Research Analyst, Geo-Economics, Geopolitics and Strategy Program

International Institute for Strategic Studies-Americas
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 09

Position description

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is a world-leading think tank on global security, political risk and military conflict with offices in London, Singapore, Manama and Washington DC. The IISS–Americas office in Washington DC plays a highly active role as a base for the IISS in the US and elsewhere in the Americas, promoting the institute and its research to relevant constituencies, servicing the individual and corporate membership, and initiating events for local audiences consistent with the IISS international reach.  

We seek to appoint a Research Analyst to support the programme on Geo-Economics, Geopolitics and Strategy. This position will work closely with the Senior Advisor for Geo-Economics and Strategy based in the IISS–Americas office in Washington DC.

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing research support to the Senior Advisor for Geo-Economics and Strategy, including but not limited to, research and analysis on key geo-economic issues such as: sources of geo-economic leverage and power; assessing the viability of different types of geo-economic influence; and understanding the interface between geo-economics and geo-politics;
  • Project management of the Institute’s new research project on China’s Belt & Road Initiative, which includes coordinating the activities of IISS scholars from all four IISS offices;
  • Support formulation and execution of outreach and events for the Geo-Economics, Geopolitics and Strategy Programme.

The IISS provides a competitive salary with benefits.


The successful applicant will have 1–2 years of experience and an advanced degree (relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of), with some combination of experience in research support, administrative support and external relations. Mandarin language skills are preferred. They will also demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, sound judgement and discretion, and the ability to manage multiple complex tasks concurrently.

Applicants must have the ability to work in the US (the IISS–Americas is unfortunately unable to assist in procuring visas or entry permits).

Application instructions

Candidates should provide a cover letter, resumé, and a list of three references citing Research Analyst Geo-economics to [email protected] by 23 November 2018.

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