Stimson Center
  • 14-Sep-2021 to 19-Oct-2021 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Deadline to apply: October 19, 2021

Research Assistant, South Asia Program

Gaming Portfolio/Strategic Learning Initiative

The Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy research center, seeks a highly motivated individual to join the team as a full-time Research Assistant for the South Asia Program starting October 2021. The successful candidate will have prior educational and/or professional experience in research, the South Asian security and/or nuclear fields, and communications.

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 Assistant will primarily contribute to the day-to-day development and management of two projects within the South Asia Program: the Strategic Learning initiative and the gaming portfolio. The incoming staff member will provide administrative support for Strategic Learning and co-produce a new edition of its latest course, "Deterrence in Southern Asia," aimed at policymakers and provide support to the development, facilitation, and analysis of various games and simulations. The Research Assistant will also help advance programmatic objectives by providing administrative, editorial, and research support to the team.


Strategic Learning

  • Co-produce online courses and content focused on regional geopolitical and strategic dynamics. Tasks may include: organizing and conducting expert interviews; managing relationships with course lecturers and other stakeholders; producing video lessons, video series, and additional written content using course authoring software; liaising with graphic designers, peer reviewers, and other project consultants; and preparing course material for review by senior staff.
  • Implement innovative student-engagement strategies for online courses -- including opportunities for interactions between students and lecturers -- consistent with best practices for online courses.
  • Compile lesson plans and other instructor resources -- as well as manage relationships with administrators and professors -- to facilitate the integration of Strategic Learning courses into university curricula and syllabi.
  • Build vibrant communities of "strategic learners" on social media via organic content promotion and ad campaigns.
  • Monitor and collect analytics for Strategic Learning's online courses and website, reporting key insights to the program director, project manager, and funders, and adapting strategies as necessary.
  • Provide editorial and research support to the South Asia Program, and contribute original analysis as appropriate.
  • Perform other tasks as needed.

Gaming and Simulations

  • Provide research and project management support to the crisis simulation "En Garde" as a discussion and analytic tool. Tasks may include: researching academic and policy literature on wargaming and simulation design, Southern Asian regional politics, and crisis escalation; creating and revising the simulation's structure and content; maintaining and updating the gaming website; and incorporating feedback and analysis into game development.
  • Provide support to the facilitation of several escalation simulations, including: organizing logistics for and conducting the simulations; identifying and organizing audiences for future iterations; and analyzing simulation findings to draft summaries and reports.
  • Conduct outreach with simulation stakeholders and participations of "En Garde" in the United States, India, Pakistan, and China.
  • Deliver administrative support to the South Asia Program, including, but not limited to: soliciting information from staff for funder reports; managing event logistics; serving as an event rapporteur; and crafting communications for external audiences.
  • Perform other tasks as needed.



  • Demonstrated interest in Asian security issues, international relations, deterrence dynamics, and/or nuclear studies.
  • B.A. in Political Science, International Relations, or a related field.
  • 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.


  • Prior educational and/or professional experience in South Asia and/or the nuclear field.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms, analytics, and effective promotion strategies, including advertising platforms such as Google Adwords.
  • Video-editing background is a plus.
  • Experience with online education and/or website development.
  • Relevant, but not required, language skills include Hindi, Urdu, and Mandarin.
  • Supervisory Responsibility: Project consultants.

Requirement for Selected Interviewees:

  • Applicants selected for interviews may be required to complete one or more short research, editing, and/or writing assignments


  • Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-5 page writing sample saved as a single PDF.

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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