Jacob joined the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York in August 2014. He had previously been a Teaching Fellow in Middle Eastern Politics in the Department of Politics since October 2012.
He holds BA and MA degrees from the War Studies Department, King's College London, and was awarded his PhD by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, in October 2011. His first book, Small State Mediation in International Conflicts: Diplomacy and Negotiation in Israel-Palestine, is due to be published in June 2015 by IB Tauris.
Jacob's research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and conflict resolution, particularly the diplomacy of mediation, and the wider Arab-Israeli conflict. More broadly, his research interests include Middle Eastern politics and security, the development of radical and political Islam, and the 'war on terror'.
Future projects on the horizon include a re-assessment of Israeli security policy in light of the ongoing occupation of the West Bank, an analysis of the failed Olmert-Abbas negotiations following the Annapolis conference, and a study of Swedish overtures to engage in dialogue with Hamas.