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Brookings Fellow (Job ID: 2021-2545) in Washington, District Of Columbia


Join one of themost influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.

The Governance Studies program at Brookings aims to be the leading, independent voice in the domestic policymaking sphere though analyzing policy issues, political institutions and processes, and contemporary governance challenges. Lawfare, founded as a small blog in 2010, has grown to become one of the nation’s most trusted sources of information and analysis on issues of national security law, covering a broad range of issues from cybersecurity and terrorism investigations to war powers and government surveillance.

Please note:This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarilyteleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

The Governance Studies program at The Brookings Institution (“Brookings”) is accepting applications for a two year Fellow appointment in support ofLawfare, a high-impact, rapidly-growing, nonpartisan website examining issues at the intersection of national security and the law, published in cooperation with Brookings. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in national security policy, a working knowledge of and strong interest in Congress and legislative politics, and experience reading and analyzing legislation.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to join theLawfareeditorial team and contribute toLawfare’s unparalleled analysis of complex challenges in the US national security arena, specifically as it intersects with legislative and executive efforts to reform executive branch authorities. This includes: writing thoughtful summaries and analyses of passed and proposed legislation for publication on the site, translating complex, technical documents for wider audience consumption, participating in relevant events, and discussing topics on theLawfarePodcast. As a part of the editorial team, the Fellow will collaborate with multiple stakeholders to edit works for publication and generate ideas for site content in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. She/he will also have the opportunity to do independent research within the Governance Studies program at Brookings.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required. 3-5 years post-graduate experience in legislative or national security writing required. Master’s degree preferred.

Candidates are required to have demonstrated expertise in national security policy, and a proven record of publication on the subject of executive-legislative disputes. The successful candidate will have a rare combination of superlative writing and editing skills, familiarity with Congress, experience reading and analyzing legislation, and a demonstrated record of writing high-impact work on executive abuse and reform. He/she should also be able to work well as a part of a team and thrive in a fast-paced environment and react quickly to changes in the news cycle.

Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Additional Information:

What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and CV/resume. Please attach your cover letter and C/Vresume as one document when you apply. Applicants should submit a CV with a list of publications, a cover letter describing research interests, and at least three references by March 9, 2021. Start date is negotiable; however, filling the position by April 1 is strongly preferred.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookingswelcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law.Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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Posted Date6 days ago(2/23/2021 11:28 AM)

ProgramGovernance Studies

Job FunctionResearch

Job ID2021-2545

SalaryCommensurate with experience