About the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF)

The Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF) is an independent non-partisan think-tank, and registered charity based out of 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.


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.

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