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Jean-Loup Samaan


Jean-Loup Samaan is a columnist for Al-Monitor. He is aresearcher in the Middle East department of the NATO Defense College. His current research projects include the Israel-Hezbollah standoff since their 2006 war, the Syrian civil war and its impact on the region and the evolution of the regional security system in the Gulf. Prior to that position, he was a policy advisor for the French Ministry of Defense and a visiting scholar for the RAND Corporation. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Paris La Sorbonne.

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Israel Looks Beyond the Region
For Strategic Partners

By  Jean-Loup Samaan | Fri, Oct 25, 2013
Confronted by a gloomy strategic environment, Israel has found new foreign policy partners in Azerbaijan, Greece and India.

France Out on Limb Over Syria

By  Jean-Loup Samaan | Thu, Sep 12, 2013
An assertive French policy on Syria has revealed the marginalization of France, and the EU, in dealing with Syria.

Is There Role for NATO
In Israel-Palestine Peace Process?

By  Jean-Loup Samaan | Thu, Aug 8, 2013
Many “ifs” remain about a NATO role in a final Israeli-Palestinian settlement, if there is one, but the option may be there.

UN Role in Post-Conflict Syria
Depends on Geneva

By  Jean-Loup Samaan | Sun, Jul 7, 2013
With no date set for the Geneva Conference, the UN has so far been unable to come up with a peacekeeping plan for Syria.

The Pakistani Test
Of the Israel-India Partnership

By  Jean-Loup Samaan | Sun, Jun 23, 2013
The recent controversy over potential Israeli arms sales to Pakistan is unlikely to undermine the Israel-India partnership.
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