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Washington, DC
February 19, 2020

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Brandon Beardsley

* * ** ** **********, DC *****, APT 916, USA

T: 407-***-**** (USA)


I am passionate about languages, culture, religion, and politics. However, I am most interested in utilizing these interests to understand contemporary political, business, and security issues. I have studied business management, marketing strategy, and data analytics at a graduate school level. I am currently trying to transition into a more law centered career, and view this paralegal opportunity as ideal in that regard. I have also studied research design and methodology at a graduate school level, published analytical articles, and can comfortably use book-length sources in Arabic, French, Turkish.


The Arabia Foundation (May 2019-August 2019) Washington DC

Research Assistant

-Conducted daily analysis from Yemeni and Saudi Arabian news outlets

-Regularly briefed senior staff on Turkish political and military developments

-Contributed to a report on the relationship between the Houthi militia and Iran

-Contributed to a project analyzing the speeches of Abdul Malik al Houthi

US Embassy Saudi Arabia (April 2018-June 2018) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Political Office Intern

-Acted as a control officer for visiting State Department officials

-Contributed to a project on the role of the Gulf States and Turkey in the Horn of Africa

-Authored a cable on judicial reform in Saudi Arabia

The Institute for the Study of War (Sep 2017-Dec 2017) Washington, DC

Turkish Translator Intern

-Open source intelligence collection, analysis, and forecasting

-Measured kinetic Turkish military activity in Syria and Iraq

-Conducted daily research using Turkish and Arabic sources

The Istanbul Policy Center (May 2017-Aug 2017) Istanbul, Turkey

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Department Intern

-Performed research, translation, and administrative tasks and duties

-Contributed to a research project by a German scholar on armed groups in Syria

-Coauthored a paper with Turkish scholars about Turkish foreign policy and Qatar

Wall Street English, Istanbul (Oct 2014-June 2016) Istanbul, Turkey

English Teacher and Arabic translator

-Taught six classes a day to university and professional students

-Designed original course content focusing on business principles and management

-Performed translation and interpreted for Arab students

-Regularly evaluated content effectiveness and student performance and satisfaction

English First, Jakarta (Aug-2013-Aug2014) Jakarta, Indonesia

English Teacher

-Taught six classes a day to high school age students and adults.

-Regularly evaluated content effectiveness and student performance and satisfaction


George Washington University (Aug 2016-2019) Washington, DC

Masters in Middle Eastern Studies

-Concentrations in Middle Eastern politics, political Islam, terrorism, business management, and administration

-Capstone project on Turkish policy in Syria(designed surveys and conducted interviews in four languages)

Florida State University (Graduated 2013) Tallahassee, Florida

Bachelors of the Arts in Middle Eastern Studies

-focuses in Arabic language and History (Minor in French language)

Bachelors of the Sciences in International Affairs

-Focuses in Economics and Religion (Minor in English)



English –Native

Arabic-Professional Proficiency

French-Professional Proficiency

Turkish-Professional Proficiency




Writing: Edited the English edition of the Turkish novel Tanri Acikinca.

Published articles and research reports: (What does Erdogan want from the Jamal Khashoggi Murder?)(The Tweet That May End a Clerics Life)(The Smoking Saw)(Why did the Saudis kill Jamal Khashoggi?)(How Iran Weaponized Yemen’s Houthis)

Software: Phidius(similar to Palantir), Linkurios(data visualization program), Adobe Illustrator, Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook

Research Methods: Ethnographic Mapping, Participant Observation, Survey Design, Conducting Interviews(four languages), Grant Writing, GIS Mapping

Public Speaking: Comfortable speaking in English, Arabic, Turkish, and French

Academic Language Programs:

•International Language Institute: (Fall 2019) Washington, DC

•University of Maryland (Summer 2019) College Park, Maryland

•Tomer Language Institute (June-July 2017) Istanbul, Turkey

•Dilmer Languge Institute (June-Aug 2016) Istanbul, Turkey

•Alliance Française (June-Aug 2013) Paris, France

•Qasid Arab Institute (Jan-Aug 2012) Amman, Jordan

•University of Jordan Language Center (Aug-Dec 2011) Amman, Jordan

•Lebanese American University (June-Aug 2009)(June-Aug 2010) Beirut, Lebanon

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