Job Description: Research Fellow, Asia

Sep 4, 2020

We are seeking a full-time Research Fellow with a focus on geopolitics of – and US foreign policy in – Asia. This individual will be a part of EGF’s Independent America (IA) project, a three-year endeavor ​led out by EGF senior fellow Mark Hannah, which seeks to explore how US foreign policy could better be tailored to new global realities and responsive to the preferences of American voters. To date our research has been covered by Time Magazine, Axios, CNN, MSNBC and others.


Job Description
Research Fellow, Asia Focus

The Eurasia Group Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by board president Ian Bremmer and dedicated to connecting individuals to the geopolitical issues and events that impact their lives, seeks a full-time Research Fellow with a focus on geopolitics of – and US foreign policy in – Asia. This individual is part of a project headquartered out of our New York City office although, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Research Fellow will work remotely for at least the near term. We will consider candidates located in or willing to relocate to the New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, or Chicago areas. EGF’s mission is to educate and empower, reaching out to those left out of the foreign policy conversation. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal.



This grant-funded opportunity requires an individual who has deep knowledge of international relations, experience conducting primary and secondary research, and a commitment to exploring the possibilities for more military restraint in American foreign policy. This individual will be a part of EGF’s Independent America (IA) project, a three-year endeavor ​led out by EGF senior fellow Mark Hannah, which seeks to explore how US foreign policy could better be tailored to new global realities and responsive to the preferences of American voters. Using an existing research program developed by Hannah as a starting point, the research fellow will both (1) support and amplify the existing IA research agenda, and (2) expand the analytic and geographic scope through original research which further probes the possibility and policy implications of a more restrained US foreign policy in Asia.


This team member will focus on the US-China relationship, challenge the wisdom and the inevitability of a “new cold war,” explore the possibility of defending US interests in Asia with a less militarized posture, and seek to better understand and explain the importance and consequences of such a change. This will include exploration of the pressing questions affecting US foreign policy:


  • The role and effectiveness of America’s international military commitments, which are largely a product of the strategic realities of the post-War era
  • The allocation of America’s national security resources and efforts between various competing priorities—nation building, modern security threats, counterterrorism, climate change, pandemic response, etc.
  • The costs of and returns on America’s investment in policing the global commons
  • The institutional consequences of America’s expansive use of power abroad, and the question of how to revitalize a system of checks and balances which would rebalance the executive’s and the legislative branch’s war powers.



  • Design survey instruments, commission survey vendors, and analyze data to help EGF track public opinion domestically and internationally as it relates to US foreign policy in Asia.
  • Keep abreast of current foreign policy trends, tracking the agenda of the current administration and policy proposals of 2020 candidates.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to present Independent America project research at public events, conferences, and think tank panel discussions.
  • Draft white papers, issue briefs, commentary, blog posts, and presentations as well as talking points for external and internal audiences; play a key role in Asia-focused content development, including social media posts, online videos, graphics, and podcasts.
  • Manage a part-time undergraduate or graduate student intern to assist with research and writing, ensuring a mutually beneficial experience for both parties.


Specifically, the person in this position will be responsible for achieving annual, deliverable goals:

  • Updating two white papers – “Worlds Apart” and “Modeling Democracy” – with longitudinal data and trend analysis.
  • Five to seven independently authored and published op-eds under own byline, collaboration and research support on two to three other IA project op-eds.
  • Research and writing, as well as archival research, to support fifteen-twenty episodes of the “None Of The Above” podcast, which is part of the IA project.
  • Liaising with various consultants (social media, fundraising, podcast development, media relations) and freelancers (filmmakers and podcast editors, etc.) on both content development and paid promotion to reach audience growth goals.
  • Proposing, planning, executing, and promoting at least one stand-alone research product which contributes to the mission of the IA project.



  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in political science or international relations or a related field
  • At least 7 years of experience performing research and education on issues of foreign policy
  • In-depth understanding of the relevant literature (including relationships with some thought leaders, academics, journalists) on US foreign policy in Asia
  • Self-starter with an ability to work within defined parameters while meeting expected targets
  • Strategic about using social media channels to reach non-traditional audiences
  • Experience supporting nonprofit fundraising is preferred
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and move projects forward according to their timelines
  • Excellent communication, presentation, writing, and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with standard office software including the Microsoft suite


Application Process

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EGF is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to helping people make meaning out of the impact that geopolitics has on their lives by empowering them to get involved in the issues that matter to them most. We take complex issues and ensures they are accessible to everyone through a variety of traditional and nontraditional media, including events and meetings, papers and presentations, videos, infographics, podcasts and the full array of social media channels. We bring together diverse groups to discuss pressing international issues. We amplify and disseminate information to traditional and nontraditional audiences and involve them in conversations that impact their lives. Broadening the debate, encouraging and informing new thought leaders and working to expand the perspective of those currently in power is the aim of our work. More information can be found at