Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies


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 whose work focuses on the Middle East and on democracy promotion.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

• Providing administrative support to the fellow, including handling correspondence and scheduling, and requests for information or interviews
• Researching specific areas for op-eds, articles, blog posts, book chapters, and other publications, as requested by the fellow
• Tracking news, significant analyses of Middle Eastern politics and of global democracy and human rights issues, and other data sources
• Assisting with the proofreading and editing of 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
• Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
• Assisting Fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed
• Supporting other Fellows and departments, upon request


• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, and/or Middle Eastern Studies with high academic achievement
• 1+ year(s) related administrative and/or internship experience preferred; experience coordinating events strongly preferred
• Strong research, writing, and editing skills
• Fluency in Hebrew preferred
• Strong organizational and planning skills and high attention to detail
• Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and internet research
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent computer skills, including MS Word and the Internet
• Experience living in Israel and/or the Arab world strongly preferred

About CFR

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,

The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.

The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

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