Research Associate, Southeast Asia and U.S. Foreign Policy

Council on Foreign Relations
Full Time
Washington, DC 20006 (Foggy Bottom area)
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description

Overview: CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

The Research Associate will support the Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, whose work examines U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia, China, and other parts of Asia, and also the General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, whose work focuses on conflict prevention and tracking of current global conflicts.
The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to)::

  • Providing administrative support to senior staff, including answering telephones, handling correspondence, filing, and responding to requests for information.
  • Assisting with the drafting, proofreading, and editing of articles, book chapters, and other written material, as requested by the senior staff, which may include some degree of research on specific regions and areas.
  • Coordinating events, including roundtables, by arranging mailings, preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, scheduling, corresponding with speakers, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support.
  • Researching specific conflict areas as requested, including posting daily updates to the Global Conflict Tracker, the Center for Preventive Action’s online interactive which monitors and tracks developments in nearly thirty ongoing conflicts around the world.
  • Managing a complex array of budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement.
  • Assisting fellows with social media outreach, including publishing blogs, website, video, and/or using social media applications and other outreach.
  • Providing support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request.


  • BA degree in International Relations or a related field, with high academic credentials. MA degree preferred
  • 1+ year(s) related administrative and/or internship experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Outstanding research, writing, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Extremely well-organized and skilled at managing a complex array of administrative support assignments. Strong time-management skills with keen attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work proactively in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent professional judgment and demeanor
  • High level of proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Email, including some budgetary experience
  • Experience with blogging, social media, and data visualization preferred
  • An interest in Southeast Asia is a bonus, but is not required

About CFR: Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,

The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.

The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Location: 1777 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

Job Type: Full-time

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