Fellow, Middle East Studies


The Center for the National Interest seeks to hire a Fellow to conduct projects on U.S. policy in the wider Middle East region. As the sole full-time professional staff member working on the region, the Fellow will play a key part in shaping this program and will be expected to build a highly visible role in Washington’s policy community. The successful candidate will be a competent and accomplished self-starter with expertise on one or more major issues (e.g., energy, terrorism, non-proliferation) or countries (e.g., Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia), strong writing skills, and a broad understanding of regional developments.

The appointment will ideally begin on September 1, 2017, though the date is negotiable.

Key responsibilities will include:

· Working with the management and a part-time senior colleague to define program priorities and leading the Center’s efforts in pursuit of the agreed goals;

· Conceptualizing, writing and submitting proposals to foundations and other organizations, in consultation with the management, to develop and expand the Center’s projects on the Middle East;

· Planning and organizing a monthly series of meetings focused on topical issues in the Middle East;

· Writing policy-oriented articles and reports, including for the Center’s magazine The National Interest and www.nationalinterest.org, commenting in national media, and speaking regularly at the Center and other organizations;

· Supervising a part-time program assistant and one or more interns, as needed.

A Ph.D. in a related discipline or equivalent professional experience is required; regional language proficiency (e.g., Arabic, Farsi) is desirable. Salary and benefits are competitive and based on experience and salary history.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, professional biography, the names of three references, and one or two policy-oriented writing samples to Paul Saunders, Executive Director, Center for the National Interest at info@cftni.org.