Research Fellow, Eurasia Program

Washington, D.C.
Research – Eurasia /
/ On-site
The Quincy Institute (QI) seeks a research fellow to join its Eurasia Program in Washington DC, headed by Dr Anatol Lieven. Fluency in French, German and/or Russian is required, as well as expertise in the politics and foreign policies of the countries of the European Union and NATO, and in particular their relations with Russia, Ukraine and the USA. 

The fellow’s key responsibility is to produce a high volume of original analysis and public communication to contribute to the debate in the USA on US foreign and security policy toward Europe, Russia and the other countries of the former USSR through research papers, policy proposals, and op-eds. The purpose of the Eurasia Program’s work is to advance QI’s goal of a US national security strategy based on diplomatic engagement and military restraint. Candidates must be dedicated to advancing QI’s mission and vision. 

This position entails promoting QI’s work among decision-makers and contributing expert commentary to various media outlets. The Research Fellow will respond to events of the day with rapid analysis to frame the media narrative, and will also build strong connections with the policy and media communities to maximize the visibility and influence of the Quincy Institute and its work.


    • Help to formulate a coherent response to the crisis in relations between Russia and the West, and to conceptualize and propose new US policies towards Eurasia
    • Develop restraint-based theories into concrete foreign policy proposals and build support for those positions through a high level of original scholarship, policy analyses and briefs, opinion columns, talking points and other materials for public dissemination
    • Develop knowledge in the US policy community of the internal political systems and dynamics of Europe, Russia, Ukraine and other countries of Eurasia, and of their foreign and security policies
    • Develop strong relations in the relevant policy community in the USA and Europe, including on Capitol Hill, promote QI’s work and agenda among decision-makers, and provide briefings to officials and elected representatives
    • Provide expert commentary and represent QI in the media
    • Organize and lead panels, roundtables, study groups, and workshops at QI or in partnership with institutes abroad
    • Support and brief the QI leadership as needed


    • Minimum of three years as an academic, policymaker or journalist, preferably at a university, think tank, non-profit, newspaper or government department
    • Demonstrated familiarity with the US foreign policy landscape and a strong record of scholarship or policy work in the fields of US policy and contemporary Russia and Eurasia
    • Strong understanding of and commitment to the principles of a US foreign policy based on the IR theory of Restraint
    • Ability to produce detailed, original analytical reports on Russia, Eurasia, and US policy
    • Fluency in French, German and/or Russian
    • Time spent living and working or studying in Europe. Time spent in Russia and other countries of Eurasia will be an additional advantage
    • Exceptional, clear and compelling writing and editing skills
    • Ability to translate foreign policy concepts into clear and engaging content
    • Ability to speak and write knowledgeably and comfortably about public policy research and findings to news media (key partners including state, local and federal policymakers as well as general audiences)
    • Ability to conceive and lead projects and complete them on time, on budget, and with attention to detail

About the Quincy Institute

The Quincy Institute is a public policy think tank in Washington, DC, founded in 2019 whose mission is to promote ideas that move US foreign policy away from endless war and toward vigorous diplomacy and forward-looking economic engagement, based on the grand strategy of Restraint. It envisions a world where peace is the norm, war the exception, and the United States a leading source of healthy ideas and influence. The Institute operates independently of any political party.