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Research Associate, South Asia Program

Deadline to Apply: October 23
The Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy research center, seeks a highly-motivated individual to join the team as a full-time Research Associate for the South Asia Program starting in November 2022. The successful candidate will have prior educational and professional experience in research, the South Asian security field, as well as previous editorial experience.
The South Asia program produces policy analysis and academic research on strategic trends and geopolitical dynamics in Southern Asia order to inform policy debates and scholarly work. We believe this dispassionate, reasoned approach is vital to generating high-quality strategic thinking that will advance regional and global stability. The program also focuses its efforts on
partnering with the next generation of South Asian analysts and policymakers to build better tools for regional stewardship and enduring relationships for deliberative engagement. We seek to foster space for respectful dialogue and debate for all those who seek it, be they rising scholars, contemporary experts, or government officials from New Delhi, Islamabad, Washington DC, and Beijing.
The Research Associate will serve as the Managing Editor for the South Asia Program's South Asian Voices (SAV) publication. This role involves working closely with SAV's network of 300+ authors from across South Asia and coordinating the regular publication of policy-driven analysis on South Asia's strategic and security affairs. The Research Associate will manage the South Asian Voices publication schedule, regularly edit articles for publication on SAV with support from the SAV Deputy and Associate editors, and oversee SAV's continued growth through online promotion and production of quality content. The Research Associate will also help advance programmatic objectives by providing administrative, editorial, research, and mentorship support to the team. This role includes supervision of a Research Assistant.

  • Serve as Managing Editor for Stimson Center's South Asian Voices publication, an online policy platform focused on the politics, economics, and security of South Asia;
  • Provide substantive and stylistic feedback to authors based on SAV style and publication guidelines to support in the development of policy relevant articles for an international audience;
  • Review regular submissions to SAV and pitch articles to authors to produce timely and quality content;
  • Oversee and support on the development of long-term projects to be published on South Asian Voices, including SAV series and special initiatives;
  • Manage relationships with project stakeholders including funders, relevant analysts, SAV translators and contract editors, and Stimson support staff;
  • Provide editorial and research support to the South Asia Program, and contribute original analysis as appropriate;
  • Deliver administrative support to the South Asia Program, including, but not limited to: preparing funder reports; managing event logistics; serving as an event rapporteur; and crafting communications for external audiences.

  • 2-3 years of relevant work experience;
  • Demonstrated interest in Asian security issues, deterrence dynamics, and/or nuclear studies;
  • B.A. in Political Science, International Relations, or a related field;
  • Prior educational and/or professional experience in South Asia and/or editorial experience;
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate with peers in a team environment;
  • Demonstrated analytical, research, and writing skills;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to manage multiple deadlines;
  • Diplomatic skills and cultural sensitivity;
  • A record of academic excellence.
  • M.A. in Political Science, International Relations, or a related field;
  • Language skills including Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, or other regional languages.
  • Experience with website management, SEO optimization, and analytics tools including WordPress and Google Analytics.
Please submit the following in a single PDF in the order listed below:
  • Cover letter;
  • Resume (maximum two pages);
  • Writing sample (maximum five pages).
Applicants selected for interviews may be required to complete one or more short research, editing, and/or writing assignments.
Stimson is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.