Jean-Loup Samaan is a senior research fellow at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore as well as an associate research fellow with the French Institute of International Relations. His research focuses on Middle Eastern strategic affairs, in particular Israel-Hezbollah conflict, and the evolution of the Gulf security system.
Prior to that, Jean-Loup Samaan was a policy analyst at the Directorate for Strategic Affairs of the French Ministry of Defense (2008-2011), research advisor at the NATO Defense College (2011-2016), and associate professor in strategic studies detached by the US Near East South Asia Center to the UAE National Defense College (2016-2021).
His most recent book, Israel’s Foreign Policy Beyond the Arab World, looks at Israel’s periphery doctrine from its birth in the fifties until its contemporary renaissance. Dr. Samaan has authored three other books and several articles and monographs for various international academic and policy journals such as Survival, Orbis, Comparative Strategy, Parameters, Politique Etrangère, and The International Spectator.
He regularly gives lectures to civilian and military audiences in various countries and has been providing expertise to governments, international organisations as well as private companies.
Dr. Samaan is a former student of Arabic at the French Institute of Oriental Languages and the French Institute for the Near East in Beirut, Lebanon. He graduated from the Institute for Political Studies in Grenoble, and he holds a Ph.D. in political science (2009) from the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne as well as an accreditation to supervise research (2017) from the doctoral school of Sciences Po, Paris.