Research Associate, U.S. Foreign Policy, Middle East, and Europe

Council on Foreign Relations
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 11

Position description

CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Senior Fellow on projects related to the Middle East, Europe, and general U.S. foreign policy.  

The major responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 

  • Providing administrative support to the fellow, handling correspondence, scheduling, and responding to requests for information
  • Researching specific areas for articles, book chapters, other publications and speeches, as requested by the Senior Fellow
  • Assisting with the proofreading and editing of op-eds, journal articles,book chapters, and other written material
  • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Assisting in managing budgets, including tracking monthly statements and grant information and drafting reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Assisting the fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc., as needed
  • Providing support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


  • Bachelor’s degree or beyond in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, or related social sciences field, with high academic achievement
  • 1+ years related administrative experience preferred
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills 
  • Specific expertise and interest in Middle East preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Arabic language skills beneficial
  • Strong organizational skills and program planning skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Twitter or other social media

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