Research Associate, Asia-Pacific Security Program - The Center for a New American Security (CNAS)


Organization Information

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit research organization dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. 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 the national security debate. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C.

Location - Washington, D.C. 

Job Description

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Research Associate to support the Center's Asia-Pacific Security Program. Candidates with a Master’s degree in Asia studies, security studies or a related field and at least one year of experience working on Asia-Pacific security issues are encouraged to apply.

The Research Associate will be expected to perform a variety of tasks outlined below. Please note that the following is an overview of primary responsibilities; other tasks may be required, and responsibilities will vary over time.

  Research and Analysis

  • New project conceptualization and assistance with developing research methodologies.
  • Literature reviews, in-depth research and data analysis.


  • Project proposals and grant applications in coordination with the Center staff.
  • Op-eds, journal articles, and co-authored/authored CNAS papers and reports.
  • Short analyses such as blog entries and commentaries.
  • Grant reports.
  • Project and event descriptions for the CNAS website or other materials.
  • Formal invitations.

  Project Development and Management

  • Research on and familiarity with potential funders.
  • Proposal development in conjunction with Center staff.
  • Budget generation and management.
  • Donor engagement and liaison.

  Event Design and Management

  • Formulation of event agendas including themes and speakers.
  • Help coordinating bulk emails and mailings.
  • Management of vendors and contractors in coordination with Center staff.


  • Content editing for substance and style, including of outside authors as necessary.
  • Management of team publication schedules and deadlines.

 Other Administrative Tasks

  • Scheduling.
  • Booking travel.
  • Compiling expense reports.
  • Maintaining website project content.

 Institutional Responsibilities

  • Participating in interviewing, employee orientation, and other personnel processes.
  • Attending internal meetings and representing CNAS at outside events.
  • Mentoring colleagues, formally and informally.
  • Networking, messaging, and outreach.
  • Staffing CNAS activities as needed.
  • Assisting the development staff when appropriate.
  • Occasional travel.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant area of study (IR, political science, security studies, area studies, etc.).
  • At least one year of work experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in foreign policy/national security and familiarity with Asian security issues.
  • Strong writing skills, including good grammar and diligent self-editing and fact checking.
  • Discretion, especially with regard to judging the quality of data and competing information sources.
  • Project management experience.
  • Strong multitasking and time management capabilities on a day-to-day basis, as well as for juggling multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Collegiality.
  • Willingness to maintain confidentiality.
  • Computer competency, including, but not limited to, proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

How to Apply

CNAS is accepting online applications only. Candidates must apply online using this link:

Complete application must include a cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position, a résumé or CV, and two writing samples.

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.

Deadline - N/A