Jean-Loup Samaan is an associate professor in strategic studies currently attached to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Defense College. His research focuses on Middle Eastern strategic affairs, in particular Israel-Hezbollah conflict, and the evolution of the Gulf security system.
His most recent book, Israel’s Foreign Policy Beyond the Arab World (2018), 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 for various international academic and policy journals such as Survival, Orbis, Comparative Strategy, Turkish Policy Quarterly, Politique Etrangère, and Internationale Politik.
Prior to his position in the UAE, he was a researcher for the Middle East Faculty at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defense College in Rome, Italy between 2011 and 2016. He was a policy advisor at the French Ministry of Defense from 2008 to 2011, where he conducted several net assessment studies covering transatlantic military affairs. While working for the French Ministry of Defense (MoD), Dr. Samaan participated in various French-American strategic foresight exercises with the National Intelligence Council as well as with the U.S. Air Force.
From 2009 to 2011, he was also an adjunct lecturer in international security at the French Institute for Political Studies, Sciences Program, and gave lectures to civilian and military audiences in various countries. In 2006, he was a visiting scholar at Duke University, and from 2007 to 2008, he was a researcher at the RAND Corporation in Washington, DC.
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, La Sorbonne as well as an accreditation to supervise research (2017) from the doctoral school of Sciences Po, Paris.