Fellow for China Affairs, Alliance for Securing Democracy

01 May, 2020


Fellow for China Affairs, Alliance for Securing Democracy

German Marshall Fund of the United States
Washington, DC

Department/Program Summary:

The Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan, transatlantic initiative housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), develops comprehensive strategies for government, the private sector, and civil society to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on foreign state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions. The Alliance works to publicly document and expose these actors’ efforts to subvert democracy in the United States, in Europe, and around the world.

Job Summary:

The Fellow for China Affairs will play a critical role in expanding understanding and analysis of the Chinese party-state’s efforts to undermine and interfere in democratic institutions around the world. This will include producing written analytical products, conducting independent research, and representing ASD at conferences and other events related to China’s foreign policy. The fellow should have strong research skills, as well as extensive knowledge of China’s foreign policy and its efforts to undermine and interfere in democratic institutions, particularly through the use of technology, information manipulation and control, and economic or financial coercion. Successful candidates will be entrepreneurial, hard-working self-starters, with an ability to pioneer innovative research and analysis in a developing and rapidly evolving field. They will also have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills, and the flexibility and willingness to prioritize competing demands while producing quality work on tight deadlines.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Conduct cutting-edge research on China’s efforts to interfere in democracies and democratic institutions
  • Publish analytical reports, briefings, and blog posts
  • Contribute to cross-cutting analysis with ASD’s other regional and functional experts
  • Present publicly on ASD research and findings and represent the organization at events
  • Establish partnerships with related organizations working on China’s malign influence operations
  • Organize roundtables, briefings, and events

Knowledge and Skills Needed:

  • A demonstrable interest or background in national security, democracy, as well as knowledge of and experience on China’s foreign policy and/or U.S.-China or Europe-China relations
  • Strong qualitative research and analytical capabilities on foreign policy/international affairs, particularly on China’s foreign policy and preferably on malign foreign influence in democracies
  • Demonstrated experience in a related field
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English. Fluent written and verbal in Mandarin is required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, growing, and team-based environment
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines, and to operate with minimal guidance
  • Track record of publications preferred


  • Master’s Degree in international relations, security studies, Chinese area studies, or a related field required
  • Minimum five years of related experience

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job posted: 2020-05-01