Senior Resident Scholar for Political Economy

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Oct 30

Position description

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW), launched in 2015, is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to providing expert research and analysis of the social, economic, and political dimensions of the Gulf Arab states and how they impact domestic and foreign policy. AGSIW focuses on issues ranging from politics and security to economics, trade, and business; from social dynamics to civil society and culture. Through programs, publications, and scholarly exchanges the institute seeks to encourage thoughtful debate and inform the U.S. policy community regarding this critical geostrategic region.

Position Overview:

One of three Senior Resident Scholars, this position at AGSIW oversees the political economic portfolio at the institute. S/he is responsible for producing on a regular basis high-quality, written analyses of key economic, trade, and financial developments in the Gulf region, and their broader geo-political implications. Senior resident scholars are recognized experts in their field and will be expected to draw on an extensive network of professional contacts to recruit participants for AGSIW public programs, and will themselves serve as panelists or moderators for these programs. S/he also will recruit non-resident experts who can contribute written analyses on economic issues for publication by AGSIW. The senior resident scholar supervises one research associate and assists with mentoring interns. Senior resident scholars report to the executive vice president.

Specific Areas of Responsibility:

  • Author timely and relevant analyses of important trends in the Gulf region. Senior resident scholars are expected to produce one full-length issue or policy paper, and at least three to four shorter blog posts, per quarter, including material suitable for AGSIW's original blog Marketwatch.
  • Maintain AGSIW's online Gulf Economic Barometer to ensure it reflects the latest events impacting ongoing economic reform efforts in the Gulf region.
  • Work closely with the Program Outreach & Communication team to develop concepts for AGSIW's programming, and participate as a program moderator or panelist. Help recruit guest panelists for AGSIW's public programs and private roundtables.
  • Promote the AGSIW's brand, and his/her own professional reputation, by contributing to scholarly publications and regional and international media outlets, and participation in conferences and seminars on relevant issues, both in the US and abroad.
  • Actively recruit subject-matter experts, both in the United States and the Middle East, with an eye towards building a cadre of non-resident fellows who can contribute to AGSIW publications and programs.
  • Participate actively in AGSIW's annual strategic-planning process.
  • Travel to the region to establish/maintain relationships with individuals and institutions and to conduct research, in support of AGSIW's overall mission.
  • Identify and assist with recruitment of Visiting Scholars from the region.
  • Identify, recruit, and supervise one part-time Research Associate.
  • Mentor interns.


  • Applicants should hold a PhD and have 8 to 10 years of research and/or academic experience with a focus on the political economy of the Middle East. A specific focus on these issues as they impact the Arab Gulf states is highly desirable.
  • The ideal candidate must have exceptional oral and written communication skills and must have held positions that required significant writing/publishing and public speaking.

Application instructions

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter that explains their interest in joining AGSIW and how they expect to contribute to its mission.

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