Jean-Loup Samaan

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Jean-Loup Samaan is an associate professor in strategic studies at the UAE National Defense College. The views expressed do not reflect those of the UAE National Defense College, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, nor any government.

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Coronavirus, Naval Forces, and Maritime Security in the Strait of Hormuz

Western naval operations already are disrupted by the pandemic, which Iran may view as an opportunity to increase its activities in the Gulf.

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Gulf Arab States Position Themselves to be Pivotal Players in the Indian Ocean

By investing politically and economically in the small states of the Indian Ocean, both on its African and Asian shores, Gulf Arab states are positioning themselves as pivotal actors in the region.