apply online using this link:

A complete application must include a cover letter explaining interest and qualifications for the position and a resume or CV. Writing samples may be requested.