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Research Associate South Asia Program
Full Time Washington, District of Columbia, United States - 20036

Deadline to apply: December 10, 2021

Research Associate South Asia Program

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 January 2022. The successful candidate will have prior educational and professional experience in research, the South Asian security and nuclear fields, and wargaming and/or simulations.

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 primarily manage the South Asia program's gaming portfolio, leading the development and facilitation of simulations and incorporating findings into the broader research agenda. The Research Associate will also be responsible for planning and executing a range of virtual and in-person track II engagements with regional participants, and for advancing programmatic objectives by providing administrative, editorial, research, and mentorship support to the team. This role includes both supervisions of a Research Assistant and Junior Fellow.

The expected start date is January 4, 2022, and the selected candidate will be required to be based in the Washington, DC area. Salary is commensurate with experience and organization-wide compensation levels. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to complete one or more short research and/or writing assignments.


  • Manage Stimson South Asia's gaming portfolio, facilitating virtual and in-person simulations with the U.S. and regional players;
  • Refine current and develop new games in response to programmatic objectives;
  • Plan and execute virtual and in-person track II engagements with regional and U.S. participants;
  • Draft and publish reports on findings, including analytical insights and policy recommendations;
  • Manage relationships with project stakeholders including funders, relevant analysts, 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, wargaming and simulations, 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, the nuclear field, and/or wargaming or simulations;
  • 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 include Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, or other regional languages.

Application Requirements:

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.

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