Foreign Policy Analyst

Cato Institute
  • Location
    Remote, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 29

Position description

The Cato Institute is seeking a foreign policy analyst for a full-time position with the Institute’s Defense and Foreign Policy department.


Applicants should have expertise in one or more of the following policy areas: grand strategy; U.S. foreign policy; relevant security issues in the Middle East, Europe, and/or East Asia, preferably including a focus on China; U.S. military force posture and strategy; or nuclear deterrence and arms control.


The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues. In the defense and foreign policy fields, Cato scholars argue for the United States to adopt a grand strategy of restraint, resist the tendency to use armed force to address foreign policy problems, seek diplomatic opportunities to advance U.S. interests and reduce threats, and ensure all American foreign policy actions comply with the Constitution and rule of law.


Cato’s Defense and Foreign Policy department has long been a leading voice among Washington think tanks calling for a grand strategy of restraint. Ideal candidates would be expected to continue building Cato’s body of work and reputation as a premier advocate for greater restraint in U.S. foreign policy through their research and writing.


Suitable candidates will:

· Have in-depth knowledge of relevant policy areas

· Have strong writing and communication skills

· Have experience doing high-quality research

· Be able to work both independently or collaboratively

· Be self-motivated and comfortable producing work on their own initiative

· Have a strong commitment to individual freedom and limited, constitutional government

· Possess an advanced degree (Master’s required, PhD preferred) in international studies, national security, or a related public policy field



Cato Institute policy analysts have wide latitude to conduct research and produce writings on their areas of expertise. Policy analysts are expected to be self-starters, conducting research and producing writing on their own initiative. This position will also involve opportunities to collaborate with other Cato Defense and Foreign Policy researchers on major and minor projects.


Policy analysts are expected to:

· Produce long-form policy papers, op-eds, and blog posts

· Conduct research projects

· Collaborate with other members of the Cato Defense and Foreign Policy team on joint projects

· Engage with government officials and other members of the foreign policy community

· Make media appearances and participate in public events on relevant topics

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