Research Assistant: Foreign and Defense Policy; Middle Eastern Studies, Political Economy

Washington D.C.
Aug 15, 2018
Sep 19, 2018
Analyst, Research
Career Level
Entry Level
Full Time

The American Enterprise Institute seeks a full-time research assistant to work on issues related to the Middle East, specifically the politics and economies in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arabian Peninsula.  


Primary responsibilities include analyzing and tracking the fiscal and monetary policies of the GCC, conducting research on the effects of Gulf foreign and economic policies on US interests, and supporting research efforts on liberalization, aid, and intervention in the Gulf. Other responsibilities include organizing and coordinating public and private events, overseeing short- and long-term research projects and grants, and providing administrative support.


This position requires outstanding quantitative and qualitative research skills. Experience with Excel is required, and experience with STATA is highly desirable. Qualified candidates should have an interest in international relations, specifically the politics and economies of the Middle East. Excellent written communication skills are a must. Arabic language skills are desirable.


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




About AEI


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