Dr Yonatan Mendel

Director, Israeli Strategic Forum

Yonatan (Yoni) Mendel is the Director of the Israeli Strategic Forum (ISF), a project of Oxford Research Group (ORG). Yoni is the Projects Manager of the Mediterranean Unit at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He completed his doctoral studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University in 2012. His doctoral thesis was on the political history of the study of Arabic in Jewish schools in Palestine/Israel from 1935 to 1985; it contained an analysis of the political and security networks that shaped the study of Arabic in Israel. Upon his return to Israel he received a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where he is teaching a course in the Department of Government and Politics titled “Language, Politics, and Conflict.”