Council on Foreign Relations

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

    David Rockefeller Studies Program
  • Overview

    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 of this position will 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


    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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