Jean-Loup SAMAAN

Associate research fellow,  Turkey and Middle East Program

Research Interests:

  • Defense policies in the Middle East
  • Arab Gulf States
  • Israel/Defense and Foreign Policies
  • Lebanon/Hizbullah
  • United States/Middle East Policy, Indo-Pacific


Jean-Loup Samaan is an associate research fellow at Ifri's programme on contemporary Turkey and the Middle East. He is also a senior research fellow at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore. 

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). He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Paris 1 (2009) and an accreditation to supervise research from Sciences Po (2017).



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