Senior Resident Scholar

Position Title: Senior Resident Scholar (Political Economy)

Department/Team: Research

Location: Washington, DC

About AGSIW:

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 regular high-quality, written analyses of key economic, trade, and financial developments in the Gulf region, and their broader geopolitical implications. Senior resident scholars are recognized experts in their field and will be expected to draw upon an extensive network of professional contacts to recruit participants for AGSIW public programs and private roundtables, 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 of interns. Senior resident scholars report to the executive vice president.


  • 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 blog Market Watch.
  • 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 Programs and Outreach team to develop concepts for AGSIW’s programing and participate as program moderator or panelist. Help recruit guest panelists for AGSIW’s public programs and private roundtables.
  • Work with the Publications and Digital Media team in developing compelling multimedia content, including participating in and conducting interviews for videos and podcasts.
  • Promote the AGSIW brand, and his/her own professional reputation, by contributing to scholarly publications and regional and international media outlets, and participating in conferences and seminars on relevant issues, both in the United States and abroad.
  • Actively recruit subject-matter experts, both in the United States and the Middle East, with an eye toward 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.

How to Apply:

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 to

AGSIW is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law. No phone calls please.


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