Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan
Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan ASSOCIATE Professor

Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan is an Associate Professor in strategic studies at the National Defense College in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to coming to NDC, he served for five years as lecturer and deputy director of the Middle East Faculty at the NATO Defense College.

From 2008 to 2011, he was a policy advisor at the French Ministry of Defense, where he was responsible for several net assessment studies covering transatlantic and Middle Eastern affairs. During that time, he was also an adjunct lecturer in strategic studies at the French Institute for Political Studies, Sciences Po, 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. His current research considers the evolving competition between Hezbollah and Israel in light of the Syrian conflict.

Dr. Samaan has authored three books and several academic articles in various international journals such as Survival, Orbis, Comparative Strategy, Turkish Policy Quarterly, Politique Etrangère, and Internationale Politik. He 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 holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Paris La Sorbonne.