Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, Center for Preventive Action

David Rockefeller Studies Program


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 Center for Preventive Action (CPA) seeks to help prevent, defuse, or resolve deadly conflicts around the world and to expand the body of knowledge on conflict prevention. It does so by creating a forum in which representatives of governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and civil society can gather to develop operational and timely strategies for promoting peace in specific conflict situations. The center focuses on conflicts in countries or regions that affect U.S. interests, but may be otherwise overlooked; where prevention appears possible; and when the resources of the Council on Foreign Relations can make a difference. The Research Associate will work under the direction of the director on projects related to conflict prevention and crisis areas within the Center for Preventive Action. 

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

  • Conducting research and editing for Center for Preventive Action publications, as well as articles and book chapters authored by the director 
  • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Shepherding reports and articles through the publication process, including drafting, proofreading, formatting, and editing documents for internal use and external publication
  • Managing the Center’s social media presence and other digital tools, including the online Global Conflict Tracker interactive. Planning and drafting posts, tracking metrics to assess performance, and developing marketing strategies to increase the Center’s online reach
  • Assisting with budgeting, including tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information, writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Providing administrative support to the director, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls and media requests, making travel arrangements, and drafting correspondence
  • Supporting other fellows and departments, upon request


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in international relations, political science, economics, or related social science field, with high academic achievement; strong knowledge of global affairs required
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and high attention to detail
  • Experience with website maintenance preferred
  • Related internship or professional experience
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, database management, and Twitter or other social media

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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