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Recent Initiatives

Recanati-Kaplan Applied History Initiative

The Recanati-Kaplan Applied History Initiative (AHI) is a response to the need to inform Middle East policy with deep historical insight. The AHI serves as a hub for historically-minded research into the Middle East’s most pressing diplomatic and strategic issues. Its work is to encourage historians to apply their work to Middle East policy, and to support policymakers with historical insight as they approach the region’s key issues. 

Fellowship Programme

The Fellowship Programme offers talented students and young professionals the opportunity to join discussions about the future of British foreign policy vis-á-vis the Middle East and North Africa region at the forefront of MENAF’s network.

Women's Leadership Initiative

Directed by the award-winning author and activist Dr. Nina Ansary, the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) promotes open, inclusive dialogue between scholars, activists, thought leaders, business leaders, and policy practitioners about women’s rights issues in the Middle East and North Africa region. 

Strategic Brief

The Strategic Brief is a concise news summary of the past week’s events complete with forward-looking projections on what’s next in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Upcoming Events

From keynote speeches, through expert panel debates, to roundtable discussions, the Forum hosts a variety of events throughout the year.

Browse among the lineup of events we hosted in the past.

Latest Past Events

The Hamas-Israel War: Regional Perspectives

Online on Zoom

Register to attend the event online on Zoom:* The event is organised and hosted in collaboration with Audere International.The war, triggered by Hamas' unprecedented surprise attack on Israeli towns

The Geopolitics of Energy in the East Mediterranean

Newnham College, Cambridge & Online on Zoom Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College, Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge

*Separate registration for IN PERSON and ONLINE attendees below.A series of discoveries over the past decade revealed that the East Mediterranean region sits on large reserves of natural gas. Plans

2023 Turkish Elections: 5 More Years of Erdogan?

Newnham College (Cambridge) & Online on Zoom Barbara White Room, Newnham College, Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge

*Separate Registration for IN PERSON and ONLINE attendees below.Described as the “World’s Most Important Elections of 2023”, Turkey faces dual presidential and parliamentary votes holding considerable ramifications for its future

Previous Events

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2023 Turkish Elections: 5 More Years of Erdogan?

7 March 2023

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Domestic and Foreign Policy Under Israel's New Government

13 February 2023

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In Conversation with Brian Hook

14 December 2022

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French Foreign Policy in the Middle East

6 December 2022

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Professor Brendan Simms, University of Cambridge


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