Research Assistant, Middle East Studies

Washington D.C.
May 01, 2018
Jun 05, 2018
Analyst, Research, Other
Career Level
Entry Level
Full Time

The American Enterprise Institute, a leading nonprofit public policy research organization, seeks a full-time research assistant to work in our foreign policy department, contributing to the Institute’s work on Middle Eastern and Turkish politics and American diplomacy in the region.


Responsibilities include primary research and general analysis of the region from Morocco through Afghanistan, as well as US policy toward the Middle East. Other duties include developing and organizing conferences, panel discussions, and events; overseeing long-term projects and grants; and providing administrative support.


Applicants must have excellent writing, editing, fact-checking, and research skills. An ideal candidate would have both an academic background in some aspect of Middle Eastern and security studies and some experience in the region. Language ability in at least one Middle Eastern language (specifically Farsi or Arabic) is strongly preferred. A demonstrated interest in American military issues, specifically US defense policy vis-a-vis Iran and the Arab States, is preferred.   


Qualified applicants should submit a resume, a cover letter, academic transcripts, and a 500-word writing sample with their online application at


About AEI


The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. The work of its scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in a belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture.


AEI is committed to making the intellectual, moral, and practical case for expanding freedom, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening the free enterprise system in America and around the world. Its work explores ideas that further these goals, and AEI scholars take part in this pursuit with academic freedom. AEI operates independently of any political party and has no institutional positions. Its scholars’ conclusions are fueled by rigorous, data-driven research and broad-ranging evidence.

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