Current Affairs Analyst – Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Strategic Brief (Paid Opportunity)

The Forum is looking for a Current Affairs Analyst to assist with its weekly Strategic Brief service on topics related to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

The Strategic Brief is an update covering key events in international and domestic affairs and economics across the Middle East and North Africa region which is sent to subscribers via email on a weekly basis.

This is a paid position which would suit someone with advanced knowledge and interest in the Middle East and particularly Israel and the Palestinian Territories, looking to be engaged in a dynamically developing think tank startup on a part time basis.

Knowledge of Arabic or Hebrew (at least reading skills) is required. Some experience in research and/or journalism is preferred. Key responsibilities would include 3-4 hours of research on politics-related topics and participation in an online team meeting once a month, as well as preparing a long-form current affairs analysis piece (c.800 words) on a bimonthly basis (compenstaed separately), to be published in the Forum’s Manara Magazine.

Please get in touch with the committee ( with a CV, a brief description of your skills and suitability if you are interested, or if you would like to receive more information about this opportunity.

Research Associate—”War or Peace: Applied History and the Prospects for an Israeli-Iranian Rapprochement” Project (Paid Opportunity)

The Initiative is offering a limited number of opportunities to work on the Initiative’s current project, “War or Peace: Applied History and the Prospects for an Israeli-Iranian Rapprochement.” 

The opportunity spans the entire research phase, from November 2022 to April 2023. Successful applicants will be awarded an honorarium of £1,000 at the end of the project, with opportunities for additional stipendiary work throughout the course of the project. 

The position offers extensive opportunities for networking with a high-level global network of experts and specialists, as well as opportunities for travel. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Reading and summarizing books and academic articles in English, Hebrew, and Persian.

  • Conducting interviews with academics, experts, and policymakers, either virtually or in person.

  • Drafting sections of the project and proof-reading.

  • Discussions with members of the project team about progress and current affairs. 

Preference will be given to graduate applicants, but motivated undergraduates are very welcome to apply. Literacy in Persian and/or Hebrew is extremely desirable. 

Please send a CV, a writing sample, and a brief response outlining your opinion on the project to

Get to Know MENAF: Networking and Social Event

MENAF is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a networking and social event to give a select group of interested students of the University of Cambridge the opportunity to learn more about our research projects, publishing opportunities and other paid part-time positions.

Students will get the chance to contribute to our weekly Strategic Brief as paid current affairs analyst, produce short-form articles for our Manara magazine, or take part in paid research projects. Students can also join MENAF’s strategic roundtable events in London, which are attended by various London-based policymakers and key thinkers on the Middle East.

Interested students should reach out to with a CV. Students from all levels of the University are encouraged to apply, as we will consider applications from both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Please note that this is an invitation-only event. Applications will be considered until the 28th of November.

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