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East Asia - China Research Associate

March 08, 2013 - March 18, 2013
Location:Washington, DC, DC
Employment Type:Part Time
Department:Research
Description:This position is designed to support research project through both research and analysis and administration of project activities in the Stimson Center’s East Asia –China Program. This program focuses on cross-Taiwan Strait relations and the United States' involvement with both Taiwan and the PRC. The program closely monitors political and economic developments in Taiwan to understand behaviors of major parties involved as well as the dynamic between the two sides of the Strait. Our research looks to elucidate the issues and make policy recommendations for not only the United States, but also the two cross-Strait players.

This is part time position that will require up to 20 hours per week.


Duties:• Assist in implementing the research projects that advance knowledge, debate and policy-making in Asian security; conduct project-related research using diverse sources
• Evaluate and suggest new areas or components to research that advance the goals and objectives of the project
• Participate in project strategic planning
• Monitor and developments in key strategic trends in the East Asia-China region, US strategy toward the East Asia-China region, US-China relations, East Asia-China’s security and defense policy, and East Asia-China’s domestic politics
• Summarize meeting notes, action items, and/or decisions
• Manage logistics for meetings, press conferences, seminars and other special events
• Act as liaison to project committees and external audiences as assigned
• Maintain project web-site and listserv
• Proofread and copy-edit project publications
• Coordinate media outreach plans; draft written correspondence such as issue briefings, press releases, and articles for the web
• Upon consultation with Senior Associate, develop and author original research and written materials including occasional papers, commentaries, reports, articles and issue briefs to disseminate research findings
• Identify and evaluate ways in which the project can better utilize technical resources for outreach and information gathering
• Assist with prospective funder research and preparation of funding proposals and follow-up reports
Qualifications:• Master’s degree in related field, or Bachelor’s degree in related field with 2 year relevant experience or equivalent education and experience
• Strong writing and copy-editing skills
• Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills
• Strong command of English and Chinese, including familiarity with both simplified and traditional Chinese characters
• Strong interest in China and cross-Strait relations and previous experience translating from Chinese into English
• Attention to detail and commitment to high quality work; record of academic excellence
• An ability to work independently


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