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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 whose work focuses on the Middle East and on democracy promotion.

The major responsibilities 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 op-eds, articles, blog posts, book chapters, and other publications, as requested by the fellow
  •    Tracking news, significant analyses of Middle Eastern politics and of democracy and human rights issues, and other data sources
  •    Assisting with the proofreading and editing of 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
  •    Managing budgets, 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
  •    Managing social media and other digital tools


  •    Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in International Relations, Political Science and/or Middle Eastern Studies with high academic credentials
  •    Fluency in either Hebrew or Arabic strongly preferred
  •    Strong organizational, and program planning skills
  •    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  •    Excellent computer skills, including MS Word and the Internet
  •    Experience living in Israel and/or the Arab world strongly preferred
  •    1+ years related administrative experience desirable
  •    Strong research, writing, and editing skills

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 4,700+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background


Council on Foreign Relations

Human Resources Office

1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006

FAX +1 202.509.8490

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