Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies, New York

David Rockefeller Studies Program
New York


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.


As part of the Studies Program, the Research Associate will support the work of a distinguished fellow who specializes in the Middle East. Current opportunities are on a fully remote basis through the end of calendar year 2020.

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

  • Providing administrative support to the distinguished fellow, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls, travel arrangements, and responding to requests for information and media appearances
  • Researching specific areas for books, articles, speeches, and other publications, as requested by the distinguished fellow
  • Assisting with the drafting, editing, footnoting, proofreading, and fact-checking of written material, blog posts, memos, and correspondence
  • 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 with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc.
  • Assisting in managing budgets, including tracking monthly statements and grant information and drafting reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Providing support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


  • Bachelor of Arts or Master’s degree in international relations, history, U.S. foreign policy, Middle East politics, or a related field, with high academic credentials
  • Strong knowledge of historical and current foreign policy issues
  • 1+years related work experience, including research and administrative experience
  • Strong research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of Hebrew and/or Arabic for the purposes of book research
  • Exceptional organizational skills and careful attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and database management

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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