Fellow / Senior Fellow, Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology (Job ID: 2021-2776)

Posted Date 10 months ago(11/19/2021 9:24 AM)
Foreign Policy
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We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


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Foreign Policy at Brookings is a leading center of policy-relevant scholarship exploring the rapidly re-ordering geopolitics of the major powers, and the disordering relations among states and transnational actors. In line with Brookings’s core values of quality, independence, and impact, our scholars provide concrete policy recommendations for how U.S. strategy, the international security architecture, and leading states should adapt to changing threats and opportunities.


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Position LocationHybrid positions combine regular in-person presence at our Washington, DC, office with the option of at least two days of remote work each week.



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Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Foreign Policy program is accepting applications for a Fellow or Senior Fellow to join the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology. The primary responsibilities of this Fellow/Senior Fellow will be to conduct original research, analysis, and publishing and to participate in Foreign Policy activities on U.S. defense policy, national security, arms control, and military strategy issues broadly defined. The specific research agenda will depend on the expert's interests and expertise.


Based on that expertise, the Fellow/Senior Fellow will be expected to produce a substantial body of peer-reviewed policy research and publications, with an emphasis on books and articles, that contributes to setting the defense policy agenda and informing the public policy debate. The individual will also produce op-eds, blog posts, and other short publications, will interact with the national and international media through interviews and other engagements, and as appropriate will participate in and organize public and private events, conferences, workshops, and other activities.


Collaboration on research, publication, and other activities with Brookings experts in regional security, technology, and budget and fiscal policy is encouraged. The Fellow/Senior Fellow will also engage with current and prospective supporters of Brookings and the Foreign Policy program.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


The expertise and research interests of the Fellow/Senior Fellow in the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology should include a broad range of issues in defense policy, national security, and military strategy. They should include, but not be limited to, more than one of the following: the role of the U.S. military in strategic competition; the defense budget and Department of Defense operations; defense innovation and modernization; the potential applications of military and dual-use technology in national security policy and operations; arms control, strategic stability, and nuclear non-proliferation; and veterans and military family issues.


The position will be filled at either the Fellow or Senior Fellow level, as determined by the expertise and accomplishments of the candidate and the needs of the Foreign Policy program. A bachelor’s degree is required; a PhD in either international relations, government, history, regional studies, a related discipline, or hard sciences is strongly preferred. A minimum five years of professional, policy, or academic work experience in a relevant field is required.


Candidates must articulate a clear and compelling research agenda and must have a proven ability to conduct in-depth, high quality policy research and translate research findings into insightful, innovative, and practical policy recommendations. The Fellow/Senior Fellow also must be able to design and undertake issue-focused engagement and outreach strategies with high-profile audiences, in collaboration with communications staff across the organization. A proven ability to build and develop financial support for the work is preferred. 


Candidates at the Senior Fellow level normally will have at least two of: a PhD or other terminal degree; significant professional experience making or implementing defense policy, military strategy or operations, or foreign policy and conducting policy analysis; and a record of publication in peer-reviewed academic or policy journals, or at least one sole-authored book. A Senior Fellow candidate will be capable of providing breakthrough thinking in relevant policy areas and of influencing the intellectual discourse, and will be recognized as an authority within a particular area of defense and security scholarship or policymaking.


Outstanding written and oral communication skills, along with professional fluency in English, are required of all candidates. Professional experience in or directly with the U.S. government, specifically the Department of Defense, are strongly preferred. The successful candidate must be motivated yet flexible, diplomatic, creative, trustworthy, a good team player who seeks to participate in FP’s community of scholars and staff, and able to thrive in a fast-paced yet collegial environment.


Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.                                                                                      

 Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


Applicants must apply via the Brookings website, submitting a full curriculum vitae (CV) complete with a list of publications, and a cover letter describing research interests and priorities. Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.



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