Distinguished Fellow, China At US Institute of Peace

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The Distinguished Fellow for China will be responsible for leading substantive research, analysis, and programming on strategic stability and security in the U.S.-China relationship, as well as China’s impact on conflict dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region. This person will cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders working on issues related to China and the region, design and implement a robust research agenda, and lead programming work in this field. The Distinguished Fellow will report to the Director for East and Southeast Asia Programs and work closely with other colleagues in the Asia Center and across USIP. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, with some international travel required.

The Institute uses the General Schedule salary tables for administering compensation. Offers of employment are determined based upon candidate qualifications, related experience, internal equity, and the amount budgeted for the position.


Research, Analysis, and Thought Leadership:

  • Serves as a leading expert on China and its foreign policy, with particular expertise in topics such as China’s impact on conflict dynamics in the Indo-Pacific and/or strategic stability.
  • Researches and writes reports and articles for USIP publication on topics relevant to USIP’s work.
  • Provides technical assistance and substantive input to policymakers, non-government organizations, and regional and international organizations in the United States and abroad.
  • Provides briefings to governmental or other organizations on China and the Indo-Pacific.
  • Responds to public queries and media requests regarding China and the Indo-Pacific.
  • Leads efforts to represent the program in internal and external events and to disseminate information about USIP’s programs and research findings.
  • Proposes innovative research and programming to advance USIP’s mission.
  • Participates as appropriate in the planning and development of meetings organized by other Institute departments, recommending issues and participants.
  • Liaises closely with key stakeholders in the United States, the Indo-Pacific, and around the world.

Development and Planning:

  • Working with the Director for East and Southeast Asia Programs provides strategic direction and expertise that supports the development and implementation of research projects and other program activities related to China and the Indo-Pacific.
  • Structures and executes program activities and events related to China and its foreign policy.
  • Holds and maintains critical stakeholder relationships related to the program.
  • Meets with a wide range of domestic and international stakeholders to provide information on USIP and its work, expand institutional contacts and information-sharing, and explore potential collaboration.
  • Ensures the highest level of communication and cooperation with relevant USIP departments/divisions/teams and external partners.
  • Participates in strategic planning sessions with regional and thematic teams.
  • Keeps up to date on new research, programs, and policy initiatives as they relate to USIP’s work.

Program Management:

  • Pursues U.S. government funding for project initiatives.
  • Oversees development and submission of project progress reports as required.


  • Travels around the United States and internationally as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s or JD degree in political science, international affairs, law, or related field. Ph.D. preferred.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of related work experience working in/on China, including experience with U.S. government policymaking.
  • Knowledge and understanding of conflict dynamics in the Indo-Pacific, China’s engagement and influence in the region, U.S.-China relations, strategic stability and security, China’s influence in South or Southeast Asia, and/or best practices of conflict management and peacebuilding.
  • Demonstrated research, analytic, and writing skills, and excellent communication skills. Ability to write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with officials in government, international organizations, and national partners.
  • Fluency in English required. Working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese highly desired.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

  1. Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire, and salary requirements.
  2. Cover letter
  3. Resume

For questions about this position please email [email protected]Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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September 2023