Fellow/Senior Fellow, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative

The Brookings Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 14

Position description

The Foreign Policy program at Brookings conducts nonpartisan, independent research that addresses the most pressing foreign policy issues of our times. Our work informs the public debate and provides analysis and understanding of the dynamics of world affairs and the challenges they pose to the international community. We seek to shape policies and institutions in the United States and abroad that promote sustainable peace, security, and prosperity around the world. To achieve these overarching goals, the Foreign Policy program deploys 35 resident scholars and experts organized in five research clusters, who work both independently and collaboratively on issues ranging from energy and climate, to the regional geopolitics of Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, to American power in the international order. Our Washington, D.C.-based team is enhanced by a network of distinguished fellows and nonresident fellows who bring a broad and deep array of talent to the critical task of examining world events and institutions and proposing solutions to global policy challenges.


The Foreign Policy program is accepting applications for a fellow or senior fellow position working on arms control and/or non-proliferation issues, and to form part of the program’s Security and Strategy team. The position will be filled at either the fellow or senior fellow level, as determined by the expertise and experience of the candidate. The fellow/senior fellow will conduct research, policy analysis, writing, advising, and convening on nuclear and defense issues, for example such topics as: role of new technology in shifting the terms of nuclear acquisition and use, as well as posture and strategy; nuclear arms reductions, including U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reductions and arms control, and related issues such as missile defense and third-country nuclear forces; U.S. nuclear deterrence policy in the 21st century; and nuclear non-proliferation challenges, including strengthening the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, dealing with nuclear security, and regional security (Middle East, Northeast Asia, South Asia, Europe).

The fellow/senior fellow will manage research and assist the Vice President and other team members on outreach to include planning and organizing conferences, workshops, and briefings; and conducting media outreach. The fellow/senior fellow will undertake his or her own research projects, produce journal articles and longer monographs (including book-length), lead issue-focused meetings, work closely with other members of the Security and Strategy team, and interact with the national and international media through interviews and other press appearances. The fellow/senior fellow will also contribute to the relevant dimensions of other Brookings activities on geopolitics in Asia, Europe, and Russia; and U.S. strategy and security.


A bachelor’s degree is required; a Ph.D. in political science, international relations, history, political economy, or a related discipline – or comparable government experience -- is strongly preferred. While the specific research program will depend to some extent on the scholar’s interests and expertise, candidates should have a deep understanding of the political, strategic, and technical aspects of arms control and non-proliferation. 

Depending on the level of hire, in addition to academic credentials the successful candidate will have either significant experience making or implementing foreign policy, conducting policy analysis, and in senior management, or a proven record of publishing books and articles in internationally-known professional or academic journals and news publications, or both. In addition to these qualifications, a successful candidate at the senior fellow level will be recognized as a leading international authority within a particular area of arms control or non-proliferation scholarship or policymaking.

The individual must have a proven ability to conduct original policy research and analysis and to disseminate it to audiences with the objective of public policy impact. The individual must be able to competently lead and undertake both large-scale research projects and issue-focused meetings, conferences, and other events with little supervision. Fluency in English is required, along with outstanding written and oral communication skills, is required, and relevant foreign language skills are preferred.

The successful candidate must be motivated yet flexible, diplomatic, creative, trustworthy, a good team player, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Strong candidates should have extensive contacts among relevant policy, academic, and philanthropic communities, and must be comfortable working with and presenting to high-ranking individuals, current and potential funders, and Brookings senior management.

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

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