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Graduate Assistantships: Conflict Resolution Program

  • Current peacemaking initiatives touch all corners of the globe and include conflict resolution work in the Middle East, including support for a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and efforts to achieve political transition in Syria and prevent violent extremism. (Photo: The Carter Center)

The Carter Center's Conflict Resolution Program seeks a qualified graduate student for the 2019-2020 session to conduct research and analysis on international engagement and the Syrian crisis.

The graduate assistant will work with the director of the Conflict Resolution Program and senior Syria team members to carve out a research project examining international diplomatic and military engagement with the Syrian Government and other key conflict actors over the past seven years of the civil-proxy war. The purpose of the historical review will be to identify missed opportunities for influencing the conflict's trajectory toward a peaceful solution. The historical review will then be used to feed into analysis about ways in which international engagement may be modified going forward to positively influence the Syrian situation for a just and inclusive peace. Key components of the research will include a review of sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe on the Syrian government, the role of the United Nations Special Envoy's office, and humanitarian and stabilization funding patterns from Western countries to Syrian and international entities. The program director will work with the graduate assistant to identify deliverables and oversee the research. 

Activities may include:

  • Written analytical reports for internal consumption to support programming and outreach efforts
  • Possible short briefings notes and/or commentary for external distribution depending on outcomes of the research


  • Currently enrolled graduate or doctoral student who has completed at least two semesters of academic coursework in a master’s or post-master’s level program
  • A 20-hour per week commitment for a period of 9-12 months
  • A background in political science, international relations, international law, and/or conflict resolution
  • While not required, familiarity with the Syrian conflict and the wider Middle East region is preferred.

Compensation: $14/hour

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Apply for a Carter Center Graduate Assistantship

Application opens Feb. 1-April 1, 2019.

Program: 9-12 MONTHS
(August Start)

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