The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Tuesday, May 24th at 8:30 am: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host event entitled Cybersecurity After Information Sharing. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) will provide a keynote address, which will be followed by a panel discussion with Andrew Grotto, Shane McGee, Andy Ozment. James Lewis will moderate. RSVP.

Tuesday, May 24th at 2 pm: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on The U.S.-Saudi Arabia Counterterrorism Relationship. Tim Roemer, Simon Henderson, Karen Elliot House, and Daniel Byman will provide testimony. For more information, see the committee's website.

Tuesday, May 24th at 2:30 pm: The Stimson Center will release a new report entitled Defense Divided: Overcoming the Challenges of Overseas Contingency Operations. The release will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring Robert Hale, Laicie Heeley, and Barry Blechman. Register to attend.

Wednesday, May 25th at 10 am: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hear testimony from Stephen D. Mull, Thomas Countryman, and Adam J. Szubin on Iran Nuclear Deal Oversight: Implementation and its Consequences. Find more information on the committee's website.

Wednesday, May 25th at 3 pm: The American Bar Association will host an event entitled Achieving More Transparency About Secret Intelligence. Carrie Cordero, Alexander W. Joel, and Rachel L. Brand will offer their thoughts. RSVP by 12 pm on May 24th to receive call-in information.

Wednesday, May 25th at 4 pm: At the Atlantic Council, Angela Simpson, Aaron Alva, Duane Kobayashi, and Nyla Beth Gawel will discuss Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way: What is the Government's role in the Internet of Things? Josh Corman will provide introductory remarks and moderate the conversation. Watch the livestream or register to attend here.

Thursday, May 26th at 12 pm: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on The ISIS Genocide Declaration: What Next? Carl A. Anderson, Sarhang Hamasseed, Johnny Oram, and David M. Crane will provide testimony. See more information on the committee's website.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Research Assistant


Assist with the management and publication of Lawfare, a national security law website, in the Governance Studies (GS) program at The Brookings Institution. Provide research and administrative assistance on a diverse array of projects connected with the legal framework of the American national security policy. Undertake independent research assignments with minimal supervision, draft summaries of findings, and assist with preparation of publications. Collaborate with GS Communication staff on matters pertaining to public / private events, and GS Development staff on matters pertaining to donor proposals.


Editorial and Research Assistance (80%)

  • Produce content for weekly publications on Lawfare, and edit other writer's contributions for the site.

  • Work with Lawfare editorial team to manage the site, including the production of the podcast and other regular features.

  • Conduct library, database, and internet-based research in support of the Senior Fellow's work. Provide research as needed.

  • Proofread, fact-check and footnote documents in peparation for publication.

Administrative Assistance (20%)

  • Coordinate logistics for Lawfare and Brookings projects.

  • Assist with scheduling and coordinating events and meetings for Senior Fellow and other scholars of Lawfare.

  • Collaborate with development and communications staff as needed.


Education / Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in political science, government, or a related field required. Academic background in constitutional law, the judiciary, or legal questions surrounding security issues is highly preferable. Demonstrated interest in the law desirable. Minimum one year of relevant work experience.

Knowledge / Skills Requirements

Outstanding writing, analytical and research skills, demonstrated through prior independent research, experience as a research assistant, or journalism experience preferred. Ability to write clearly and without supervision is required. Thorough knowledge of library and online research resources and capacity to conduct independent research is a must. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and organizational skills are also required, as well as an ability to take initiative and to work in a fast-paced environment. Basic familiarity with Word Press or PHP is a plus.

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. In addition to cover letter and resume this position requires that applicants submit a writing sample

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

Brookings 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.

Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Legal Fellow

The American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and teaching the rules of war. In the coming years the American Red Cross will deepen and expand its programming around the world while also working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent network, in order to deliver vital help and hope to some of the most vulnerable communities.

We are looking for a Clara Barton Legal Fellow to work with the international humanitarian law (IHL) team to support our legal education program on IHL. The fellow will work as part of a small team where he/she will gain hands on experience conducting legal research and writing, providing thorough legal analysis on relevant IHL issues, and working to support and strengthen the team’s IHL education programs.

A background in international law or policy, and an interest in social media and educational development are essential. Our fellows work as integral members of our team and carry out professional level work in a supervised atmosphere.

Responsibilities include working with the Legal Advisors and the IHL Director, as well as other members of the team to deliver IHL Legal Education programs; research and write short updates for the team’s IHL blog; and compile updates on current IHL issues. Fellows will create promotional materials for use by ARC chapters, partner agencies, and community groups, as well as promoting IHL awareness internally. Fellows will also develop content for IHL-related events, brown bags, and speaking engagements; monitor social media and perform follow-up activities to strengthen our networks; and gather information on IHL programs for monitoring and reporting purposes. Fellows will have an opportunity to work with an IHL Legal Advisor to pursue an independent project related to a timely international humanitarian law issue.

Skills and Qualifications:

Recent law school graduate, with an interest in pursuing a career in international law or policy, international relations, or a related discipline. Prior knowledge of international humanitarian law or international criminal law essential; Must have strong written and verbal communication skills; robust legal research skills, and computer skills, including familiarity with social media tools; Ability to translate complex legal issues into terms understandable by an average member of the public with no prior IHL knowledge; passion for international law issues and humanitarian values; Interest in educational development; Must be responsible, mature, able to work independently, highly organized, detail-oriented, able to handle multiple tasks at the same time and work under deadline pressure; Willingness to do background research and perform general office duties, as required.

This position will begin September 1, 2016. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and writing sample to The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

For more information about the International Humanitarian Law team’s mission, please see: