Research Associate, Russia 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’s aim is 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 distinguished fellow whose work focuses on Russia.

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

  • Researching specific areas as requested by the fellow; tracking both English and Russian language news and data sources on U.S.-Russia relations, Russian foreign policy, and regional security.
  • Providing logistical and administrative support, including handling correspondence, scheduling and calendar management, making travel arrangements, and responding to media and information requests
  • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, arranging travel, , corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support.
  • Assisting with managing program finances, 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 the fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, etc., as needed.
  • Supporting other fellows and departments, upon request.


  • Bachelor of Arts in international relations, political science or a related field, with high academic credentials and knowledge of defense and security issues pertaining to Russia. Coursework in U.S.-Russia relations preferred.
  • One or more year(s) related administrative and/or internship experience preferred.
  • Advanced Russian language skills are required, with the ability to conduct research with Russian language materials.
  • Strong research, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational and planning skills with outstanding attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite and database management
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team

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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