Resident Scholar- Counter-terrorism & Transnational Islamist Movements

Arabia Foundation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Mar 30

Position description

The Arabia Foundation, an independent Washington DC-based think tank focused on the geopolitics and socioeconomics of the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Arabian Peninsula, is seeking a resident scholar with expertise on counter-terrorism and transnational Islamist movements. 



  • Intimate knowledge of transnational Sunni and Shi’a networks such as Al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, and Iranian proxy networks;
  • Intimate knowledge of counter-terrorism (CT), countering violent extremism (CVE), and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) strategies, doctrines, policies, and programs in Middle East states, the US, Europe, China, and Russia;
  • 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;
  • Minimum three years’ experience as a think-tank fellow or equivalent OR university post-doctoral candidate and/or professor OR senior government policy professional or equivalent OR senior correspondent or journalist;
  • Minimum one year experience researching or working in the Middle East;
  • Distinguished track-record of publication in tier-one English language media, foreign policy journals, and/or peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Candidates must be first-rate writers with a strong authorial voice, unique perspective, and demonstrated ability to think creatively;
  • Candidates must be comfortable appearing on television, radio, being quoted on the record, and speaking at conferences;
  • Candidates must be comfortable networking with leading DC-area policymakers, academics, journalists, and think tank professionals;
  • Candidates must be comfortable mentoring junior researchers.

Application instructions

Applicants are requested to send a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (w/hyper-links), a cover letter which details their research interests and priorities, and the contact details of three references in one combined PDF file via e-mail to [email protected]. Please be sure to write “Resident Scholar” in the e-mail subject heading. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


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