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Research Assistant, Center for Middle East Policy

Research Assistant, Center for Middle East Policy

Foreign Policy
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The Research Assistant provides research and administrative assistance for two scholars in the Foreign Policy program’s Center for Middle East Policy (CMEP). The Research Assistant conducts research on Middle Eastern politics and U.S. policy toward the Middle East, including topics such as Iran, the Palestinian territories, regional geopolitics, and regional conflicts; assists with posting materials to the Brookings website; and provides general administrative support to the Center and scholars for events and programs.


Research Assistance (50%)

  • Conducts relevant research for Fellows, Senior Fellows, and Visiting Fellows as assigned.
  • Reads relevant literature as directed; monitors regional media including regional language sources; prepares written summaries and analyses of relevant research areas.
  • Collects and analyzes information; assembles relevant material including press reports, interviews, government data, documents, seminars, and reports from a wide variety of sources including academic literature, library and Internet searches, the local media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), journalists, diplomats, and others in the field.
  • Writes summary reports, briefing memos, bibliographies and chronologies; compiles abstracts, analyses, summaries, and synthesizes books and articles.
  • Attends and writes summary reports of outside policy briefings, conferences, forums, and symposiums.
  • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; helps with editing and proofreading of publications; posts material to Brookings website.
  • Assists with identifying datasets relevant to Middle East policy, as well as downloading, cleaning, and merging data reproducibly, and producing graphic representation from raw data, as assigned.


Administrative Support (50%)

  • Works with CMEP staff, FP staff, and the central Office of Communications to support events.
  • Provides administrative, communications, and logistical support to Fellows, Senior Fellows, and Visiting Fellows as assigned; schedules appointments and makes travel arrangements; copy edits and proofreads as needed; prepares and edits correspondence and memos from verbal instruction.
  • Maintains paper and electronic files and databases of materials on relevant topics.
  • Works with other Brookings staff to prepare and revise content to update web pages of Fellows, Senior Fellows, and Visiting Fellows with new research, event information, and other Brookings webpages as assigned.
  • Provides general assistance for the Center as needed.


Education/Experience Requirements:


Bachelor’s degree required (degree in international affairs, political science, or related area with emphasis on Middle East politics preferred). Minimum two years of relevant work experience required. Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Fluent English speaking, writing, and reading skills required.  Strong research and analytical skills required. Outstanding writing and editing skills required. Superb organizational and interpersonal skills; poise, tact, discretion and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere while multi-tasking and completing tasks in a timely manner required. Ability to work independently or as part of a team required. Ability to effectively utilize the Internet, as well as demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, required.

Knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs required. Proficiency in regional languages preferred, especially Persian or Arabic. Knowledge of datasets relevant to Middle East policy, and the ability to download, clean, and merge data reproducibly preferred. Familiarity with Stata, Python, or R preferred. Ability to produce graphic representation from raw data preferred, including charts and tables, GIS maps and plots, or interactive graphics, using Tableau, ggplot, or d3.js.   



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