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Jean-Loup Samaan

Associate Professor in Strategic Studies
UAE National Defense College

I am an associate professor in strategic studies at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Defense College, based in Abu Dhabi. My research focuses on Middle Eastern strategic affairs, in particular Israel-Hezbollah conflict, and the evolution of the Gulf security system.

Biography

I am an associate professor in strategic studies at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Defense College, based in Abu Dhabi. My research focuses on Middle Eastern strategic affairs, in particular Israel-Hezbollah conflict, and the evolution of the Gulf security system.
My 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. I 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.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Middle Eastern Security; Strategic Studies; Transatlantic Relations; US Defense Policy

Personal Interests

    Comparative Politics & Strategy; Middle Eastern affairs; Asian affairs; US Foreign Policy

Websites

Books

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Articles

Contemporary Security Policy

French Nuclear Weapons, Euro-Deterrence, and NATO


Published: Apr 05, 2018 by Contemporary Security Policy
Authors: Jean-Loup Samaan, David Gompert
Subjects: Military & Security Studies

The article covers the evolution of French nuclear doctrine, and its relation to European allies and NATO.

RUSI Journal

CYBER COMMAND: THE RIFT IN US MILITARY CYBER-STRATEGY


Published: Apr 05, 2018 by RUSI Journal
Authors: Jean-Loup Samaan

US efforts to develop a coherent cyber-strategy have foundered because of a fundamental divide in the interpretation of the conduct of cyber-warfare. Yet both sides of this intellectual rift could be in the wrong. As such, cyberspace does not lend itself to analogies with other strategic experiences. Instead, cyber-operations should be seen as augmenting military capability in the joint campaign.

Terrorism and Political Violence

Countering Jihadist Terrorism: A Comparative Analysis of French and German Experiences


Published: Apr 05, 2018 by Terrorism and Political Violence
Authors: Jean-Loup Samaan, Andreas Jacobs
Subjects: Military & Security Studies

As France and Germany have become major targets of jihadist terrorism, the calls for stronger cooperation in counterterrorism at the European level have grown in earnest. However, a comparative analysis of the national experiences from both countries evidences significant differences in terms of political culture, institutional division of labor, and legal oversight.

Defence Studies

Missile warfare and violent non-state actors: the case of Hezbollah


Published: Apr 05, 2018 by Defence Studies
Authors: Jean-Loup Samaan
Subjects: Middle East Studies, Military & Security Studies

Over the last three decades, Hezbollah adapted its military strategy and the operational function conferred to its missiles. Starting in 1992, rocket warfare became one of the primary tactics of the group to compel Israeli Forces in Lebanon. After the Israeli withdrawal in 2000, the strategy evolved into a deterrence posture to support the Party’s objective to remain the primary military power inside Lebanon.

Comparative Strategy

The Dahya Concept and Israeli Military Posture vis-à-vis Hezbollah Since 2006


Published: Apr 05, 2018 by Comparative Strategy
Authors: Jean-Loup Samaan
Subjects: Middle East Studies, Military & Security Studies

Since 2008, the Dahya concept has been portrayed by journalists, independent experts, and scholars as an official policy of Israel to address the threat of Hezbollah in Lebanon. Although this Dahya concept is not officially endorsed by the Israeli Defense Forces, it is a key reflection of the state of the Israeli military vis-à-vis Hezbollah debate since the 2006 war.

Survival

Jordan's New Geopolitics


Published: Apr 05, 2018 by Survival
Authors: Jean-Loup Samaan
Subjects: Middle East Studies, Military & Security Studies

Rapprochement with Hamas and the Gulf states could counter-balance Amman's dependence on the West. The effectiveness of this strategy will depend on the regime's ability to mitigate internal unrest.