The Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, DC, seeks a senior fellow for Israeli Affairs.

This new position as a scholar at MEI’s Policy Center would work to broaden and diversify the Middle East policy discussion on Israel in the United States by producing original, balanced scholarship on Israel, its people, its domestic politics, foreign policy, economy, and cultural life.

About the Position

MEI seeks a part-time senior fellow, preferably based in Washington, D.C., to oversee and direct the research and analysis on Israeli affairs and coordinate with MEI’s broader policy efforts.

The senior fellow for Israeli Affairs reports to the Vice President of Policy.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Senior Fellow for Israeli Affairs will work closely with MEI’s leadership to: 

  1. Produce balanced and objective policy analysis on a range of important issues about Israel. Key topics include Israel’s internal political dynamics, economic and energy developments, defense and security policies, Arab-Israeli relations, relations with the Palestinians and the occupied territories, and Israel’s relations with the US and other global powers.
  2. Examine the role Israel plays on other broader regional trends including climate change, cybersecurity, economic investment, counterterrorism, and track II dialogues.
  3. Work in close cooperation with existing MEI policy programs, particularly the Palestine program, to offer constructive ideas about pathways forward and efforts to produce progress in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
  4. Expand and diversify the range of voices engaged in the Israel policy debate in Washington D.C to stimulate new ideas and fresh dialogue in Washington about Israel and its role within the region.


  • Master’s degree in a related field.
  • At least 5 years of scholarship experience and a publication record in the field.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize convenings and networks across the Middle East and Israel policy audiences.
  • Experience working with the media and presenting to business and academic audiences.
  • Fluent English required; Arabic and Hebrew proficiency preferred.
  • She or he must be proactive and accountable and be equipped to manage varied commitments, competing deadlines, and shifting priorities.


Salary commensurate with expertise and experience. Excellent benefits.


To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Please use “Senior Fellow, Israeli Affairs" as the subject line in your e-mail.