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Research Associate

New America’s International Security program seeks a Research Associate with a passion for evidence-based research into security issues and an ability to assist with the research and administrative work of the program. The Research Associate will help manage the program’s databases, write reports, organize events and conferences, and assist and lead other activities related to the program’s work.

New America’s International Security program provides evidence-based analysis of some of the toughest security challenges facing American policymakers and the public. Our research has addressed homegrown American terrorism, the development and nature of ISIS’ networks in the West, the United States’ drone wars abroad, the proliferation of drones around the world, and the future of war as it is shaped by profound shifts wrought by new technology and societal changes. The program also examines regional security issues, with a particular focus on the Middle East and South Asia.

The ideal candidate is detail-oriented and capable of taking the initiative. The candidate should bring an interest and background in security issues as well as an interest and ability to assist with the administrative aspects of running a program.


  • Assist with the development, analysis, and maintenance of New America’s databases on terrorism, drone proliferation, and drone strikes, among other issues.
  • Support the International Security program’s ongoing research projects and suggest and help initiate new projects including writing grant applications and proposals.
  • Write and develop analyses of the key security issues covered by the program.
  • Implement external communication initiatives across our website, social media pages, and other media outlets.
  • Track and analyze press coverage of the International Security program’s work and issue areas and identify editorial opportunities.
  • Develop strategy and execution plans for events, including panel discussions, conferences, and private meetings. Manage logistics for public events and internal programming.
  • Assist with the administrative operations of the program and its director’s work.


  • A bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • A background or demonstrated interest in the international security issues covered by the program.
  • Excellent organizational skills—candidates should have the ability to prioritize work and manage time on multiple projects and tasks to meet deadlines often with limited supervision.
  • Candidates should also be able to work as part of a team and coordinate with other program staff, fellows, and the broader New America community.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop sound arguments and write clearly and concisely.
  • Application Process:
  • Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample of five pages or fewer. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package. 

No phone calls/emails please.

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