About the Organisation:

Set up in 1990, ORF seeks to lead and aid policy thinking towards building a strong and prosperous India in a fair and equitable world. It helps discover and inform India’s choices, and carries Indian voices and ideas to forums shaping global debates. ORF provides non-partisan, independent analyses and inputs on matters of security, strategy, economy, development, energy, resources and global governance to diverse decision-makers (governments, business communities, academia, civil society). ORF’s mandate is to conduct in-depth research, provide inclusive platforms and invest in tomorrow’s thought leaders today.

About the Opportunity:

  • Position: Junior Fellow/Associate Fellow/Fellow – Maritime Studies
  • Salary: As per industry standards
  • Reports To: Head of Maritime Policy Initiative, ORF New Delhi
  • Expertise: maritime security, maritime trade, marine environment, maritime connectivity, Blue Economy, marine conservation and sustainable development; laws of the sea, maritime infrastructure, and climate change impacts on the maritime domain.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • In-depth knowledge of maritime affairs (geopolitics, security, economics, connectivity, infrastructure, Blue Economy, maritime law)
  • Post-graduate or equivalent degree in international relations/defence and strategic studies (with experience in research and writing on maritime issues)
  • 3-10 years of work experience
  • Good publication record spanning analytical articles, research outputs, and project reports
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as on own initiative
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong relationship skills and team ethic

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Indian security policies in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.
  • The China challenge in the Indo-Pacific region
  • Coastal security architecture and nontraditional security challenges
  • Maritime domain awareness, Gray Zone operations
  • Role of Quad, ASEAN, and AUKUS in Indo-Pacific security
  • India as a security provider in the Indian Ocean
  • South China Sea security and the Taiwan issue
  • Growing importance of East Asia and the Pacific islands for India
  • Maritime trade, connectivity, infrastructure development and shipbuilding
  • Blue Economy, biodiversity and conservation, climate change impacts on the maritime domain
  • Advancements in naval technologies (drones, AI, precision weaponry, network-centric warfare)

How to Apply:

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