Jay Mens is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and is Executive Director of the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum, where he runs the Recanati-Kaplan Applied History Initiative. He also directs Middle East research at Greenmantle LLC, a macroeconomic and geopolitical advisory firm.

Jay has written about international relations, past and present, for numerous popular and academic publications. He is currently finishing his first book, an applied intellectual and diplomatic history of the Israel-Iran Conflict. During his fellowship, Jay will work on a new project on the enduring intellectual and geopolitical legacy of the Eastern Question (c.1800-1914) and its lessons for U.S. Middle East policy. He holds a B.A. in Politics with Double First Class honours and an M.Phil. in History, both from the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in French, German, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi.

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