The Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF) is an independent non-partisan think-tank,
and registered charity based at the University of Cambridge.
The Forum is dedicated to encouraging original, intelligent, and constructive dialogue about the Middle East and North Africa,
and to developing and advancing policies that secure Britain’s role in it.
In 2016, the Forum was established in Cambridge as a venue for scholars, journalists, and policy practitioners to discuss their work at events and roundtables.
In 2020, the Forum became a registered charity in both the UK and the US with the mission of fostering productive dialogue about Britain’s role in the MENA region, and to using historical and regional insight to develop an intelligent, far-sighted vision of Britain in the Middle East.
In 2022, the Forum launched the Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Recanati-Kaplan Applied History Initiative, expanding the scope of the Forum’s work, its network, and its ability to think about the region.
Today, the Forum produces research that approaches key regional issues from historical and global perspectives. As well as its publicly-available projects and publications—especially Manara Magazine and the weekly Strategic Brief—the Forum also provides independent analysis and recommendations to policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall, and around the world.
The Forum also remains a venue for debate and discussion, hosting talks, interviews, and roundtables in Cambridge and London. The Forum hosts regular roundtables and Track II dialogues for London’s business, policy, and diplomatic communities, creating a venue for constructive discussions about the Middle East’s future in a local and international context.