Research Associate, South Asia
Council on Foreign Relations - Washington, DC

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: Research Associate, South Asia



Washington, DC Office


: Based on education and experience

Start Date

: July 2014

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 report to the Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia. The Fellow’s current work focuses on security, political, and economic issues throughout Asia, as well as regional U.S. diplomatic, military/intelligence, and assistance policies, with an emphasis on Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

Researching specific areas as requested by the Fellow.

Assisting with the drafting, proofreading and editing of articles, book chapters, and other written material, under the direction of the Fellow.

Tracking news and data sources on issues related to U.S. foreign policy and national security interests in South Asia.

Providing programmatic support to the Fellow, including answering telephones, handling correspondence, filing, and responding to requests for information.

Coordinating and scheduling events, including arranging mailings, preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support.

Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information, writing grant reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement.

Managing social media and other digital tools.

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 4,700+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes

Foreign Affairs

, the preeminent journal on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,

Posted May 2014


Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, South Asia Studies, or a related field, with superior academic achievement. Master’s degree preferred.

Demonstrated interest and academic background in South Asia and security studies required, with a particular focus on Pakistan or Afghanistan preferred.

Minimum 1 year related internship and/or administrative experience.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Outstanding research, proofreading, and editing skills.

Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, as well as advanced email functions (e.g., mail merge).

Application instructions

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.


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

Council on Foreign Relations

Human Resources Office

1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006

FAX +1 202.509.8490

Posted: May 2014

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