Research Assistant, Security and Foreign Affairs

U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Sep 09

Position description

Under the direction of the Director for Security and Foreign Affairs and Executive Director, the position is responsible for policy and issue analysis primarily in the fields of security and foreign affairs. This position requires the ability to:

1.      Monitor, investigate, and assess developments relevant to the Security and Foreign Affairs Team’s portfolio including, but not limited to, the topics identified in “requirements and qualifications” below.

2.      Draft detailed written and oral analyses and assessments of issues within the Security and Foreign Affairs Team’s portfolio.

3.      Provide support to Commission staff planning hearings, writing the Annual Report or other research reports, preparing testimony or other products by conducting research, drafting correspondence, writing, or fact checking.

4.      Work with designated hearing co-chairs, senior staff, and team members to plan, organize, and provide administrative support to Commission hearings. 

5.      Serve as a subject matter expert on assigned issue areas within the team’s portfolio for Commissioners, Member staffs, and Congressional committee staffs.

6.      Research and draft assigned portions of the Commission’s Annual Report.

7.      Attend seminars, meetings, and events on behalf of the Commission, and write memoranda to Commissioners and staff.

8.      Assist with developing and sustaining a professional network of China analysts in the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.

9.      Perform other duties as assigned.


1.      Strong and demonstrated ability to present information clearly and concisely through memos, reports, briefings, and other presentations. 

2.      Advanced research, analytical, and evaluative skills, including the ability to synthesize and analyze large amounts of disparate data on emerging and/or controversial issues. 

3.      Knowledge of Chinese security issues, including China’s military strategy, the capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army, and domestic security concerns.

4.      Knowledge of China’s foreign relations, including an understanding of the drivers, actors, and conduct of China’s foreign policy.

5.      Knowledge of U.S. foreign policy related to China and the Indo-Pacific (including U.S. alliances and other partnerships in the region) and U.S. military strategy, capabilities, and activities in the Indo-Pacific.

6.      Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Asian Studies, Security Studies, International Relations, or Political Science.



(Not required, but may be considered in the selection process)

1.      Experience in a Congressional or Executive Branch office, particularly with responsibilities for issues pertaining to China, Taiwan, or the Indo-Pacific Region.  

2.      Experience living and/or working in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.

3.      Ability to speak and read Mandarin Chinese, to include ability to effectively utilize sources of electronic and print information.

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