Council on Foreign Relations

  • Senior Fellow for Defense Policy

    David Rockefeller Studies Program
    New York
  • Overview

    This position can be based in either the New York or Washington, DC office.


    The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a senior fellow for defense with a focus on how new technologies are shaping the future of warfare. The fellow will be expected to conduct original research and writing on the challenges that new technologies pose for U.S. defense policy and to identify specific, concrete steps that policymakers should take as a result. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the national conversation on how U.S. defense policy should adapt in the face of rapid technological change.

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

    • Writing books, articles, and op-eds.
    • Organizing and leading roundtables, study groups, and workshops at CFR on issues at the intersection of defense policy, emerging technologies, and international security.
    • Interacting with CFR’s distinguished membership and participating in CFR programs and activities.
    • Meeting with administration officials, members of Congress, their staffs, and other relevant groups to brief them on research findings and recommendations.
    • Educating a broader public audience through media interviews and public speaking.
    • Developing fundraising proposals for the program in collaboration with senior staff.


    • PhD in International Relations or a related field, or equivalent experience in government, journalism, or business.
    • Demonstrated expertise on issues at the intersection of defense policy and emerging technologies.
    • An established publication record on defense technology issues.
    • Strong research, writing, and speaking skills.
    • Experience with mentoring junior staff 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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