Jay Mens is Executive Director and Recanati-Kaplan Senior Fellow for Applied History at the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum, a think-tank based at the University of Cambridge. Jay is a regular contributor to Al-Arabiya and has written for Foreign Policy, The Spectator, and The National Interest, among other publications. He also publishes academically on diplomatic and intellectual history. Jay holds an M.Phil. in History and a B.A. in Politics with Double First Class honours, both from the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian.
Download Publication Online Reader British strategy must go beyond preserving the status quo. This no longer exists. Two decades of Iranian expansion and regional turmoil (including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) have produced a new and evolving balance of power that currently favours Iran. British policy objectives should include maintaining freedom of access to and movement through the Middle East’s maritime chokepoints, in coordination with allies the […]
Any chapter in the long and extraordinary life of Henry Kissinger could serve as a starting point for a discussion of the state of the world. As Niall Ferguson, Kissinger’s biographer, notes, today’s world faces a set of interlocking crises that eerily resemble those confronted by the formidable ‘Super-K’. Kissinger was also a regular commentator on contemporary British politics. Despite criticizing the “stagnation” of the European Union, Kissinger initially opposed […]