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Careers

1) Senior Analyst – Counterterrorism

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Experience: Early to mid-Career
  • Deadline: Oct-23-2017

Position Description

The Arabia Foundation, a Washington DC-based think tank that specializes in the geopolitics of the Arabian Gulf, is seeking a full-time Senior Analyst – Counterterrorism. Senior Analysts are responsible for producing analytical products in the form of op-eds, reports, and quick comments that respond to current events in their field. Senior Analysts may also be called upon to participate in conference calls with journalists and policymakers, provide commentary on current events in television and/or radio, and help create multimedia products in their area of focus. Candidates must be highly intelligent, forward-thinking, and excellent writers who can craft innovative and incisive products that will grow the Arabia Foundation’s readership.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. from a top-rated university with an outstanding academic record in political science, international studies, history, social sciences, religious studies, security studies, Middle Eastern studies, or a related discipline with a focus on the Middle East.
  • 2-3 years of work experience related to Middle East politics with a focus on counterterrorism (CT), counterinsurgency (COIN), countering violent-extremism (CVE), and/or anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing;
  • Intimate understanding of the ideology and operations of Sunni terrorist entities operating in the Arabian Peninsula, particularly AQAP and ISIS;
  • Intimate understanding of the ideology and operations of Shia’ militant organizations operating in the Arabian Gulf region, particularly, Hashd al-Shaabi, the Houthi movement, and Hezbollah;
  • Intimate understanding of the Wefaq movement and IRGC involvement in Bahrain, Kuwait, and the Arabian Gulf region;
  • Intimate understanding of US and European CT, CVE, COIN, and anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing strategies and doctrines;
  • Understanding of Islamist terror networks operating in Europe and the Horn of Africa;
  • Understanding of US security and defense policy, and regulations governing sales of US military equipment overseas;
  • Arabic proficiency preferred;
  • Candidates must be first-rate writers with a strong authorial voice, unique perspective, and the ability to synthesize information, formulate arguments, defend their point of view, and write quickly and persuasively on their selected topic;
  • Candidates must be able to think creatively about foreign policy and geopolitical issues;
  • Candidates must be comfortable appearing on television, radio, and being quoted on the record;
  • Candidates with experience studying or working in the Middle East strongly preferred;
  • Candidates with a track record of publishing articles in print media or academic journals strongly preferred;
  • Ability to network with policymakers, academics, journalists, and think tank professionals;
  • Ability to multitask and adapt to a constantly changing workflow;
  • Ability to complete assignments on tight deadlines and work nights and weekends when needed;
  • Ability to respond to constructive criticism and work under close editorial oversight;
  • Ability to mentor junior researchers who will work with you.

Application Instructions

Applicants are requested to send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter which details their research interests and priorities, the contact details of two references, and two writing samples which reflect their knowledge and interest in their designated field, (preferably in one combined PDF file) via e-mail to info@arabiafoundation.org with “Senior Analyst – Counterterrorism” in the subject line. Please note that the total length of both writing samples may not exceed six pages single-spaced. Excerpts from larger works, such as a thesis chapter, are acceptable.

 

2) Senior Analyst – Iran

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Experience: Early to mid-Career
  • Deadline: Sep-29-2017

Position Description

Senior Analysts are responsible for producing analytical products in the form of op-eds, reports, and quick comments that respond to current events in their field. Senior Analysts may also be called upon to participate in conference calls with journalists and policymakers, provide commentary on current events in television and/or radio, and help create multimedia products in their area of focus. Candidates must be highly intelligent, forward-thinking, and excellent writers who can craft innovative and incisive products that will grow the Arabia Foundation’s readership.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. from a top-rated university with an outstanding academic record in political science, international studies, history, social sciences, religious studies, Middle Eastern studies, or a related discipline with a focus on the Middle East.
  • 2-3 years of work experience related to Middle East politics with a focus on Iran;
  • Candidates without an advanced degree but with at least 5 years of work experience with superior performance in a related field (especially military, security, and intelligence) may apply;
  • Intimate understanding of the history, politics, economy, society, and culture of the Islamic Republic;
  • Intimate understanding of Shia’a Islamic and Islamist thought and doctrine;
  • Understanding of the JCPOA and non-proliferation policies and doctrines;
  • Understanding of the US sanctions regime, US policy toward Iran, and US Congressional legislation on Iran;
  • Persian proficiency strongly preferred;
  • Work or academic experience in Iran strongly preferred.
  • Candidates must be first-rate writers with a strong authorial voice, unique perspective, and the ability to synthesize information, formulate arguments, defend their point of view, and write quickly and persuasively on their selected topic;
  • Candidates must be able to think creatively about foreign policy and geopolitical issues;
  • Candidates must be comfortable appearing on television, radio, and being quoted on the record;
  • Candidates with experience studying or working in the Middle East strongly preferred;
  • Candidates with a track record of publishing articles in print media or academic journals strongly preferred;
  • Ability to network with policymakers, academics, journalists, and think tank professionals;
  • Ability to multitask and adapt to a constantly changing workflow;
  • Ability to complete assignments on tight deadlines and work nights and weekends when needed;
  • Ability to respond to constructive criticism and work under close editorial oversight;
  • Ability to mentor junior researchers who will work with you.

Application Instructions

Applicants are requested to send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter which details their research interests and priorities, the contact details of two references, and two writing samples which reflect their knowledge and interest in their designated field, (preferably in one combined PDF file) via e-mail to info@arabiafoundation.org with “Senior Analyst – Iran” in the subject line. Please note that the total length of both writing samples may not exceed six pages single-spaced. Excerpts from larger works, such as a thesis chapter, are acceptable.

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