Assaf is a founding member and CEO of the Forum for Regional Thinking (FORTH) at the Molad Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy. He teaches at the Dept. of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in society-state relations in Jordan, civil-military relations in the Middle East, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Assaf is also a consultant for private and public sector organizations in Israel. From 2003 to 2006, Assaf was the secretary of the Israel Oriental Society, now the Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel (MEISAI). In that capacity he founded East Wind, the Association’s electronic journal, and was its first editor-in-chief.