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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, we host a variety of events throughout the year.

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Previous Events

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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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Iraq in Turmoil: Domestic and Regional Perspectives

2 November 2022

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Libya: Towards Elusive Stability

18 March 2022

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